[Rumor] Verizon Plans to Throttle Some 4G LTE Users on Unlimited Data Plans

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    Sadly I doubt Verizon will see it that way. I routinely average about 30GB in the summer and about 12-14 when back in classes in the fall and winter.
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    I, all the sudden, don't regret getting rid of my unlimited line for a cheaper shared plan.
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    They're just making my decision to leave them that much easier.
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    Was 2gb couple years ago, now it's 4.7, a couple years from now it will be 10gb. If they throttle me from 80mbps down to 40 I think I'll survive.
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    Maybe we're looking at this the wrong way.

    3G users were "optimized" to encourage them to upgrade hardware and move to 4G LTE. Are the 4G users likewise being encouraged to upgrade to 4G XLTE?

    Notice the commercials are touting XLTE. Is there a difference?
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    I thought that court case way back said they couldn't throttle LTE?

    Network optimization would be something different, but if that were the case everyone would be affected during peak times. I also remember many complaints of VZW throttling back in the 3G days, but I don't think anyone was ever able to show proof.

    I've never had issue with them cracking down on people using unlimited to replace their home broadband. 4.7gigs is way too low - weren't they just recently offering 6gigs to entice people off unlimited?
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    And it is possible to burn massive amounts of data if you want. I have an app that downloads a bunch of news stories for offline reading, and it can easily burn 500megs by itself in a day. But I'm usually connected to wifi.
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    I'm interested to see how this plays out.
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    I am sure the app gives you an option to download offline news stories via wifi only.
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    I knew something would come about after the last of the unlimited folks were out of contract on June 29th. Love my $138 a month, Unlimited t&t, 10gb, 3 smartphone bill on AT&T. And I actually get better reception in some areas. And got almost $700 for my two grandfathered unlimited plans. I imagine their worth just went south. Glad I sold out when I did.
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    This is just a way to get rid of the abusers, and you know who you are.
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    Not going to get rid of me that easy.
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    Sure it does. And just one example. I was only pointing out it's easier than ever to "legit" use gigs and gigs of data.

    I don't really get why VZW is stressing or concerned with what must only be a few million users at this point. They reserve the right to cancel people's contract for any reason, so just go ahead and terminate the 5% of heavy users. It's like 200K people...do it over 1-2 years and it's a rounding error on revenues/profits.
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    Like I said, I download all my news for offline reading. So even if I did that on 3G/LTE, I'd be unlikely to notice throttling (until I tried to watch some videos). Same thing with market/stock data - got a bunch of widgets updating in the background throughout the day and when I glance at it, I know it's current data within an hour.

    Really interesting idea in its own right....If you think about apps downloading/caching data in the background bandwidth needs spike, but then it's also an opportunity to give that background data different priority (oh nooo's, net neutrality, no no no!) to make much more efficient use of available bandwidth.
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    It's about time they implemented this.
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    In light of this and thinking about it for a few days I'm bailing on VZW... Kinda. My wife is keeping her plan and I'm placing a WiFi hotspot on the additional line with a massive data pool. My phone is moving to a TMo $30 5GB plan. When I need big amounts of data I'll just use the VZW hotspot. I'll be saving about 30% off of my cell bill AND I get to use Nexus devices, or maybe the Oppo Find7, or a OnePlus if I can get an invite.

    Thanks VZW!
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    In the month of May, I actually used roughly 50GB. It was the first time I broke 10GB willingly. Previously, I'd let TitaniumBackup run on 4G just for fun so I could justify the high price I pay.

    House flooded and my temp house didn't have the internets, so we abused my tethering. It.felt.great!!!!!

    Regardless, I guess I'd need to know how the slow down would work for me to be outraged. If it means it'll slow down to a max of let's say 5mbs.....I wouldn't shed a tear. That's still fast enough to stream in HD and while your download/upload rates might suffer, hypothetically you're still doing better than many folks who pay for DSL!

    If it got slowed to like 2mb....I might wanna throw a fit.

    Regardless, as long as it was still unlimited, I wouldn't be mad. I know though that now I gotta get my brother a new phone before OCT, as he still has an iPhone 4 that's on 3G. Time to plan the unlimited plan shuffle on the family line....
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    No one said they are ending unlimited data plans, just closing a few loopholes people used to circumvent around having to purchase a phone outright to stay on unlimited.
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    This all part of it first the closing of the loopholes what do you think will follow? You can not even purchase unlimited data anymore with Verizon.
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