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Verizon quietly implements new policy that throttles data speeds for its heaviest users

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Verizon quietly implements new policy that throttles data speeds for its heaviest users
After seeing the detrimental effects that plagued AT&T’s network due to the data sipping usage of iPhone owners, it might not surprise to see some out there to find Verizon implementing a new policy to throttle usage.

Now that existing Verizon customers can pre-order the iPhone 4, Big Red quietly enacted a new policy that might catch some customers off guard. There’s no arguing that the excess amount of Android handsets running off Big Red’s network is testing their capacity, but now that the availability to the iPhone 4 isn’t too far away, they’re going to start throttling the data speeds of customers that use up an “extraordinary amount of data.” In fact, there is a PDF file on Verizon’s web site that goes into the specifics of the new policy that’s going into effect starting today. It says:

“Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.”

Is it Big Red’s way to stem off the potential adverse effects that can arise in the future now that the iPhone 4 is here? Time will undoubtedly tell.

source: Verizon via BGR

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posted on 03 Feb 2011, 14:29 2

1. applesauce (unregistered)


So they're doing the same thing every other carrier with unlimited data does. As well they should; the 95% shouldn't suffer for the greed of the top 5%.

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 14:30

2. ChineseMuscle (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Nov 2008)


Define Heavy. How Much Data is Considered as Heavy?

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 14:30 1

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I dunno, I call this responsible. I don't know how any person can do more than 5GB of data with the huge amount of wifi available. Unless they are tethering (which has it's own limit), I'm not sure I understand how a person can kill that much data. But it does seem they see the threat of looking like AT&T...

...oh God, I am defending Verizon...someone put something in my drink?

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 14:55 1

4. tim242 (unregistered)


A much better explanation, from Verizon. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK.: )http://www.phonescoop.com/news..

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 15:02

5. VZW611 (unregistered)


If you go over 10GB you will get pushed to EVDO Rev0. They are keeping unlimited for 3G and 4G on smartphones and going with this. Much better idea!

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 15:05

6. ReaverSpark (unregistered)


People who use Android phone already use more than iPhone users. The network should be fine.

I don't look forward to selling this trash at all...

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 15:10 4

7. db (unregistered)


sooo T-mo does this and they get pee'd on. Verizon does this and it makes sense...what are yall drinking on cuz i need some of that!

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 15:51 2

8. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Slow-rizon throttle.....??? Their speed is already throttled and with all those posible iphone activations god save them, btw with that slow speed there's is no chace for anybody to pass the 10gb mark.......!!!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 16:09 6

9. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


If this was att, u all would crap on them. But since it ur loved greedy verizon its ok?

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 16:47 3

10. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Ah well. Doesnt bother me. I use the internet on my phone occassionally. It hasnt and never will take the place of my computer internet browsing. Some people make it an art of playing with their phones all day. Guess they will just have to adjust.LOL

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 18:11 2

11. kanon (Posts: 36; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I love how people blindly defend VZW they are such an awful greedy company.

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 23:34 3

13. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Ill defend it based on your stupid comment, do you want some idiot gamer who has figured out how to tether to his Xbox hogging ALL YOUR BANDWIDTH? or are you only thinking of scenarios that are going to slow down you watching porn in mens bathroom at work, I would worry about "normal" people even getting hit with this, its targeted for high users. AND because phone arena loves to repost the same crap over and over, Ill be happy to explain this isn't anything new, the "slow down" method was implemented A LONG TIME AGO by ALL companies, back when MBB was unlimited, that was the only way NOT to CAP IT, was to slow it down, IT WAS IN THE CUSTOMER AGREEMENT FOR YEARS!!! Now they say OK you can have 5gb and do whatever you want at whatever speeds you want...You say were blind for defending , but your twice as blind for talking shit.

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 18:50 2

12. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)


YOU GUYS WOULD BE FLIPPING OUT IF THIS WAS at&t, SERIOUSLY. This shows that verizon is not as good as it seems, AT&T is awsome, even if i only get 0.8mbp/s download.

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 15:53

15. Wesly Mathurin (unregistered)


Well,I am a VZ costumer.
And I will be ok with that because a cell phone is a smart tool to have so those have problem with that,should seek some help or have a life.

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