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By donc113, Senior Member on 29th July 2014, 09:23 PM
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For those of us that have unlimited, in Oct. Verizon will start throttling the top 5% of users IF THE TOWER YOU ARE CONNECTED TO SEES HEAVY USAGE.

4 conditions have to be met.

1. You still have an unlimited data plan.
2. You are on a month to month basis
3. You are a top 5% user (right now anyone above 5.7GB/month is in that category).
4. The tower you are connected to is being heavily used (total of all users).

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29th July 2014, 09:42 PM |#2  
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saw that the other day, hopefully wont apply to me, as I live in a small town.

Sucks though
29th July 2014, 09:50 PM |#3  
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you are promised unlimited data, but not a set speed. I am on the unlimited plan and do use a lot of data but I'm fine with this. I prefer to keep unlimited data in fear of living in fear of overages and I wanna use my phone when I wanna use my phone.
29th July 2014, 09:53 PM |#4  
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I'm glad I live in a very small town.
29th July 2014, 11:08 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by donc113

From The Verge

4. The tower you are connected to is being heavily used (total of all users).

Yeah..."heavily" is vague enough that I'm sure I'll get throttled
29th July 2014, 11:11 PM |#6  
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Actually Verizon is the last of the big 4 to do this. It was just a matter of time...
29th July 2014, 11:25 PM |#7  
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I was not excited to hear this since I was one of the unlucky "top 5%" that was throttled on 3G as they were starting to roll out 4G and try to get heavier users to buy new phones (I was holding out for a DX at the time). I can only hope they don't cripple the connection the way they did then. When on a "congested" tower I would only get between 1 - 10kb/sec down. I couldn't do a successful speed test most of the time without it just timing out and it would cripple even the most basic functions of my "smartphone" like email.

It's been said a bunch already but, this is how they are trying to get people to get off unlimited data and pay more for less. Luckily these days I connect to WiFi at work so during the day it won't be so bad but my train commute will blow if they reduce the speeds that much.

Also, there is a mistype in the first post, it is 4.7GB of data a month, not 5.7.
29th July 2014, 11:32 PM |#8  
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29th July 2014, 11:45 PM |#9  
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So when I've been doing 30-40gb a month sometimes, I'll be screwed... yay
30th July 2014, 12:06 AM |#10  
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They have already been throttling me. I can not even stream a youtube video without constant buffering. Been this way for awhile especially during peak hours.
30th July 2014, 05:42 AM |#11  
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Originally Posted by hecksagon

Actually Verizon is the last of the big 4 to do this. It was just a matter of time...

Sprint claims they don't throttle. Unlimited means unlimited access according to them. Between how much vzw has locked down their phones, ending unlimited, and now this; I'm done with them.

Edit: I guess Sprint is throttling their top 5% too. At least they still offer unlimited plans I suppose
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