Is Verizon throttling 4G speeds, too?

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


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85 Comments

1. kb unregistered

They probably think they are using it as a modem

40. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

52. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

More than likely was using it as a modem.

2. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 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 @$$

9. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

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

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?

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

3. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

50. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Tethering or downloading everything imaginable is my guess.

4. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

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

76. SMB

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

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

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that is a lot of porn. these are the idiots that ruin it for the rest of us.

27. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 2010

Yep...porn.

51. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

definitly porn

82. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

most likely yes..

37. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

53. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

57. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

67. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

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

69. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

72. dZW

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 16, 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

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

58. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

68. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

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

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

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