Get ready for more Policy changes from Verizon!

| February 3, 2011 | 2 Replies

Well it looks like in 2011 change is in the air for Verizon! First we saw the drop of the Renew Every 2 campaign, followed by the removal of the 30 day window to a 14 day one,no more  rebates on phones above $199.99 (this one we like), and the insurance on phones. Today Verizon is announcing that they will soon have a new class of customers to throttle data from! These users Verizon is calling “extraordinary” data users which is considered the top 5% of data usage per month. Here is the Verizon statement taken from the source link below:

Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, 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. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.

WOW! So all you Rooted users out there using the free tethering apps may want to take note on this one as it looks like Verizon is not going to have the same network issues AT&T did when they launched the iPhone and I would expect nothing less from the Big Red as the Network as been their bread and butter all along!

So what do you guys think of all these policy changes on Verizon? Still happy they are carrying the iPhone which I think is the cause of all these changes? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

The policy changes just keep stacking up for Verizon and I think most of us our assuming it has to do with that other phone that just went on pre-order today.  After changing the upgradereturnrebate, andequipment coverage policies, VZW is also ready to start corralling “extraordinary” data users.  What exactly is an “extraordinary” data user?  Someone that falls within the top 5% of users of course…

Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, 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. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.

So for those of you cheapies out there tethering instead of paying for a real internet connection, get ready to be turtle-ized.  You can check out the new VZWoptimization document here.

Via:  BGR

Source: Droid Life

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  • Yourfriendwayned says:

    I hit like because I love the article but then again I hate the content :( stupid VZW

  • Dan Seifert says:

    I consider myself a power user in every sense of the word, but my data usage is never more than 3 GBs a month. I use WiFi wherever I can simply because of the benefits to my battery life so therefore most of the data I use is over WiFi. On an average month I use about 1.5 GBs a month. I commute an average of 2 hours a day with my phone constantly updating multiple twitter apps, facebook and usually streaming some form of media, not to mention push email so there is a good amount of time each day that I’m not on WiFi as well.

    I really think this will only affect people who use the tethering function as their main source of internet and don’t have a real broadband connection. And to them I say, Do you really like punishing yourself?