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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by iMaYG, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. iMaYG

    iMaYG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Did anyone get a text from VM today about how throttling of LTE speeds will take in effect on the 30th if exceeding 2.5gb?

  2. Darien153

    Darien153 Android Enthusiast

    My service is off so idk yet. :( So does this mean that we will have a higher 4G LTE speed?

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
  3. Higgs_Boson

    Higgs_Boson Member

    You may have been the sole recipient of that text, iMaYg. They might be telling you to mind your data usage.
  4. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    Throttling doesn't mean what you think it means in this context, it is a negative thing meaning that after a certain data cap, you will have access to lower upload and download speeds. Not throttle as in making a car go faster but as in they want to put their hands around your neck and squeeze (or maybe just around iMaYG's neck apparently!).
  5. Higgs_Boson

    Higgs_Boson Member

    More like throwing a big ole governor on that engine. :D
  6. Darien153

    Darien153 Android Enthusiast

    Ohh haha silly me. :p thank you for that little info. Yea I wouldn't have to worry about that much because everywhere I go has WiFi.

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  7. j475328

    j475328 Newbie

    Yeah I got the text as well. Also I downloaded 4 ROMs plus 3 DVD rips and about 10 CDs today. I don't care if they throttle my lte speed. It won't work I call and explain what unlimited means and boom goes the dynamite. All it takes is one time and its unlimited all day. I got me .: carbon ROM :. So I'm winning already lol
  8. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    We received a similar message back in March about 3G throttling. However, it became clear that Virgin Mobile was not entirely at full capacity to measure data usage accurately.

    As of this moment, on the Virgin Mobile USA website it shows that my account has used 23MB of data this month. I can assure you this is not true. I would be willing to bet that I have used several gigabytes of 4G data just in the past week.

    That doesn't mean that they haven't finally implemented an effective way to measure data and enforce throttling to begin on the 30th. That is possible. I just know we were worried about throttling back in March and they have not been able to enforce it due to their lack of ability in accurately measuring it. We may not be so lucky on the 30th, but we shall see ;)
  9. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    Carbon for the win all day every day!
  10. iMaYG

    iMaYG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    the date that this will take into "effect" is 1/30.

    still days from now. my brother also got the same text. funny how they can keep track the amount of data i use.

    My account in VM shows only 80mb used lol
  11. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    If I remember correctly VM has threatened to enforce throttling from time to time but the customers have always pushed back on them and then they have recanted. I wonder if the 4.3 update and the tethering issues are an indication that they won't back down this time.
  12. Warrior94

    Warrior94 Member

    Yea i got this text earlier today, i was confused for a sec (just glanced at it quick) because my plan had just renewed lol
  13. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    Possibly, but I do think that the tethering issues that came with the update could also be more of an issue with the tether apps not being compatible with 4.3 and 4.4
    I initially thought VM blocked tethering completely or at least attempted to but after searching I discovered there were many devices on several carriers that could not get the "traditional" Wireless Tether app (TrevE mod included) to work. I also noticed that particular app had not been updated since mid summer but the new "WiFi Tether Router" app, newly updated, works with almost all 4.3 and 4.4 devices.
    Then again, it is entirely possible that VM along with Sprint is aiming to enforce data policies and restrict tether usage to better serve its far growing LTE network. The more tethering there is, the slower the network and they can't have that...
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  14. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    ^^^ Hey, 2000th post, congratulations my friend! ^^^
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  15. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    Thanks you!!! :)
  16. borjis

    borjis Well-Known Member

    I didn't get a notification from VM about that, but LTE is slow at home and at work, i just use wifi most of the time anyways.

    The funny part is, my 3G is faster than LTE where I reside. I routinely get 1.5 mbps
    download speeds in 3G and LTE around 256kbps which is what my 3g was when I had the motorola Triumph.

    I was in another area last saturday though and the LTE there was 8mbps.
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  17. iMaYG

    iMaYG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I average around 6-8mb on LTE

    I only noticed increased 3g speeds recently(2-3mb)
  18. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    I average the same.. 8-9mbps

    Occasionally when I'm right by a tower I'll get speeds in the teens.
  19. syrupinmycup

    syrupinmycup Newbie

    if they do that ill probably have to switch companies 2.5 gb is way too little
  20. iMaYG

    iMaYG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm considering T-Mobile when I get a new phone if VM is successful in enforcing the 2.5 limit

    5 GB of full speed 4g is nice and I don't mind the 100 minutes
  21. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    I think I use maybe 10 of my minutes on VM any given month, I am not and have never been much of a phone "talker" preferring SMS. However, also don't have LTE, so none of that really matters to me right now, maybe in the future yes.
  22. justin4236

    justin4236 Well-Known Member

    I received the same text right after renewing my service as well, if it is true I will try my best to find a way around it, I depend on high speed 4g everyday
  23. joey92

    joey92 Lurker

    Wow my lte speeds at home are closer to 18mbps
  24. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    Mine are too when I'm closer to the tower
  25. ssethv

    ssethv Newbie

    How much data does everyone burn through in a month? I just came from Verizon and would easily go through 10-70gb every month.

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