updated 02:30 am EDT, Sat September 17, 2011
Verizon quietly turns on promised throttling
Verizon through a low key policy page confirmed that it had switched on its data throttling as of Thursday. The top five percent of 3G users on unlimited plans will have their connections slowed down when on heavily congested cell sites both for what's left of their billing period and for the following period. Those on 4G devices or on a capped plan don't see the throttling at all.
As described, the limitations are light relative to AT&T and T-Mobile, a fact Verizon is keen to point out. AT&T's upcoming practice will be a more absolute throttling that slows the top five percent regardless of their choice of network speed or their cell site. T-Mobile's strategy will automatically slow users down anytime they pass 5GB in a given billing cycle.
Its timing, like AT&T's, comes just a few weeks before the iPhone 5 is set to show and US carriers could expect a surge in data use. Sprint is the only major US carrier still offering real unlimited data and has insisted it's ready to handle the iPhone if, and more likely when, it gets the device. Many have anticipated Sprint resisting pressure to cap or throttle service in order to have a lure for customers who might otherwise jump to AT&T or Verizon for Apple's new hardware. [via Droid-Life]