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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2021     Views: 4

The data plans for our hotspots are unlimited and there is no throttling, however, our provider, Mobile Beacon, employs Quality of Service practices to reduce network congestion during times of peak usage. See further explanation below:

How does the Quality of Service Practices (QoS) differ from throttling?

The 4G LTE service plan Mobile Beacon offers is unlimited — there are no data caps or throttling under this plan. Quality of Service (QoS) is different from throttling in several ways. First, it is not automatically triggered by reaching a certain data allotment. With throttling, speeds will automatically be reduced as soon as a certain data allotment is reached, regardless of network capacity.

Sprint’s QoS is only triggered during periods of network congestion and if a user has surpassed 50 GB of data during that month. On the first day of each month, the usage meter is reset to zero.

Customers may experience a temporary slowdown for a few seconds, a few minutes, a few hours, or not at all. This slowdown will cease as soon as network resources are freed up (which is re-evaluated every nanosecond). This is very different from throttling where users are subject to lower speeds for the remainder of their billing cycle.