When Verizon Wireless announced
that the iPhone 4 would be coming to its network, the company made sure to
make everyone know that its network was prepared to handle the onslaught of new
devices. After all, Verizon Wireless is home to numerous Android devices which
themselves tend to be data hungry.
Today, however, we're getting news that Verizon Wireless has
plans to keep its network "in check" to ensure that it doesn't run
into the same roadblocks as AT&T. Boy
Genius Report noticed that the company has posted a new notice on its
that targets heavy downloaders:
Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our
network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve
this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of
Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds
periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following
billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at
locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon
Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers
aren't negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few
Unfortunately, there is no indication of what threshold has
to be crossed before Verizon Wireless will start throttling your speeds; and
there is no indication of how slow your data speeds will be after getting
busted by the company.This new measure is effective starting today for those that sign a new contract or renew a contract.
The data throttling isn't the only change coming to Verizon
Wireless. The company also announced that it is incorporating new transcoding
technology into its network to help streamline data transfers. You can read
more info about this technology here.
Yesterday, AT&T announced that it would be expanding its
data allowance from 2GB to 4GB. This was seen as a move to better align the
company with Verizon Wireless' data plans for the iPhone 4.
quote: You do understand that BY LAW a carrier can only own so much spectrum in any given market.And you do know that wireless spectrum can only be used to transmit so much data.
quote: I don't think you understand telecom.Wireless carriers always want more spectrum. Especially in urban markets. When Verizon bought Alltel they had to sell (divest) a lot of spectrum in the overlapping markets, like Chicago, because Verizon already controlled the legal limit and divestiture was a requirement of the acquisition. They also had to give up customers in markets that they were already dominant. That is why a lot of Alltel customers were really confused when Verizon bought them out and they found out that they were going to AT&T because Verizon already owned over 70% of the market.