Sprint has just announced that it will be introducing a $10 fee for smartphone users from the 30th of January 2011, and the fee will apply to any new customer who purchases a smartphone on Sprint from that date.
The $10 Premium data add on charge will only apply to new customers, it isn’t clear whether existing customers will also face as similar fee when their existing contract is due for renewal.
The move comes as there are reports that 10 percent of mobile users are consuming around 90 percent of all mobile data. We have already seen a number of other mobile operators remove their unlimited data allowances and put caps on data usage charges.
We can expect to see smartphone becoming more expensive to run on a monthly basis, as we will probably see a number of other mobile operators charging similar monthly fees in the future.