Sprint's Silicon Valley Executive Briefing Center in San Mateo, California. / Photo by: BrokenSphere via Wikimedia Commons
Qualcomm Technologies Inc. announced a joint project with Sprint Corporation to provide free unlimited data for customers this year. The free data usage works with AutoPay on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected devices, which is a part of the Internet of Things industry.
Under the AutoPay service, users of ASUS NovaGo, HP Envy X2, and Lenovo Miix 630 are eligible for the free unlimited data. These machines are equipped with Snapdragon 835 and X16 LTE modem. However, it is unknown at this time if other laptops models with Snapdragon CPUs would be incorporated in the future.
"We're excited to continuously grow the Windows 10 on the Snapdragon ecosystem by supporting Sprint in providing customers with unlimited data, encouraging even greater on-the-go productivity and entertainment," stated Joe Glynn, vice president of business development at Qualcomm.
According to the official website of Sprint, subscribers must pay a specific amount after December 31, 2018, with AutoPay. The free data service is only allowed for video streaming of up to 480p resolution, music streaming of up to 500 kbps, and gaming connectivity of up to 2 Mbps. But the package includes 10 GB of hotspot service, VPN, and P2P, while other monthly services are charged normally.
Certain mobile devices are also qualified for the free unlimited data, such as Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Google Nexus, Moto E and G, and a selected number of Samsung Galaxy models. The main reason why Qualcomm initiated the joint effort is to address the shift in consumer behavior toward internet use which is the high demand of being constantly online.
According to Ryan Sullivan, vice president of product development and engineering at Sprint, the role of personal computers in the daily life of consumers has been demanding for a more stable and smoother internet connection than before, a result of modern workflow and gaming experience.