Verizon throttling data!!!
I've had several Verizon android phones before getting the iPhone when it first came out. I've noticed that Verizon seems to be throttling data speeds on my iPhone to around 400-500kbps no matter where I am or how strong the signal is. In these same areas I would easily get 1.5 - 2.5 Mbps on my android phones and my friends who have android phones still do. I've noticed that occasionally I will get normal 3G speeds but about 90% of the time I can't break 500 Kbps. I've called Verizon several times and they swear up and down they aren't slowing iPhone data speeds but this can't be the case. I had the black and now the white iPhone and they get basically identical download speeds. Another black iPhone on my account is experiencing the same thing too. Has anyone found a resolution to this?
- 06-01-2011, 12:15 AM #2
- 06-01-2011, 08:21 AM #3
Verizon has said in the past that even though they are offering unlimited data for the iPhone until this summer, they don't truly have unlimited data that they will be throttling data once you reach a certain limit of data on there plan. There is no "work around" to this..
- 06-01-2011, 08:51 AM #4
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- 06-01-2011, 03:12 PM #6
Hmm that's weird, I haven't noticed any throttling on mine. I've had it since Feb 7th. This month I have gotten to 11gb and my data hasn't slowed down at any point. I've gotten between .8 and 2mb/s down and between .5 and .9 up.
I realize that Verizon said that they would throttle the top 5% of heavy data users but my throttling seems to have been in place ever since I got my iPhone (and since day one on the 2nd iPhone on my account as well). I am generally in the 300 - 500 kpbs range regardless or how little or much data I've used. I am in the Atlanta area and HAVE tested speeds in the exact same place and time and when I am being throttled my iPhone is always significantly slower than various Android devices and 3G MiFi cards. What makes it seem like they are throttling even more is the fact that my upload speeds will almost always be higher than my download speeds. I usually have an upload around 500 - 700 kpbs. I also know that the speed test apps I use to measure this are painting a real picture because when I am getting very slow speeds I am not able to stream YouTube videos or any type of video without it stopping every few seconds to buffer. The only "solution" I have found to remove the throttling is to hold the home and power button until the phone turns off and comes back on. After doing this, my speeds generally return to where they should be ( 1 - 2.5 mpbs and I can stream videos without ANY buffering after they start) but after a few hours or a day they return back to being throttled.
- 06-01-2011, 04:22 PM #8
- 06-01-2011, 05:26 PM #9
If VZW were throttling data I believe many more people would be impacted. They have publicly stated that they will not throttle any 3g traffic. LTE on the other hand is a different story when they introduce the tiered plans.
- 06-02-2011, 01:42 AM #10
I have thought something was wrong from the start, but how do you explain this to someone at Verizon? And what are they going to do about it?
- 06-02-2011, 09:45 AM #11
I'd think the bars and how many people use VZW in your area would have an effect on your speeds as well. I rarely get over 1mb/s down and .7mb/s up when away at college, w/ 5 bars so I assume it is more affected by those connecting to the same tower and not necessarily the bars on your device.
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- 06-10-2011, 05:25 PM #21iPhone Newbie
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I don't think your being throttled, as I've had Droids that are comparable in speed. It's just the network. Getting over 1Mbps is probably a godsend, because I've rarely had it. The future is LTE so I'd just wait until you can get the LTE iPhone or move to one of the LTE Droids if you do a lot of multimedia over the network, the LTE speed is ridiculous.
As much as I like my iPhone, I had to move it to second duty compared to my Thunderbolt because I like to stream a lot of media (and flash doesn't hurt either). 12 Mbps down on avg is awesome, as long as you keep a power outlet nearby...lol
- 06-11-2011, 07:12 AM #22
Ya'll do know you can have "full bars" and poor speed right?
The bars represent signal strength. Not cellular data speed.
But as many have pointed out here; it has a lot to do with how many people are on that tower.
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