Internet On the Go, a Sprint mobile broadband MVNO sold only at Walmart, is eliminating one plan and reducing the amount of data included with three others. Current customers were notified this week with the following email:
"Thank you for being a loyal Internet on the Go customer. On May 15th, Internet on the Go will be changing some of its plans. This price change will affect some but not all of our customers, in fact many will be unaffected by the change. We wanted to give you a heads up, so that you are aware of this upcoming change.
With increasing costs from our network providers, we need to adjust the number of megabytes offered in some plans and will discontinue one of our 30-day plans. As of May 15th, the plans will be:
“Use Whenever” Plans (megabytes never expire)
$10 - 500MB
$25 - 1.5GB
$45 - 3GB
30-Day Plans (megabytes expire after 30 days)
$25 - 2GB
$45 - 4GB
Refills added to your account prior to May 15 will be honored at the previous prices, regardless of when the plan MB’s are used or the 30-day period expires.
We truly regret that we have to make these changes at this time and will continue to work hard to offer you the best plans in the marketplace. As we provide better pricing in the future, we will immediately make that available to you."
Here's a table comparing the old and new plans:
|Price||Use Whenever (Never Expires)||30 Day Plans|
|$10.00||500 MB||500 MB||1 GB||N/A|
|$25.00||1.5 GB||1.5 GB||3 GB||2 GB|
|$45.00||4 GB||3 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
Internet on the Go's old rates on the 30 day plans were the lowest of all the Sprint 3G based brodband providers, so I'm not surprised they went up. The new rates are reasonably competitive, but are no longer the lowest priced. FreedomPop's new 3G/4G plans include more data than Internet on the Go's at every price point. In addition to being less expensive for nationwide 3G on the Sprint native network, FreedomPop includes 4G WiFi in areas where it's available. Internet on the Go's strongest suit is now its Use Whenever plans that let you buy a bucket of data to use as needed when traveling or if your wired broadband goes down.
To use Internet on the Go, an Internet on the Go Mobile Hotspot (a Novatel MiFi 2200) is required.The hotspot is available only at walmart.com. It's priced at $79.88. plus $2.97 for shipping. Internet on the Go airtime can be added online using a credit card or with PIN cards sold at Walmart.
Warning: Internet on the Go's terms of service prohibit streaming video (YouTube, Netflix, etc.) or audio (Spotify, Slacker, etc.). Howard Forums users have reported getting their Internet on the Go service restricted or throttled for streaming. This restriction seems unreasonable. Internet on the Go is selling packages containing a fixed amount of data so it really shouldn't matter what it is used for. I suspect that by banning streaming Internet on the Go is hoping that users on monthly plans will use less than their allotment of data each month.
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