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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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This is Bullsh*t
By AlterEcho on 2/3/2011 10:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
If I was Verizon, the last thing I would be admitting is that 5% of my users can create such havoc within my infrastructure. This policy makes Verizon sound weak and incapable of handling their current network load. To me it comes across as saying "Our network is fragile enough that 5% of our users can affect the entire infrastructure...and by the way, we felt that we had to court more customers with the iPhone". If 5% of the users can affect the network, what will the impact be from the iphone deluge?

Why worry about 4G, if you cannot handle the iPhone dump that will hit your network. I have a hard time believing that Verizon is worried about their infrastructure...this is more like trying to get an arbitrary cap, in-place. If I went to my boss and stated that our infrastructure could be impacted by the top 5% of our users. And we just hired another several hundred users so we will have to cap everyone, I would be fired...and rightfully so.

I left AT&T because of their caps. I have invested in a media streamer and Droid X so that I could watch 'shows', in the field. I could live even with a $10.00 monthly increase for that allowance. But to suddenly swing policy 180 without any warning, is just to much.

Funny how NTT DOCOMO does not have this same issue :/

RE: This is Bullsh*t
By royalcrown on 2/4/2011 11:30:22 AM , Rating: 1
Now you are being dumb. I was in a discussion with another Sprint user who freely said that he had at least 6 things tethered to his rooted phone 24/7 and torrented frequently. He was bitching about throttling when he used OVER 40 gigs a month. I think that kind of usage should be throttled for now. So he is savy enough to root his phone, have at least six computers and can't afford wired internet, gimme a break ?

RE: This is Bullsh*t
By AlterEcho on 2/4/2011 11:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
So, being dumb is expecting Verizon to abide by the EUA that I originally signed? I am not some sheep that just "goes with the flow". I entered into an agreement with Verizon and I fully expect them to abide by that agreement until my contract ends. So, for another year-and-a-half they had better not even think of throttling me. Especially, when they state the fragility of their network and courting thousands of iPhone users at the same time. If 5% of your users can disrupt the network, you had better be working on your infrastructure. Not trying to court thousands of users and overloading the network, even more.

If Verizon tries to throttle me, then I will employ my brother and sister (Esq.) and bring legal action...and the good thing about that is it will cost me very little. Am I pissed and going a little betcha'. Unless people stand up and take action, corporations will continue to think that they can change the EUA whenever they want. You can continue to graze with the herd...I prefer a different path.

And you're analogy of your friend's usage of wireless and my usage are completely wrong. I am not hanging on the network 24/7. I am not trying to torrent. I am streaming to my phone when I am in the field...which is four days of the week. I am using a Verizon FiOS DVR connected to a Vulkano, on a Verizon Fios home network. This is being streamed to a Verizon Android device with an Android streaming app that Verizon approved. I do not see any correlation with your story and my situation. And to be honest your friend's usage is his business...not yours or mine. For you to say that his usage justifies 'throttling', then where do you draw the line? What one person depends on is not the same for another. 'Grandma' might think your usage is excessive. So, I do not think you want to go down that road...thinking like that is very dangerous.

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