Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

Summary: According to an internal memo from Sprint that's popped up on the web, the carrier is going to allow the sharing of "buckets" of data on plans with multiple devices.

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One of the biggest complaints levied at wireless carriers is the inability to share smartphone data among family members or multiple devices. According to an internal memo from Sprint that's popped up on the web, the carrier is going to allow the sharing of "buckets" of data on plans with multiple devices, effective June 12.

From the memo:

4G Data Share Plans: SNAP enables activation of 4G and 4G/3G combined bucket data share plans. This enhancement allows accounts with multiple subscribers to share data usage across subscribers with common Share IDs.

As a result of this change, a data share plan could have separate 4G, 3G or 4G/3G buckets. In addition, rate plans can have a voice pooling ID with voice minutes and a data share ID with data allowances. SNAP will not show pooling options for team members to help guests setup polling share options for guests.

Sharing data allotments almost certainly means the end of unlimited data plans on Sprint, as that is not conducive to sharing. Most likely the plans will come with variable caps based on monthly fees, and these buckets of data are subject to sharing. Sprint has not commented on the shared data plans.

It is great to see this finally coming to market, and hopefully other carriers will soon follow suit. Customers should be able to use paid data plans as desired, and this is a good start.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    What is surprising about this is that for all the noise AT&T, VZW and T-Mo have been making about shared-data buckets over the last 6 months or so, it's Sprint who will be first to market with this. I hope it works; it's a great idea whose time is long overdue.
    podstolom
  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    It's about time - now hopefully the other carriers will follow suit AND include the use of tethering/ hot spot with that data bucket.
    athynz
  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    I already have a Family Everything Data Plan that I am quite happy with. Unlimited 3G/4G on 3 devices.

    What concerns me is that Sprint will probaby 'grandfather' my plan, but as soon as I upgrade each line, they will slowly be forced to the new tiered pricing.
    cowboys2000
  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    Sprint is best and better fast connections than crappy att and verizon and cant get a signal tmobile
    ipadsucks
    • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

      @ipadsucks
      Also sprint is the first with such a kind of ideas to implement.
      Ram U
  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    This will not be good for high data users like myself. I average 6GB of data every month on my EVO and I don't stream any movies. This will be the avenue that Sprint has been looking for to "stick it" to power users. It will be great for families that mostly text and send email though. I have been with Sprint for 14 years and I would bet that by this fall my Sprint bill won't be much different than Verizon once they drop he unlimited data. That is the day I will be forced to switch unfortunately. Then about one month later Verizon will end up buying Sprint anyway if the ATT and T Mobile deal happens.
    tgeek32
  • RE: Sprint to offer shared data buckets for customers

    Well, now it's the 13th, and no announcement from Sprint concerning "data bukets" or any line item listed on their web site. I guess that's the problem with "internal memos." They aren;t meant for public consumption.
    podstolom