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Verizon is preparing to throttle 4G LTE unlimited data users

By Shawn Knight
Jul 25, 2014
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  1. Starting October 1, Verizon customers on unlimited data plans that meet certain criteria will see their 4G LTE wireless connection throttled as part of what the carrier calls "Network Optimization," a practice that previously only affected 3G connections.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,897   +940

    "Are attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand"


    define "high demand"
     
  3. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 134   +14

    1 or more connections.
     
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  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Haha 4.7GB is probably nothing on unlimited. I bet a lot of people will be throttled.
     
  5. So.. everyone is going to be throttled. :cool:
     
  6. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 121   +19

    Just switch to T-Mobile, Verizon is shiit!

    If u go in vacation, you have free unlimited internet, globally. I dont see that on any other shitty carrier in US.
     
  7. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    You do know that T-Mobile already does this and so does Sprint. AT&T doesn't, but don't have a unlimited plan. You're farked with any one of them. Americans need to really read the fine print.
    /I have At&t and T-mobile
     
  8. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 121   +19

    Sprint has global unlimited data plan? since when?
     
  9. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    "Unlimited data plans were once an effective marketing method but as we slowly transitioned to a data-heavy society, carriers realized they could make more money by eliminating unlimited data plans and moving customers to tiered plans where they can charge a lot for overages."

    Why are they allowed to 'charge a lot for overages'? Imagine if your electric utility did that - what would your bill be like if up to 100kwh was at $.12 @ kwh and above that 'tier' it was $.99 @ kwh.

    Why isn't this considered 'predatory'? Why isn't it regulated?
     
  10. If Electric companies did what the Verizon does - they'd sell you a shared electric package for your family that cost you $100.00 for around 300 kwh of service (enough to keep lights on at times and run your fridge and dryer, make coffee and that's it) - then when you go over it'd be 10 bucks more per 50kwh.

    lol *that's* how you do charges like the carriers.
     
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    News to everyone who doesn't know: Verizon Wireless ALWAYS reserved the right to throttle unlimited data users.
     
  12. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    I don't know how it operates where you live, but where I live the electric companies have on-peak and off-peak rates. If the electric companies acted in the same fashion as the telcos your electric bill would probably be less than what it is now.
     
  13. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    We tried. T-mobile has some great plans and benefits. Perfect for those who live in top markets. It just wasn't acceptable that our home has no t-mobile service at home when its coverage map says we should at least be able to make calls. At&t nearly has an LTE tower in our back yard. It pulled a 60Mbps speed test.
     
  14. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 134   +14

    T-Mobile never impressed me. My family members in a city have T-Mobile and they barely could get coverage where they lived. Meanwhile with Verizon I was able to get full data in places that I frankly was surprised T-Mobile couldn't get any data at all. I don't use even close to my data cap and I share with 3 other people (I use the least). Now if they capped my cable internet at home I would go insane.
     
  15. [​IMG] JC713 said:
    Haha 4.7GB is probably nothing on unlimited. I bet a lot of people will be throttled.
    I have unlimited and 4.7Gb is a LOT, that would be more than (via the Data Usage Calculator): 250 emails per day, 50 webpage visits per day, and streaming music for 2 hours per day. You have to also realize how many people are covered by their home/workplace/public WiFi signal throughout the day. Regardless - You're correct in the fact that a lot of people will be throttled. I'm sure this is all a cloak & shadows reasoning to throttle nearly everyone just to create availability for a 5G...only because speed is competition.
    July 26, 2014 4:58 AMGuest said:
    So.. everyone is going to be throttled.
    Yes, they just won't say "Everyone", especially when the majority of users will have no idea they're even being throttled.
    July 26, 2014 5:55 AM[​IMG] havok585 said:
    Just switch to T-Mobile, Verizon is shiit!
    Funny where ever I go outside of a major city I have to tether my phone to T-Mobile/AT&T phones so I can share my 4G signal with those who get absolutely nothing. I've had Verizon for over 10 years. The past 3 phones that I had over 6 years are all working fine.

    How they can legally revoke grandfathered-in contracts that note the actual data transmission speeds is beyond me. Yet no one will stand up to these guys. Same thing with gas when you think about it. Someone could fart in the wrong direction and the gas companies will jack up the prices due to "Competitive flatulence".

    *nerd*
     
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +106

    I had them and dropped out, just way to expensive unlimited everything except data. Even with the min 1GB wasn't cost effective. 2GB slaps on $15 per month more plus the tax and extra taxes, plus if your late $5 more tack on. I gone with AT&T on Windows 8.1 don't have these issues plus pay a lot less too.

    Verizon and Comcast work in harmony so both are over priced, poor service and no discounts for current customers. Just milk us for all the money they can get with all sorts of extras. Video phone on Verizon tacks on more per month. I had enough!
     
  17. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    This will truly suck for me seeing as the last 2 months the only internet I have been using is my vzw data plan on avg between 3 tethered devices..2 tablets and fire TV along with my cell I use about 260 to 300 gigs a month and that's just playin a cpl android games a month and streaming music and movies and TV show. I am on disability so don't do much else cept sleep! soon I guess I will be even more bored
     

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