VZW revises Throttle plan, only 3G users are affected, throttle time=seconds to hours

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  1. PacificBeach macrumors regular

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    http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20108540-85/verizon-begins-choking-highest-data-users/

    This month, Verizon will be making good on its threat to choke data speeds for the most active 5 percent of its 3G data customers.
    If you use 2GB of data or more each month and have a 3G unlimited plan, there's a good chance this slow-down applies to you.

    It isn't "throttling," of course, Verizon wants you to know. Throttling is a long-term downgrading of your data speeds, Big Red said in a statement online, whereas its "Network Optimization" is more like a series of speed bumps to slow you down when the network needs a traffic cop.
    Unlike throttling, Verizon says it will return you to your usual speeds once the congestion has ceased, which could take anywhere from seconds to hours, and there's no way of knowing exactly when the cell nearest you is overburdened.
    Verizon's online FAQ is rather vague, and very polite. They're not targeting you, they're "managing" data speeds when you've reached a "certain data-usage level." And don't worry, because "high data users will feel the smallest possible impact and only experience reduced data speeds when necessary for us to optimize data network traffic in that area."
    Verizon's need to keep a close eye on its network and curtail speeds for its highest data users demonstrates once again the very real pressures facing 3G data networks as more and more customers crave instant access to data on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
    Regardless of Verizon's florid reassurance, some customers will doubtless feel a pinch. On the other hand, the unaffected 95 percent may appreciate noticing nothing out of the ordinary.


    Read more: http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20...ins-choking-highest-data-users/#ixzz1YcGwofeQ
     
  2. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Tracking down through that article, we find the actual Verizon policy statement. In part, its FAQ says:

    Will I be affected by Network Optimization?

    Only a small percent of customers will be affected. To be affected, you must be:

    •A data customer on an unlimited data plan;
    •Have a 3G Verizon Wireless device (if you have a 4G LTE device you will not be impacted); and
    •Among the top 5% of data users in a given month.

    Then, you will only be affected:

    •When you are on the 3G network; and
    •When you are connected to a congested cell site.

    How is this different than throttling?

    The difference between our Network Optimization practices and throttling is network intelligence. With throttling, your wireless data speed is reduced for your entire cycle, 100% of the time, no matter where you are.

    Network Optimization is based on the theory that all customers should have the best network possible, and if you’re not causing congestion for others, even if you are using a high amount of data, your connection speed should be as good as possible.

    So, if you’re in the top 5% of data users, your speed is reduced only when you are connected to a congested cell site. Once you are no longer connected to a congested site, your speed will return to normal. This could mean a matter of seconds or hours, depending on your location and time of day.

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    Note: It also says that if you go into the top 5%, then you are subject to the above Network Optimization on congested cell sites for two billing cycles.
     
  3. PacificBeach thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    Yeah VZW 3G is slow anyway. Only going to get worse for the top 5%.
     
  5. ap3604 macrumors 68000

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    Different article... same subject (a verizon throttling thread started by you)

    Please pay attention to already open threads on the same subject before cluttering up the forum.

    Otherwise people can simply google search for "verizon throttling" and start a new thread for a article from Engadget, then another thread for an article from Gizmodo, then another thread for an article from BGR, then another thread for an article from TechCrunch, then another thread for an article from SlashGear, etc...
     
  6. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    Quit beating a dead horse with these threads. Anyone who actually abuses their unlimited data would of already switched to an LTE capable handset which is not affected by this throttling.
     

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