Verizon to expand "Network Optimization" to unlimited LTE customers
posted by Michael H. / Jul 24, 2014, 8:44 PM
and be attempting to use data in a site experiencing high demand.Apparently, Verizon will start to include LTE customers in the "Network Optimization" as of October 1st. Verizon is expected to make the announcement on August 1st, but it has already quietly altered the Network Optimization FAQ site to remove the caveat that said, "If you have a 4G LTE device you will not be impacted". This change will only affect a small set of users, though. Specifically, you have to be one of the top 5% in terms of data usage, enrolled in an unlimited data plan, have fulfilled your minimum contract term,
That's a lot of conditions to be met in order to experience any throttling. Verizon gives options to avoid throttling, but most basically boil down to simply keeping track of how much data you're using, and use Wi-Fi when possible. In the end, it may be a small change for a small set of users, but it still amounts to users not quite getting what they pay for.
*Update* It seems that Verizon didn't like our use of the word "throttling" and wanted to clarify why this "Network Optimization" practice is not the same as throttling. According to Verizon:
It seems like semantics though, especially since we were clear to explain that your speeds would only be reduced under very specific conditions, just as Verizon mentions.
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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 Jul 24, 2014, 9:00 PM 0
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They just want $$$$$$$$$$...
posted on Jul 24, 2014, 9:25 PM 8
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"They just want $$$$$$$$$$..." 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 Jul 24, 2014, 10:55 PM 1
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I'm happy with T-Mobile. No throttling on their Unlimited Everything plan.
posted on Jul 24, 2014, 9:01 PM 9
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Yes but what if T-Mobile doesn't have service in your area.
posted on Jul 24, 2014, 9:18 PM 0
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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.PD
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 % =&iid=4091145
posted on Jul 25, 2014, 9:46 PM 0
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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 Jul 24, 2014, 10:34 PM 4
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False tmobile is not unlimited they throttle after 5 I think it is might even be 2 read the small print!
posted on Jul 25, 2014, 8:53 AM 0
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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 Jul 25, 2014, 12:48 PM 0
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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 Jul 25, 2014, 3:21 PM 0
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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 Jul 26, 2014, 4:44 PM 0
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