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Verizon Wireless won't make any new friends with this latest move to swat down heavy downloaders

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 site [PDF] that targets heavy downloaders: 

Verizon 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 users. 

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 tethering 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.



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Not the worst part...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/3/2011 1:44:04 PM , Rating: 3
The throttling itself isn't the worst part... this wording makes it even worse:

quote:
we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle


So not only do they have you on the hook for the current billing cycle, but you get the brakes put on you for the NEXT billing cycle as well. That is BEYOND crazy.




RE: Not the worst part...
By mcnabney on 2/3/2011 2:12:20 PM , Rating: 1
It sounds like once you hit their 'made-up' 5% throughput they flag the line as a high user. When a tower hits capacity it will throttle the lines that are flagged as high users.

It actually sounds fair. If you use less the following month, the flag falls off.


RE: Not the worst part...
By Lerianis on 2/4/2011 3:03:56 AM , Rating: 2
You know, I hate to be offensive, but are you REALLY that damned stupid that you do not realize that most people CANNOT AND DO NOT want to limit what they download using a service that they are PAYING FOR in a specific time period!

They just want to download their web page, internet apps, video, etc. without having to worry about this bullcrap called a cap.

It's getting to the point where I would say, if I saw any throttling of me to Verizon "Okay.. you throttle... I SUE! " Let's see how they like it when that starts happening!

It's about time that they either put a HARD BITRATE CAP on these things for EVERYONE (admitting that they have oversubscribed on their services) or stayed away from throttling period.


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