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Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users

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Jul 25, 2014, 11:09 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless plans to use its Network Optimization policy later this year in order to manage its heaviest users. The change in policy applies only to subscribers with an unlimited LTE monthly data plan, who were previously grandfathered in and essentially unrestricted in their use of mobile data. According to Verizon this change only applies to the top 5% of users, who typically consume more than 4.7GB of data per month. Rather than use straight throttling, Verizon will prioritize the traffic of subscribers who pay for tiered data plans (2GB per month, 4GB per month, etc.) The prioritization scheme will be put to work in high-traffic areas when cell sites become congested. The change goes into effect October 1. Verizon has applied similar network management techniques to its 3G customers since 2011.

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Zpike

Jul 25, 2014, 12:01 PM

I smell a lawsuit

This is hardly the promise Verizon made to its customers when they grandfathered them in. They should be sued for breach of contract.
Come on now. They promised unlimited, not any particular speed.
At THIS point, everyone with unlimited data is out of contract with Verizon. Besides it is saved for the data hogs not for everyone with unlimited data.
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Did you really think they'd leave unlimited alone forever?
They just launched a 100GB plan. That says only one thing, unlimited's data's days are numbered
I will be targeted my 4G LTE hotspot has used 220GB one month and I average 100+gb.

I hope because It hardly leaves my house that I wont be affected to much.

I guess no one can promise unlimited at any speed anymore.
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when watching the verizon commerical... they show a guy streaming on his tablet a sports game to recover the satellite issues.

they dont want you to use streaming data but show it in the commercial. i say they are feeding the behavior to encourage ...
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The one thing people don't realize is back when Verizon began the unlimited plan not only did people not use much data but the quality of the data was much lower. I'm sure we all remember the constant buffering. Also the grainy picture quality. So of ...
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No lawsuit. In every terms and conditions section you sign when you get a new contract, it clearly states that the carrier can alter the terms of your contract at any time. The only catch for the carriers is if this actually happens, the consumer ha...
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SergioRmzM

Jul 30, 2014, 7:48 PM

Sprint should do this

I used to work in Sprint and I saw users having up to 45 GB of LTE USED IN A MONTH! This plus the 10 or 15 GB used in 3G in the same period.

Nowadays all the carriers need to manage the access to the network, since with HD videos and music streaming such as Spotify is really easy to use much GBs of data.
dr.mordin

Jul 29, 2014, 12:43 PM

Cost

I have one question for everyone.

What about the cost of the data?
Verizon regardless of whether or not they did promise or are obligated to provide unlimited data, I know for a fact they never promised cost.

So why don't they just raise the price up to 100 a month per line?

Unlimited users can still get it
 
 
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