Sprint, the carrier that touts itself as the only one to offer “truly unlimited data”, actually has nothing on AT&T and Verizon, as CEO Dan Hesse confirmed today that his company is doing exactly the same thing:

“For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off,” Hesse said at an investor conference Thursday. He said Sprint pares back data use for about 1% of users, a practice known as throttling.

Both AT&T and Verizon have been throttling top data users for a few months now. The difference is that AT&T and Verizon weren’t misleading about it. Bad Sprint!

Update: Thanks iDB reader Anthony for pointing out that Sprint actually throttles users that are on a partnered network, not those using Sprint. That’s a big difference. As a conclusion, Sprint doesn’t throttle its users, only those on partner networks.


  • Anonymous

    That’s funny cause I went about a week with slow data speeds like .07 mbs and called Verizon about it and asked if they were throttling me and they said they don’t do that only AT&T does lol.. Turns out it was the tower by my work cause the speed was normal at my house.. Idk kinda funny though

    • Anonymous

      Yea….somebody’s lyin

  • Simon Reidy

    A telco mislead its customers?! Never!

  • Sprint’s 3G is already insanely slow. How much can they possibly throttle us?

    • J

      @neil Maybe 0.0001kb/s

      But with their speeds they should think about speeding up data speeds for the other 99%

  • Anonymous

    Update: TechCrunch says that Hesse was misquoted, and that the quips only apply to people “while roaming.”

  • sprint is pretty fast i dont see it slow plus there 4g lightling faster

    • Lightning* And Sprints data speeds are absolutely awful in some areas ( like mine ).

  • Anonymous

    I have an evo and therefore use sprint’s 4G quite a bit, which actually isn’t technically Sprint’s network (it’s Clear’s, which Sprint rents from). I have noticed lately that 4G speeds have been closer to what I get with 3G on at&t, whereas prior to this, 4G was almost an order of magnitude faster. ]

    tl;dr: i think sprint is throttling their 4G users, because the 4G network is technically not sprints, so they can legitimately say “we don’t throttle on our network”.

  • Anonymous

    “Thanks iDB reader Anthony”


    And also thanks to reader MadAndronicus who posted the update two hours before Anthony.