If you’re a Verizon customer who uses a lot of data to surf the web, stream videos, or any other heavy use, there’s a piece of bad news for you.
As a part of their upgraded Network Optimization policy, high 4G LTE data users will experience slower data speeds when using high bandwidth applications, or when the cell site they are trying to connect is experiencing heavy usage.
Starting in October 2014, Verizon Wireless will extend its network optimization policy to the data users who: fall within the top 5 percent of data users on our network, have fulfilled their minimum contractual commitment, and are on unlimited plans using a 4G LTE device. They may experience slower data speeds when using certain high bandwidth applications, such as streaming high-definition video or during real-time, online gaming, and only when connecting to a cell site when it is experiencing heavy demand. (Note: Does not currently apply to government or business accounts that have signed a major account agreement.)
“We understand that our customers rely on their smartphones and tablets every day. Our network optimization policy provides the best path to ensure a continued great wireless experience for all of our customers on the best and largest wireless network in the U.S.,” said Mike Haberman, vice president – technology, for Verizon Wireless.
Beginning October 2014, the top five percent of data users who are enrolled in the unlimited 4G LTE plans with Verizon, and have completed their two-year contractual term, but are still tied to Verizon, will face throttled speeds after consuming 4.7GB of data.
This shouldn’t effect a majority of users, but not a very pleasant one for those who are in the top five percent. Verizon has taken similar steps in the past, so it’s not a very surprising news.