At this year’s Super Bowl, Sprint is claiming that its customers transmitted a vast amount of data across the carrier’s LTE Plus network, consuming almost 5 terabytes of data inside and in areas directly surrounding the NRG Stadium in the city of Houston in Texas last February 5th. Compared to last year’s Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in California, the overall data tonnage has also risen over three fold, and around 8 times as much compared to the 2015 event held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.
Let the battle begin. Two major US wireless carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, have just introduced competing new unlimited data options for their respective customers, especially those who are okay with the idea of watching video content at lower quality. The good news is that the carriers’ new plans are cheaper than the usual $95 per month that each mobile operator charges for unlimited data.
Ting has lowered the rates of its monthly data blocks, which means that customers of the carrier get to enjoy the same quantity of data gigabytes as before, but for a lesser price this time (see summary below). The changes to its pricing structure should come as welcome news to customers of Ting, especially those with more than average data requirements.
The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) is offering new proof of something we probably all know to be true already -- that we are becoming more dependent on mobile data when accessing the information superhighway, as opposed to doing it through desktop computers connected on home Internet.
Based on information collected from a sample of 53,000 American users, it appears that more and more people in the United States are ditching their regular wired web access (via home Internet) for mobile data, preferring to browse the information superhighway using their smartphones and tablet devices instead of desktop computers, as reported by the Washington Post.
All the major cell phone carriers require data plans for smartphones purchased from them. Until recently, it was one-size-fits-all, with each carrier offering an unlimited or nearly unlimited data plan for $30 a month. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have now gone to tiered data pricing, with a lower-priced data plan offering. T-Mobile and AT&T offer 200 MB for $10 and $15/month respectively.