Just when we thought Verizon can be cool again with their new way of approaching bloatware in smartphones, they go ahead and do something like this. I mean, this is nothing new, carrier throttle speed for heavy users has happened a lot if you reach your data cap. Like T-mobile, although they give you unlimited data, the based plan is 1GB of “high speed,” meaning that after you succeed that 1GB, you’re on the edge. Well, at least they did not call it something like Unlimited High Speed (although they do have that plan, and I have to say as I’m using it, it’s quite good). Verizon, just like other carriers, delivers similar plans, with unlimited data, but they can’t keep up with it.
Yes, official comment from Verizon, they will for those users who are under the dark cloud of this so-called “network Optimization” policy, which according to this carrier, it is not throttling the speed. What will happen is, if you are enrolled in the unlimited 4G LTE plan, and have already used up to 4.7GB, and are using your unlimited data “on a cell site that is experiencing high demand,” your speed will be throttled. Now, odds are most of the users who are under unlimited 4G LTE plans will not be affected, but it’s absolutely a bad sign for those who are under a busy network.
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.
Via: WP Central, Engadget