Why did Verizon and AT&T networks slow down? Unlimited plan users went crazy with mobile data
by Daniel Petrov / Sep 11, 2017, 3:25 AM
In fact, according to Opanga Network analysts, the average mobile data consumption has increased twofold since the carriers went unlimited, which explains the enormous strain on Verizon and AT&T networks, which are the ones with the most customers.
Verizon took measures recently by introducing new plans with stricter usage limits, while T-Mobile also raised prices a bit, after the initial period of breakneck market share grab. Oh, well, if you build it, they will come.
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It should be expected that people who paid for unlimited data would take maximum advantage of it... It's unlimited, right? So I'll drain as much data as I can... because, why not?!
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:40 AM 11
Of course its easy for T-Maybe to brag about network speed when they don't have as much customers using it compared to Verizon and AT&T. I'd be alright paying a little extra with those 2 knowing I'll get the coverage I need just about anywhere I go
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 9:00 AM 2
Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 17, 2016
I'm not on their unlimited and I pay 90 a month for a single line. They need to get it's together and start spending the money making on their networks. it just doesn't make sense that they have these issue their service ain't cheap.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 9:41 AM 1
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I went from using ~50GB a month to using 200+GB a month after these new plans came out lol, I'm sorry y'all
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 10:18 AM 0
Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010
Having worked for Verizon Wireless over 10 years ago and know people who still work there. I can attest that the network is the best hands down in terms of coverage. However as a customer I have chosen T-Mobile as T-Mobile is more customer focused and from a customer perspective the network is faster. I don't leave where I live often enough to warrant paying Verizon Wireless for service. As a customer I want the fastest and reliability. I don't want you telling me about how other people are affecting the network. Fix the network to handle more people. As an IT pro I wish people would be more understanding and knowledgeable about what their needs are etc. oh well.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:04 PM 2
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Really "unlimited" is just a hot marketing word that has no place being used the way it is. Unless the network has infinite bandwidth, which is of course impossible, there is always a limit. The plans should be called "unmetered" which would actually have some accuracy to it, but doesn't sound as enticing. As to network slow down... who cares? I haven't seen or heard anyone accusing either AT&T or Verizon of actually being slow so being slower than what was already faster than necessary is not really a problem if it means that many more people are able to enjoy using data more the way they want to rather than how they were being forced to.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 5:16 PM 1
Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013
I've been on Verizon for 10 plus years now and I can honestly say that I have never noticed a network slow down. My disclaimer is that i don't live in a densely populated area. Though I can say that I have noticed a slow down on the Phonearena website over the years... And the amount of ads you all are applying these days is atrocious! TONE IT BACK GUYS!
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 5:49 PM 1
Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010
As much as they expect us to pay every month for unlimited, yeah you have every right to use it. It's yours, you pay for it and it's unlimited. Don't act like you aren't making a profit, we all know.
posted on Sep 12, 2017, 12:39 AM 1
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