Verizon Will Slow Speed of Heaviest Data Users
Top 5% of smartphone users are affected
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 7:33 PM CST
This product image provided by Apple shows the Verizon iPhone 4G.   (AP Photo/Apple Inc.)

(Newser) – Enjoy that handsome new iPhone, Verizon customers. But not too much: Verizon Wireless put into place a new policy today that allows it to slow the speed of the top 5% of data users, reports The policy applies not just to iPhones but to Androids and Blackberrys as well. "We're guessing that quite a few business travelers will fall within this particular range," writes Darren Murph at Engadget.

The Verizon language: "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 ..." The company hasn't resorted to this so-called throttling before, notes the Wall Street Journal, and a company spokesman say it's unrelated to today's iPhone launch: "This is clearly something we've been looking at for some time and introducing now. There's nothing magic about the timing." Click for more.

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Feb 4, 2011 8:58 AM CST
Just another reason to avoid Verizon like the plague. My 2 year data contract is nearly expired and I can't wait. The last 18 months have been awful. I am kicked offline continually and the Verizon software takes at least 3 minutes to reconnect. Using verizon reminds me of using AOL dialup. THEY SUCK!
Feb 4, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Plenty of ISP's have been doing this for awhile. They suck people in with premium plans with "higher speeds" and more downloads and then don't let the people who are paying for higher speeds and more downloads enjoy either one. They throttle your bandwidth and don't deliver the service you are paying for. It's criminal imo. Here's a list of them.
Feb 4, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Which means pretty much everyone. So glad I'm not with Verizon. If you really want IPhone why not go with Simple Mobile? $60 for everything unlimited. GSM phones have better battery life also.