The wireless industry has been moving away from all-you-can-eat data plans over the past couple of years and toward tiered service plans that place caps on monthly data consumption. AT&T got the ball rolling in 2010 when it announced it was dropping unlimited data plans for the iPhone in favor of ones that offered between 200MB and 2GB of data consumption per month. Verizon shortly followed by saying it would implement a similar pricing scheme for its 4G LTE services that launched commercially in December 2010, while T-Mobile last year said it would start throttling 3G users down to 2G speeds if they exceeded data consumption caps. Sprint is currently the only mobile carrier that offers users unlimited data plans for smartphones, although the carrier does impose data caps for devices such as tablets that are likely to use greater amounts of data.
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