Smartphone plans cut back on unlimited data
Smartphone plans from providers like Sprint and Verizon are planning to increase data fees and even do away with unlimited data plan all together.
Sprint is applying an additional $10 per month data fee on new smart phones, starting Jan. 30.
Data consumption from smart phones is growing along with the availability of streaming audio and video services.
Competitor AT&T Inc. last year abandoned unlimited data plans in favor of limited, but cheaper dataplans.
Verizon Wireless is trying out a cheaper limited plan as well.
Sprint already applies the $10 data surcharge on smart phones that have "4G" capability for faster downloads.