Verizon: no, Mr Legere, the new unlimited data plans aren't straining our network


Back in February, Verizon joined the unlimited data plans trend, and introduced a... gasp... reasonably priced plan for mobile Internet to infinity, or until you hit a throttling cap in congested downtown areas like with other carriers' unlimited offers. T-Mobile's ever-feisty CEO John Legere, however, commented a few weeks ago during an earnings call that Verizon's network has slowed down 14% since the introduction of its unlimited plans, and, according to him, they are simply unprepared for the influx of bits and bytes through Big Red's ether. "In the same time," he said, "the speeds on our network have grown 10%. So when we say there’s only one network built for unlimited, it’s clearly ours."

Not so fast, Verizon fought back during an investor conference this week, and it didn't even have to resort to the obvious argument that it has much more customers than T-mobile to strain its network. In the words of analyst Jennifer Fritzsche of Wells Fargo Securities, who wrote in a research note to clients after the investor presentation with Verizon the following:


In addition, Verizon has apparently given real examples of how its network capacity expansion is continuing unabated by mentioning San Francisco and other markets where small cells are being unfurled, and the load-bearing there has increased up to four times as a result. Another interesting takeaway is that about 50% of the voice traffic goes through VoLTE now, and Big Red is planning to scoop up unlicensed LTE spectrum for extra capacity. Anyone on Verizon's new unlimited plans noticed any slowdown in their area compared to their previous download speeds?

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10 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, basically they're admitting there's no reason to ever throttle anyone. Good to know.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

the Yang to that statement is that extremely rarely should you ever be throttled, and that's good news

7. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good news if it's true.

2. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Honestly I haven't noticed any slow downs at all. And in terms of "throttling" I average around 60-70 GB a month and have yet to be throttled. I'm sure it'd be different if I was in a major city, but thus far the unlimited plan on Verizon has been great.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Here in Minneapolis its been smooth sailing I actually have seen some of the fastest speedtests ever with a 119mbps down and 34mbps up the other day in the metro. I use between 10-20gb per month and am still on a grandfathered unlimited plan.

5. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

to be completely honest I came from the grandfathered unlimited plan. Didn't notice a difference on day one, but a few weeks in I actually noticed faster data speeds by anywhere from 40-120% faster than before in given areas. There was an LTE outage due to network maintenance and the next day when LTE was back up I was getting around 21mbps up from the regular 9mpbs in that area. I use 12-35GB a month depending on travel.

6. dugnap

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2017

When using my jetpack, I get throttled to as low as 100k in Portland, OR. Throttling typically starts after 10MB. I guess the dream of the 90s really is alive in Portland.

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'm not on the unlimited plan, but I've noticed that my speeds have increased over the past few months. In my apartment, I was getting only about 30Mbps but now I'm getting almost 100Mbps (about as fast as my home wifi. While "out & about", I used to get between 15 & 50Mbps depending on where I was, but now I get anywhere between 40 & over 100Mbps.

9. benzb

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I assume none of you are in Los Angeles. My speeds here have been pretty bad with many areas having unusable data.

10. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

contrarywise tmobile has slowed down so badly that i had to switch to att. Tmobile is getting more customers but they will leave when they discover the network is slow with all the customers on it now. my speeds went from 30 down to 5 down and two hours each afternoon with no signal at all

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