According to Sprint, the popular cellphone service provider, it's set to unleash an all-inclusive unlimited data plan for only $80 a month. You could text, call, surf the Web and stream videos as much as you want! But if you think that sounds too good to be true, you're completely right.
Sprint is offering this "unlimited" data plan but most people don't know that their data will be throttled after they exceed a certain threshold. After customers reach that limit, their streaming speeds will be drastically slower.
This means that movie you want to stream with your fancy new plan will most likely lag and pause when you try to watch it.
It's not the only cellphone company that has been in hot water over throttling controversies. A few weeks ago I told you about an FCC ruling that deemed AT&T's throttling practices unfair to customers. It said that AT&T failed to properly inform customers of the data throttling and fined them $100 million.
Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, explained why such severe action was taken against AT&T. In an official statement, LeBlanc said, "Unlimited means unlimited. As today’s action demonstrates, the commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits."