Is Sprint 3G and 4G Data Traffic Routing Through the Department of Defense?

So there I am, with some time on my hands, and I start up some reading on the Evo 3D forums on XDA, when I come across an unusual thread (warning – some foul language in the link). It states that Sprint users should try something out… and prepare to be stunned. So, I follow instructions: pull off of my Wi-Fi, get onto 3G, open up a terminal emulator on my phone and get my 3G IP address. I then take that IP address and do a WHOIS search online. And what, pray tell, is the result? Get this:

OrgName:        DoD Network Information Center
OrgId:          DNIC
Address:        3990 E. Broad Street
City:           Columbus
StateProv:      OH
PostalCode:     43218
Country:        US

Um… wow? Perhaps some explanation is in order. Your IP address is a unique number given to any device on a computer network — say, for example Sprint’s 3G network. A WHOIS reveals the owner of said IP address.

So, what does this mean? Nothing definitive, by any means, but it’s interesting, to say the least. Does it mean that the Department of Defense is watching your every move on your phone? Again, it’s hard to say what the government involvement level is in this case, but it no doubt exists in some fashion.

[quote_left]What does this mean? It’s interesting to say the least.[/quote_left]To keep things even more interesting, there have supposedly been a lot of network slowdowns for Sprint over the past week or two — could this have anything to do with it? Also, anyone on any different carriers, I encourage you to do the same thing, and let us know the results.

Let the conspiracy theories begin!

Source: XDA Forums

  • I believe it has to do with but yeah… shady stuff that Sprint needs to explain.

  • Lupson

    That is so true my phone is always roaming and hardly any bars!! At home I only get one bar on my evo 3d…If its network vision update when will this poor coverage end our should I just end my contact

  • Emil3

    i ran my and it cam back to sprint
    OrgName: Sprint Nextel Corporation
    OrgId: SPRIN-86
    Address: 6391 Sprint Parkway
    City: Overland Park
    StateProv: KS
    PostalCode: 66251-4300
    Country: US
    RegDate: 2009-12-17
    Updated: 2011-05-18

    could sprint be using a new set ip addresses and the who is database has not been updated?

  • Tom

    I got the same DoD results on T-Mobile in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Pretty chilling.

  • same thing for tmobile…
    OrgName: DoD Network Information Center
    OrgId: DNIC
    Address: 3990 E. Broad Street
    City: Columbus
    StateProv: OH
    PostalCode: 43218
    Country: US

  • I’m glad the government is monitoring all telecommunications.

    • Anon

      Go live in Iran then you idiot.

  • Bob

    A) DoD has the largest network in the world.
    B) Sprint is an Internet backbone provider.
    C) Srint does business with the DoD –
    C) There is a shortage of IPv4 addresses and the DoD might have given some back to ARIN and the database hasn’t been updated.

    No need to get your panties in a wad. Nobody cares about your text messages or your surfing porn from your phone. 🙂

  • Jim

    You’re all dumb. =)

  • Anonymous

    definately some explaining needs to be done and soon….

  • Not

    On Rogers in Canada and when I do this the IP owner comes up as the Ministry of Defense in London *ENGLAND*