Maybe, but you had better read the T.O.S. first.
Hello Guys & Gals,
Welcome back to ACSyndicate! Many of you know me for getting the best news out of carrier controversy, well, I’m back again with some more for ‘yah!
I was browsing the XDA-Developer forums, and I ran across a post, and found out some information… so I did some research, and with the help of a Sprint Rep who released an internal document that I’ve leaked below.
Well, some of us know that Sprint is JD Power & Associates #1 in Mobile Carriers for the best User & Buying Experience. Most know that Sprint brags about how they are the ONLY unlimited carrier for internet, with no throttling what-so-ever* But what happens if you start to play with the tether, ether by paying for it or by root, and somehow you get up to 100GB in data usage??? Sprint claims that they are the only truly unlimited* carrier… If that is so, then why would they send out such a letter, if you reach such a whopping amount of data usage???
Look at their advertisement:
Now, this letter:
Wow, Sprint is packing some serious heat here!!! So do you think that Sprint is truly unlimited? Maybe, but the only way to be sure if you are working in the restrictions of the T.O.S. is by reading it.
You can do what you want with the file below (T.O.S.) On the bright side, they are doing this so that other users get optimal speed.
All carries have a T.O.S., so make sure you read over it well, not everything is so straight forward like the commercials make them out to be, and be on the lookout for this ( * ) in any documentation that is of legal nature you may come across in life.
*SPRINT TERMS OF SERVICE EXCERPTS:
“About Data Services & Content Our data Services and your Device may allow you to access the internet, text, pictures, video, games, graphics, music, email, applications, sound, and other materials (“Data Content”) or send Data Content elsewhere. Some Data Content is available from us or our vendors, while other Data Content can be accessed from others (for example, third party websites, games, ringers, applications, etc.). We make absolutely no guarantees about the Data Content that you access on your Device. Data Content may be: (1) unsuitable for children/minors; (2) unreliable or inaccurate; or (3) offensive, indecent, or objectionable. You’re solely responsible for evaluating the Data Content accessed by you or anyone through your Services. We strongly recommend that you monitor data usage by children/minors. Data Content from third parties may also harm your Device or its software. We are not responsible for any Data Content. We are not responsible for any damage caused by any Data Content that you access through your Services, that you load on your Device, or that you request that our representatives access or load on your Device. To protect our networks and Services or for other reasons, we may place restrictions on accessing certain Data Content (such as certain websites, applications, etc.); impose separate charges; limit throughput or the amount of data that you can transfer; or otherwise limit or terminate Services. If we provide you storage for Data Content that you have purchased, then we may delete the Data Content without notice or place restrictions/limits on the use of storage areas. Data Content stored on a Device, transmitted over our networks, or stored by Sprint may be deleted, modified, or damaged. You may not be able to make or receive voice calls while using data Services. Data Content provided by our vendors or third parties is subject to cancellation or termination at any time without notice to you, and you may not receive a refund for any unused portion of the Data Content.
However, Sprint’s terms and conditions prohibit some uses of Internet access. Sprint reserves the right to take action when customers violate these terms and conditions including blocking the traffic, slowing the customer’s effective data speeds, or discontinuing a customer’s service. Below is the prohibit data use portion of the terms and conditions:
Sprint data services are provided solely for purposes of web surfing, sending and receiving email, photographs and other similar messaging activities, and the noncontinuous streaming of videos, downloading of files or online gaming. P2P and other uses that may adversely affect our network are not permitted on Sprint’s network. Our wireless broadband Internet access services may not be used: (i) to generate excessive amounts of Internet traffic through the continuous, unattended streaming, downloading or uploading of videos or other files or to operate hosting services including, but not limited to, web or gaming hosting; (ii) to maintain continuous active network connections to the Internet, such as through a web camera or machine-to-machine connections that do not involve active participation by a person; (iii) to disrupt email use by others using automated or manual routines, including, but not limited to “auto-responders” or cancel bots or other similar routines; (iv) to transmit or facilitate any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, telemarketing, promotional materials, “junk mail,” unsolicited commercial or bulk email, or fax; (v) for activities adversely affecting the ability of other people or systems to use either Sprint’s wireless services or other parties’ Internet-based resources, including, but not limited to, “denial of service” (DoS) attacks against another network host or individual user; (vi) for an activity that connects any device to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for the purpose of transmitting wireless data over the network (unless customer is using a plan designated for such usage); or (vi) for any other reason that, in our sole discretion violates our policy of providing service for individual use.”
Special Thanks to my Sprint Employee friend who shall remain nameless that leaked this document…
ACS Writer: Jay Burke
Source: Sprint Internal Document, Sprint.com, XDA-Developer Forums, Sprint Employee who Leaked this Document
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