Sprint will soon begin limiting their mobile hotspot data plans to 5GB of monthly data beginning on October second, reports SprintFeed, just two days before Apple’s expected next-gen iPhone announcement on October 4th.
Rumors have suggested that Sprint may be offering Apple’s next-gen iPhone when it launches next month, with Sprint expected to offer unlimited data plans at the time if they do offer the next-gen iPhone, making them the only US provider to offer an unlimited data plan for the device (AT&T and Verizon also initially offered unlimited iPhone data, but stopped offering unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data plans).
While Sprint will stil offer unlimited smartphone data, those who purchase an additional $30 monthly mobile hotspot plan will be limited to 5GB of monthly data. Mobile Hotspot plans allow users to tether their data connection to laptops and other devices, and also allow users to use their data as a mobile internet access point on supported hardware.
While some rumors have suggested that Sprint will offer a next-gen iPhone when it launches, conflicting reports have suggested that Sprint may merely begin offering the iPhone 4, and won’t begin offering later iPhones until sometime in 2012.