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Is Verizon throttling 4G speeds, too?

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Is Verizon throttling 4G speeds, too?
Verizon has stated that it was planning on only throttling the 3G speeds of those in the top 5% of data users, and only when certain cell towers had become congested with traffic. So a Big Red customer was surprised to find out that his LTE network speed had dropped below 3G rates after he had consumed 60GB in a 13 day period.

According to Droid-Life, the customer contacted Verizon to find out why he had to suffer through the throttling and the carrier responded that his downloading was considered an "abuse of the network" which means that Verizon has apparently decided to include its LTE network in its throttling of customer speeds. We contacted Verizon and a spokeswoman had no comment and merely referred us back to the carrier's rules on its web site, which does state that only 3G speeds would be affected by throttling.

Another one of Verizon's heavy data users told Droid-Life that he used 120GB in 10 days and has not been throttled, spanked or has received any sort of punishment from the nation's largest carrier. Any other Verizon customer notice that he/she has been throttled on the carrier's LTE pipeline?

source: DroidLife

Verizon says that it will not throttle 4G speeds (R), no matter how much data you consume (L)
Verizon says that it will not throttle 4G speeds (R), no matter how much data you consume (L)

Verizon says that it will not throttle 4G speeds (R), no matter how much data you consume (L)


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posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:48 2

1. kb (unregistered)


They probably think they are using it as a modem

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:42 1

40. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Bad boyz, bad boyz... what you gonna do when they come for you!?!?!?!?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:55

52. corporateJP (Posts: 1289; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


More than likely was using it as a modem.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:51 14

2. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


they both should have been throttled.....

thats not fair if everyone thinks they can use such ridiculous amounts of data because then everyone will get penalized with slow speeds or bogged network.

get a computer cheap @$$

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:03 3

9. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


a computer doesnt fit in my pocket i am on the go almost constantly a laptop is too cumbersome for my work. a 4g smartphone is going to be my saving grace it gets rid of the following.
GPS duh
Laptop yay
the need for a wireless adapter or 4g modem yay
calculator
a paper planner...
pen on most occasions
posters for advertising my business

everything i need can be in my hand or in my pocket without a need to set it up.
now i dont use nearly that much data maybe at most 16 gigs a month maybe 20 will be more once i have 4g
but i dont want to have a computer till im home and thats just for gaming now

*edit*
also I use my Wifi at home. now these users are most likely tethering and downloading a ton on their pcs maybe torrents uploading and downloading at the same time. that will kill a network.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:14

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You must be streaming a lot of music/video to reach 16gb right?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:23

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


dude if you are on the go.. dont use your phone while driving.. because I doubt you walk..

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:26 1

36. stilton (unregistered)


cheap! lol a full retail price phone cost more than a computer so you are balling if you have a smartphone, computers are cheap nowadays

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 23:31

71. thinnairr (unregistered)


I wonder if large corporations like Big Red can and will fend for themselves..
S&M, maybe they like to be bullied by tiny individuals?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:18

85. Data "hog" (unregistered)


I would say that yes these guys probably tether I do not tether and use 40+ gb a month so I fall into your realm of abusive data user. I’m currently grandfathered into the unlimited plan and have the Droid Bionic. I use my phone as my gps constantly I cache most of my trips( I use Google maps, cabelas recon, and topo) I also use Pandora about 6 to 7 hrs. a day my rss readers and podcast download are in excess of 500mb a day I use pocket blu, Netflix and zumocast like they are going out of style I have multiple email accounts setup with 1 being an exchange that checks in real time (well as close and android gets) my business twitter and Facebook are on the most constant update intervals also. I use all of these things legitimately on my device without breaking any terms and conditions and by your definition Narley I should be punished I tend to disagree with you. Your saying that I should be restricted on the amount of UNLIMITED DATA I can use in a month from my cell carrier why don’t you move to north Korea my friend I should be able to use my data at the optimum speed anytime I see fit for as long as I see fit people like you are the reason company’s get away with bait a switch stuff like this I pay for a service advertised a certain way am I wrong to expect what is promised to me if a company cant handle the volume well its time to invest some of the money you get from your 90 MILLION customers every month and roll out a stronger network because as technology continues to advance the average American will use more data everyday so climb out of your hole narly and join us in the real world

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:52 8

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


120GB in 10 days?? What the hell are you doing on your phone?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:54 2

50. corporateJP (Posts: 1289; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Tethering or downloading everything imaginable is my guess.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:55 6

4. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


That's just ridiculous, and people wonder why tiered data caps started

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 07:38

76. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)


Amen! Its f*cks like this who ruined it for the rest of us!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:56 11

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that is a lot of porn.

these are the idiots that ruin it for the rest of us.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:04 3

27. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Yep...porn.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:55 4

51. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


definitly porn

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 00:50

82. david_the_gom (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)


most likely yes..

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:32 3

37. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I don't think you can stream that much porn unless you were watching it non stop. What is it 5 GB's is 8 hours streaming? I forget.

Probably downloading torrents, that will suck up the GB's.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:37

48. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


depends on the quality. if your watching netflixHD, your talking 3-4hrs for 5 gigs. if your talkin crap mpegs, quite a while.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:56 1

53. corporateJP (Posts: 1289; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


"these are the idiots that ruin it for the rest of us."

^This.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 16:47

57. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Look it's remixfa the village idiot of phonearena.com. I understand people like remixfa may have some obscure porn in that he is addicted to and that is why he can empathetize with the porn answer. However for the heathly male population, once he gets his release, his interest in porn generally ceases.

Additionally, we know remixfa is the village idiot because remixfa lacks the IQ to know that the device can be a mobile hotspot supporting 5 devices and that helps explain the high data usage in a short time. This should be self-evident to those possessing normal to high IQs.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 20:17

67. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


according to the screenshot, mobile hotspot was not used, it would have its own sanction of use on the screen

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 20:22

69. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


You just earned the first thumbs down I've given on this site.

The only things that are self evident here: first, that you don't have enough of a libido to go more than once a day, therefore you cannot be counted in the "healthy" male population. Second, that you could not draw a the connection between tethering and downloading porn torrents on your computer, which is a possibility that remixfa's statement left open. Although, this connection might not have been evident to those with below average to very poor IQs.

Don't come on here bashing another individual if you can't keep up with the conversation - you will just come out looking like a fool.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 00:38

72. dZW (Posts: 23; Member since: 16 Jun 2008)


I agree but you're just rude. Plain and simple. If you did possess any sort of IQ you would have realized by now that starting fights or "picking" on certain people online is childish and down right disgusting. I can only stand to see so much hate written on these articles and finally cannot stay silent any longer. Don't just think about the differences in views or ideas, but you have to look past that and remember that behind these sometimes creepy and catchy user names, there is a human being. One that needs love, care and compassion not stifled with degrading words. All i ask is that before you post condescending words, take the time to think about the person your hurting. May it be a teenager going through a rough time in their life, or an adult stressing with the everyday wear and tear of raising a family; no one should ever have to deal with the pain and suffering of being "bullied".

thank you

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:01 2

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


120gbs in 10 days? wtf that is 12gbs a day even on my high downloading days i cant even reach that lol.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 16:50

58. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's a mobile hotspot handset that can support up to 5 devices. It's not hard to download 12GB of data a day with 5 devices at work at once.

Verizon knows about this.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 20:18

68. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


screenshot would show mobile hotspot section. this screenshot shows its being used only on the phone

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:02 3

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey it's the nature of the beast. If they are going to offer UNLIMITED data, then UNLIMITED data the customer should get. They are paying for it so why do that to them? Also if the network can't handle it then why did they offer it then? I guess the network can't handle it because they moved to tiered plans & they are throttling that one customer. I agree with DontHateOnS60, (I like the S60) what the f*ck are they doing getting 60 & 120GB in 13 & 10 days? Sh*t do these people sleep or turn off their phones. If they are using that mush data maybe they should get some landline internet. Roadrunner or Verizon FIOS is vicious! Also like narley said "get a computer cheap @$$" lol

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:12 7

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Which side of the argument are you on? Your post totally contradicts itself.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:34 3

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


taco50 you are a true moron! I am for the unlimited plan. If sign a contract for unlimited data then that is why they should get. I was just asking what they are doing to get those high GB's of data. I was also making a statement that they can have a better experience getting Roadrunner or FIOS then using LTE. The WEB is so much better on a PC then on a phone especially when using so much data. That is all. Bro maybe invest in Baby can Read or something. I was VERY clear!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:42 2

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You said you're for truly unlimited data and then you bashed them for using so much. Most normal people would think that's contradictory. FYI typing in all caps doesn't help you get a point across if your point make no sense.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:06 3

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I didn't bash them so please don’t put words in my mouth, I just asked what in this good Earth are they doing to rack up 60 & 120GB in like 2 weeks? That is all. What is your problem taco50, you looking to instigate or something? I can type however I want, who anointed you the typing nazi? You type nonsense all the time, so is THAT why you are on PhoneArena.com? I guess you want to spread your nonsense huh?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:13 5

31. cc (unregistered)


con·tra·dict   [kon-truh-dikt] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
1.
to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
2.
to speak contrary to the assertions of: to contradict oneself.
3.
(of an action or event) to imply a denial of: His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
4.
Obsolete . to speak or declare against; oppose.

taco, he said he believes that if the plan is unlimited they should get unlimited. He then followed that by saying he doesn't understand how they used so much... that in no way contradicts his opinion that if it's unlimited they should receive unlimited, he merely questions the need or reasoning behind needing that much data in the first place.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:33 3

38. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


That's what I'm talking about.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:41 2

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Right, that is how to drop the hammer! lol

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 18:18

63. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


WHIPPERSNAPPER!!!!!! OBJECTION!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:01 1

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


@ cc (unregistered)....so lets see you took your time to reasearch all this bs.. but did not had the time to registered..... hmmmm

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:05

43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


"Sh*t do these people sleep or turn off their phones. If they are using that mush data maybe they should get some landline internet. Roadrunner or Verizon FIOS is vicious! Also like narley said "get a computer cheap @$$" lol"

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:03 1

60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


taco50, you are a sad, sad soul. This is just so very funny. lol

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:15 4

32. cc (unregistered)


PS. Once again taco, you're a f**king idiot.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:24 3

34. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


cc That was very funny. taco50 is just looking to start something I guess. I guess he is having a bad day or something. taco50 is just looking for some attention. Maybe his Mother is away for the weekend & he has no one to take care of him. I guess taco50 is going to hit up those Hot Pockets hard this weekend. lol He is just a small brained child! Thumbs up for cc!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:03

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


@cc (unregistered) ....hmm again you were doing good with your research . but now that you express your opinion.. you are the idiot... my advise... just research and dont express you own opinion...

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:11 2

45. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I registered. Are you happy?

Now what the f**k are you talking about?

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 07:41

77. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)


Quit splitting hairs you a$$holes!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:03

8. RevolutionUser (unregistered)


I haven't used nearly as much as the two fellows mentioned in the artical, but I have been using more then I used to recently. I went to NY with no computer and ended up using my phone more then I usually do (hitting 5-6GB, see? not as much) but did notice a drop in speed, even on basic websites. And I have yet to encounter an area without 4G, and I'm grandfathered into the unlimited data plan. I had also heard a rumor that verizon would start throttling over 2.5GB users. That seems a litt extreme but it's something rummaging around the rumor mill.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:08

10. Timbo (unregistered)


Who in the world has enough time to use 4.6 gigs in a day? that's just outrageous... i've met two people in my career who can exceed 2 gigs on a smartphone, and have yet to meet a person that finds it necessary for more than 5 for the modems. can we say...avid porn viewer?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:16

13. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Man people are crazy with downloading. That's tooooooo much data. My record with my desktop when I was torrent crazy was 150gbs a month, and I was downloading entire series of sitcoms and whatnot. Doing that in a phone is stupid. These people must have their phones plugged in 24/7 to be able to use that much data, so they aren't even using their phones as phones to begin with.

posted on 11 May 2012, 23:46

88. cybie257 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 May 2012)


FYI. They are Small Computers with the ability to make calls. Otherwise, since when did someone ever have to reboot their phones in order to fix an issue with calling.. LoL.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:20

14. mos (unregistered)


Tether your phone to your PC the Remote Desktop into your PC at work for several hours per day. There is your 120GB in 10 days.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:57 1

26. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


work doing what? Developing a high end graphic video game? Eddititng blu-ray videos? What do you do as "WORK" that will give you 120GB in 10 days?!!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:26

16. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


that is bogus!
i have used over 25GB... ( NETFLIX + HDMI OUT= YUP, ALOT OF DATA)

and still get 18mb-23mb per download and 5-12mb per upload. not a slight change

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:44 1

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


well using 25gb and using 120gb is a big gap. Is 25 in a full month? These guys did it in 10 days

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:26 1

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


those same people go to a buffet and the truly do eat all they can eat...

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:42 2

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


When I played lacrosse in high school 3 of us went to a Chinese restaurant. They has a buffet & we were eating all the crab legs. We got kicked out. I remember the manager said (in a thick Chinese accent) that we are not eating food, that we are abusing food. That was one of the funniest things to ever happen to me, & you just reminded me of that! lol We killed those crab legs to the point they ran out. We went for a lunch special. I guess nobody else that day had crab legs! lol

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:54 2

25. WestwoodDenizen (unregistered)


I went to a place that offered all-you-can-eat baby back ribs one night a week and my friend and I each ate four full racks of ribs. When we were working on our fourths, the manager came by and joked that he might have to stop offering it. Then he gave us a free dessert.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:09 2

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol That is funny, we literally got kicked out! To add insult to injury I asked them to put some Coke in a to go cup & they said hell no! lol

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:10 1

44. iagree (unregistered)


i agree about the unlimited data statement but technically your still getting data at unlimited amount just not at the same speed...but again 120gb is just a retarded amount.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:10 1

61. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are right, it is unlimited, even at a slow speed. I was just trying to fathom 60 & even 120GB is 2 weeks. Simply amazing!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:28

18. ElonSasson (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


ok i work for verizon, and if its in writing then they have a gripe.....but honestly as most have said above those amounts are utterly inconceivable....although other than ridiculous amounts of porn there is tango video calls but he wud need to be on that constantly.....like all day every day, and no joke with those amounts of data the phone never leaves the wall/car charger because im sure he wud be charging the bionic non stop

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