Verizon Slowing Down Data Speeds For 5% Of Its Users
Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 01:45 Written by Adam Warren Thursday, 3 February 2011 01:20
“Rule The Air,” Verizon’s famous campaign to try and get users to join their network. You may have seen recently on tech news websites that 90% of all data used on the network is by 5% of the customers. Well, as it turns out Verizon was not having any of this, they are now going to “rule the air” and take the 5% of their customers that use the most data and slow down their connection. So if you are one of those people that tether their phones for everything then you may be experiencing very sluggish internet soon.
Read on for more after the break.
We can only assume that the reason they are limiting data speeds is to prepare for the launch of the iPhone. Verizon doesn’t want the same problems AT&T had when they launched their Apple product, which was slow speeds due to thousands of people browsing the web and downloading random pictures or videos or songs.
The file is no longer on Verizon’s website but here is a quote from the original.
“If you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.
While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device. For a further, more detailed explanation of these techniques, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/vzwoptimization.”
Is this the kind of unlimited data we can soon be expecting from Verizon? we may be able to access all we want, but will the speeds get progressively slower?