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Verizon to expand "Network Optimization" to unlimited LTE customers

0. phoneArena 24 Jul 2014, 20:44 posted on

Mobile data networks need to be very good these days. People use a ton of data, and expect certain speeds, especially if you are spending the money to be on Verizon's network. A few years ago, Verizon began what it called "Network Optimization", which essentially meant throttling its biggest data hogs, with the rationale being that it would make the network more reliable for everyone...

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posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:00

1. BG1121 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Would would think the way mobile is evolving and how everything is so data driven that the networks (Verzion) would be equipped to handle unlimited data users with no problem. Im sure they are capable of offering both data limit plans as well as unlimited plans but I guess Verizon does not want to invest in that.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:16 10

3. npaladin2000 (Posts: 132; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Why offer unlimited when you can overcharge for overages?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:25 8

5. fzacek (Posts: 1614; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


They just want $$$$$$$$$$...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 22:17

7. TheMoltenD (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


Throttling the unlimited customers will drive them away to T-Mobile.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 22:55 1

10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2961; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"They just want $$$$$$$$$$..."

Yep, there are many studies showing that (and Verizon execs have admitted) their networks are way under capacity. As Verizon just added XLTE, you can be sure they are way under capacity now.

It will take a few steps, but Verizon will reduce their unlimited data to be the same as ATT's -- 5GB and then throttled. If you want more than 5GB high speed data, you will be forced to one of the more expensive plans.

As T-Mobile's LTE network is still quite small compared to Verizon's, very few customers will leave Verizon, at least for now.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:01 9

2. Federated (Posts: 224; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


I'm happy with T-Mobile. No throttling on their Unlimited Everything plan.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:18

4. naittosan (Posts: 191; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Yes but what if T-Mobile doesn't have service in your area.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 21:37 2

6. wilsong17 (Posts: 873; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Not t-mobile problems

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:02 2

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 881; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Don't be naive, Yes!!! it is their problem. It explains why they are the fourth carrier, or in last place, and have such a high churn rate.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 21:46

19. rdaex (Posts: 87; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Uh.... wat? They lost customers WAY less than Sprint, and thats WITHOUT contracts to keep people locked in.
Another quarter or so and theyll be 3rd, over sprint.

Fromhttp://investor.t-mobile.com/Cache/1001186494.PDF?Y=&O=PDF&D=&fid=1001186494&T=&iid=4091145
Record low branded postpaid churn of 1.5%, down 20 basis points sequentially and down 40 basis points YoY

Sprint: Total retail postpaid churn 2.18 %

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:50

12. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


False it's not truly unlimited like vzw until October 1st lol

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 22:34 4

8. iammobilechris01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


You knew it was coming.. Time to say good bye sucky Big red y'all and Hello +T-Mobile​!

I'm happy with T-Mobile. No throttling on their Unlimited Everything plan.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 22:52 1

9. givemetacos (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 May 2014)


It sure is great living in an area that has a ton of T-mobile coverage just gets better and better every month here.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:53

13. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


False tmobile is not unlimited they throttle after 5 I think it is might even be 2 read the small print!

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:25

16. Federated (Posts: 224; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Nope. I hit about 25gb per month (on average). No slowing down. I still average 40mbps when I my 20th GB consumption.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 17:42

18. hockc17 (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


I hit the 60 GB mark last month and no throttling

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 21:46

20. rdaex (Posts: 87; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


How is it that people think they so right about things they know nothing about?!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 07:13

22. npaladin2000 (Posts: 132; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


1: Fanboyism
2: Employed by competitor's marketing division.
:)

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:14

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Sooooooooo, what you're saying is, download everything iCan before September, 30, 2014, aka 'D-Day'!

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 12:48

15. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I pay $65/month to Verizon and have 450 mins talk plus unlimited data. I would not switch to Tmobile because it will not save me money and I don't get subsidiary phone.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:21

17. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You won't get a subsidized phone with that plan anymore either. In fact, your only upgrade option is to pay full price. I say this as a VZW customer... With unlimited data. Also, you know as well as I do that eventually ULdata is going the way of the dodo.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 22:19

21. wkm001 (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


I'm pretty sure everyone would agree that throttling is when two people standing beside each other don't get the same level of service. This seems to fit.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:44

23. Mrbk07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


So I have vzw unlimited data I use 100 to 250 go a month and have not been slowed down. I live in a rural area where it just them and att. We have a local isp that give u 2.5mbs Internet speeds where with my phone I can get double to triple that. So what's better? Side note this in my only source of Internet.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 12:40

24. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That's the problem FWIW. It's stuff like this that is partially to blame for us losing unlimited data. I have UL, but I use at most 10 gb in a month. I also have home internet.

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