Reminder: New data plans for HTC EVO View 4G go into effect today
First Sprint announced that they were planning on doing away with unlimited data for tablets like the HTC EVO View 4G. (Boo!) Then, in likely response to the resulting uproar from consumers, Sprint decided to increase the data buckets for their tablet plans and lower the monthly costs. (Yay!) Sprint giveth, and Sprint taketh away.
In any case, you should be aware that, according to a recent conversation I had with a Sprint rep, Sprint is not grandfathering unlimited 4G data for tablet users.
So, for example, if you previously subscribed to the $59.99 5GB 3G/unlimited 4G plan, any 4G data you use will automatically come out of your 5GB bucket. Therefore, in this case, since Sprint isn't letting tablet users keep unlimited 4G data, it would make sense to move to the new $49.99 6GB 3G/4G plan – you'll get more data for a lower price.
It's unclear whether Sprint is allowing users to exit their contracts ETF-free. However, in my opinion, it would be pretty hard for them to make a strong case for charging this fee. These plans are better than the standard, nonpromotional offerings from AT&T and Verizon, but I do find Sprint's refusal to grandfather old plans a bit concerning.
Let us know what you think of these changes in the comments below. And if you try to cancel your service, be sure to tell us if Sprint lets you out ETF-free.[Sprint]