If you’re currently on an unlimited data plan with Verizon you’ve been able to enjoy your 4G LTE data without worry of going over a data limit or having your data slowed down. Starting in October that will be changing as Verizon adds “Network Optimization” to it’s 4G Network. What that means is that if your in the top 5% of data users (over 4.7 GB used) your
data may be slowed down temporarily.
In order to be affected by the “Network Optimization” you’ll need to meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Top 5% of data users (you use 4.7 GB of data per month or more)
- Enrolled on an unlimited data plan or feature
- Have fulfilled their minimum contract term
- Are attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand
This means that if you meet the other criteria and have used over 4.7 GB in the month and are connected to a cell tower that is under a heavy load your speeds may be drastically reduced. Of course there is no knowing when the tower you are connected to is actually under heavy load, or if Verizon will decide to randomly reduce speeds during certain times of day. Verizon is quick to point out that this is not technically the same as traditional throttling as it only affects you for a small period of time, and not the remainder of the billing cycle.
Verizon started this type of “network optimization” back in March for 3G users, but as shown in this screenshot of their website, users with 4G devices were not included.
Verizon does list the following suggestions to avoid having your data slowed:
- Migrate to a MORE Everything plan or usage-based data feature
- Use your device’s WiFi options
- Use VZW tools to track and manage data usage:
- View real-time data use information on My Verizon and My Verizon Mobile
- Predict data needs by using Verizon’s Data Calculator
- Install the Data Usage Widget (available on most smartphones)
- Dial #DATA from the device to receive a text with data use information
This means that if you have a Verizon MORE Everything plan with 10 GB of usage you will not see any throttling after going over 4.7GB, but if you’re still on Unlimited Data you could potentially be slowed down. It’s obvious that Verizon is wanting to get people off of unlimited data plans and on to something that is more profitable, and this is just the latest tactic to do so.
Source: Droid Life