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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pwrshft99, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member
    Thread Starter

    I noticed my connection speed lagging a few weeks back, then around the first of the month it was fine again. Then I stumbled across an article on how verizon will throttle users using too much data. I then proceeded to download NetCounter to see how much data I was using.

    Being laid off and having no home internet I use my phone alot. As I'm on an unlimited plan I wasn't concerned. Over the past 7 days I've used 2gb using the phone as normal, I don't teether, and hardly watch any sreaming content. That puts me around 8gb for the month, which means I will have my services held back by Verizon.

    This is unacceptable. I signed an unlimited contract. Not an unlimited until 5gb contract, not a different speed once you reach your quota contract. Never was I told about this when they were trying to get me to switch from t mobile. I'm sure there was probably some fine print somewhere amoung the 12 pages I was supposed to read and sign, but I feel duped.

    Can I get out of my contract?? Im closing in on one year since I switched and I think I want out, even if it means giving up a great phone.


  2. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    its in the contract basically, you can not get out of it
  3. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member
    Thread Starter

    That's what I figured.. really though it seems like false advertising to me. Unlimited by definition means no limit. Coperate America I guess.
  4. Stupifier

    Stupifier Android Enthusiast

    Always assume the worst when you sign that kind of stuff dude.....just goes with the territory. I always figure I'm getting royally screwed, regardless of what company I go to. Internet is getting tightened everywhere you look.
  5. NovaCove

    NovaCove Newbie

    i was under the impression that they wasnt going to start that til the iphone is released and only new contracts would be throttled and prior contracts would be grandfathered in?
  6. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member
    Thread Starter

    Not sure but there was a without a doubt a differance in speed. Its deceptive advertising if you ask me.
  7. benson304

    benson304 Well-Known Member

    Did you read the contract you signed with Verizon when you signed it?

    If not, then it's your own fault. Because I'm sure there is some kind of clause in there that allows them to do this. It's the nature of the business, the cell phone companies hold you by the balls. However, if you didn't read the contract that you signed and then they are enacting a portion of it, then sucks. Yeah they advertise it as unlimited, but there's going to be a way for them to protect them from people who would abuse that.

    It's not false advertising, you signed a contract with them.
  8. Smabbage

    Smabbage Well-Known Member

    Technically it's still unlimited. They never guaranteed you a set speed. If after 5Gb they throttle you back to dial up speeds they figure you still have access to the internet, it's just REALLY slow. Other phone companies do the same thing. It's in the fine print. Not saying it's right or that I like it because I don't. :)
  9. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member
    Thread Starter

    Who is going to stand there and read that entire damn contract?? Or pay an attorney to explain half of it before you sign??

    Just sickens me the stuff these big buisnesses get away with.

    I'm tempted to just keep hogging bandwith.. maybe they will call and drop me!!
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  10. vasilator

    vasilator Well-Known Member

    I don't know but I am not a data hog (maybe 2g per month) and I noticed yesterday my 3g coverage and speed were worse for some reason. I was wondering if this had anything to do with the I-phone launch.
  11. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

    They won't drop you, but they WILL charge you for the "extra" data if they find you are doing something they deem that is not covered under the contract, doesn't sound like you are, so use all the data you want.

    The new throttling is only for new contracts and affects only the top 5% of users, and I know people who use way more than 8gb.
    euph_22 likes this.
  12. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love

    How can you "abuse" unlimited? Think about it.
    At the very least there should be a little more truth in their advertising.
    Sharpe Man and EarlyMon like this.
  13. airjordan223

    airjordan223 Android Enthusiast

    2gb in 7 days? zomg
  14. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert

    Seriously, if you don't tether, like you said, what are you using so much data on? Pandora, sirius? That's a solid amount of data for a week
  15. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Member
    Thread Starter

    I got no job and i ain't got shit to do....

    Most of it is just browsing. I did stream 2 halves of a basketball game so one full game basically, but that was last week on the new billing cycle.
  16. benson304

    benson304 Well-Known Member

    Per the contract...which everyone here has signed...

    You may not use our Data Plans and Features for illegal purposes or purposes that infringe upon others
  17. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love

    I understand that the contract is legally binding (even the fine print) but honestly Benson, did you read ALL of your VZ service contract before you signed it? Honestly.
    Unless you are a speed reader with exceptional comprehension of every term listed, most people do not read the entire contract word for word.
    Bottom line is: You need a cell phone, and there isn't too much difference between any of the major service providers terms of contract, so you sign on the dotted line.
    Either way you are pretty screwed if they decide that unlimited data really means limited to whatever amount they decide is sufficient.
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  18. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    Well, hi there.

    What's the deal, gang?

    Did we forget that we have rules around here, top among them being to attack issues and not each other?

    Or that we frown on unnecessary language?

    Infractions have been given, and I've been deleting posts flooding in for a few minutes now.

    Further attacks on users after this one will carry the more severe penalties for failure to heed a mod warning.
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  19. euph_22

    euph_22 Android Expert

    I do, atleast I scan them. If I'm paying $1000-3000 for service, I want to know what rights I have and don't have. It's just common sense, and if Verizon is acting on a contact that you didn't bother reading, that's kind of your own fault.

    And really you're hurting other users ALOT more than your hurting verizon. Your massive bandwidth use has to be paid for by everybody, and your limiting the bandwidth available to everyone else. If the verizon network in your area is underutilized, not really a problem. But if they are near capacity, that could be a problem for everyone else.

    Can shift your usage to wifi? If you can, problem solved (and your going to get a better connectiom anyways).

    Edit: apologies to the mods. Removed quote. Didn't even think about the language in it. Sorry.
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  20. fortesquieu

    fortesquieu Android Expert

    Its still unlimited, not like they cut you out. Its just slower, they have done nothing wrong.
  21. zemerick

    zemerick Android Enthusiast

    Well, I think most things have been covered, but I wanted to ask this:

    Are you sure you got throttled? Did you call Verizon and ask?

    What I mean, is that their speeds are extremely variable. There are a ton of factors that can have a huge impact on the speeds.
    First, the release of a new phone ( such as the iPhone ) can have a large impact initially in certain areas while people get that new phone all set up.

    Second, patch day. If a popular phone receives an update, it can cause a large spike in data usage and slow everyone down.

    Third, network outages. Things happen, and sometimes there are problems with the networks. If you shut down 1 highway, the other 1 nearby now has to handle twice as many vehicles...things are going to move slow.

    Fourth, time of day/week. There are peak days, and peak hours for usage. There are also off-peak times. Going from one to the other can cause a large change in speed as the vast majority of people will use their phones at roughly the same times.

    Fifth, multiplication. When more than one of the previous factors are stacked, it can make things worse than both of them separately.

    Just some things to consider. A couple months ago I used my phone to tether, and was using way beyond 5 gigs. At times my internet would be slow for days, other times it was extremely fast. Correlation =/= Causation.
  22. ned4spd8874

    ned4spd8874 Android Enthusiast

    They've been throttling me for a while now. Noticed it about 4-5 moths ago. Everything will be working fine, then all of a sudden, it's dead. I have to wait a little bit and then it works again. But once it starts going out, it continues to die quicker and quicker. I've called Verizon about it at first, and they couldn't explain it.

    I agree, not so unlimited.
  23. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

    see zemerick's post above... Your situation doesn't sound like throttling. Verizon will throttle you constantly for the WHOLE billing cycle, not just here and there.
  24. ezzymurda

    ezzymurda Lurker

    I'm tired of everyone saying "they just cut your speed." im paying for unlimited 3g not until i get to 5gb's.

    Is there anyway to get around this?
  25. howarmat

    howarmat Android Expert

    and you still are unlimited, they arent stopping your data. you can still continue to download to your hearts delight in fact.
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