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

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Red Droid

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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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