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Mobile Broadband MVNO Internet On The Go Reduces Included Data on Several Plans

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:

Internet on the Go Plans
Price Use Whenever (Never Expires) 30 Day Plans
Old New Old New
$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.

Source: HowardForums

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  1. Clear at http://www.clear.com is offering a much better deal. The only stipulation is that you have to be in a WiMAX area and WiMAX isn't that wide spread.

    1. For WiMAX only, FreedomPop beats Clear at most price points:
      2GB: Clear $19.99 plus taxes, FreedomPop $17.99 no taxes
      4GB: Clear $34.99 plus taxes throttled to 1.5 Mbps, FreedomPop $28.99 no taxes, unthrottled

      Clear's $49.99 plus taxes plan does include unlimited, unthrottled data which FreedomPop doesn't offer.

    2. I am paying $34.99, no taxes, for unlimited Clear "4G" service. Throttled to ~1.75 Mbps per Speedtest.

    3. You're right, it's unlimited. I misread the Plan name "4G Internet Basic" as "4GB". The Clear site says "plus taxes" but it's good to hear they aren't charging you any. Maybe they only charge sales tax io Illinois where Clear is based.

  2. With Wifi just about everywhere -- even places like McDonalds, Burger King, etc -- the wifi speeds are generally much faster than 3G. The only caveat is I would use public wifi for sensitive info.

    Separately, Virgin Mobile broadband plan at $35 a month is much better with 2GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G WiMax. I use that as my second mobile hotspot afte my ATT Liberate.

    1. For me, FreedomPoP is much better. I get 4GB to use on either 3G or 4G for $34.99. WiMax is pretty spotty in most places. 3GB of 3G or 4G costs $28.99 on FreedomPoP. 2GB of 3G or 4G is $19.99.

    2. Virgin throttles their WiMax after 10 GB.

    3. Virgin throttles WiMax to 2 Mbps download speeds after 10 GB usage. 2 Mbps is not a deal breaker comparing to Sprint's slow 3G speeds.

  3. Yeswap I am curious I live in Houston,TX so pretty much all 4 National carriers work well enough in my area. What is your opinion of Sprint's LTE network? And does Sprint lower LTE speeds for Boost or Virgin or only after customers get throttled once they go over their monthly limits?

    1. Sprint's LTE network is great where it's available which isn't a lot of places currently. There's no throttling until you hit the published limits (2.5 GB on Boost and Virgin Mobile, no limit on Sprint As You Go).

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  5. Thanks one more question while I got your attention have you heard good things about T-mobile LTE speeds? Like I said Houston was on the first launch list for T-MO LTE but I only know one girl that has used it on a Galaxy Note 2 she said it was fast. At this point would you say Sprint LTE or T-MO LTE faster?

    1. At this point T-Mobile's LTE seems comparable to Sprint's. Similar speeds and lack of footprint. I haven't heard of anyone being able to actually use LTE on T-Mobile prepaid however.

  6. They've long since eliminated their 30 day plans and now, starting this year, all of your data will be lost and account closed if you don't use it or refill every 60 days.

    Also, data is used in increments of full megabytes.

    The Karma is a much better deal - there is no minimum usage and data never expires. Also, data is deducted in .01 megabyte increments.

    Data is also cheaper at $10 - $14 per gig.

    There new hotspot device will support Sprint's Spark LTE network (800, 1900 and 2600 MHz) with 3G fallback and is scheduled ship on 4/10.

    I currently have an Internet-on-the-go 3G hotspot, but will probably be getting rid of it when I get the new Karma.

    If anyone's interested, they can get the new device for $60 off for the next 4 weeks using this link: https://yourkarma.com/invite/avvfnh

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