Verizon Wireless has apparently decided to revamp the unlimited data offering it debuted back in February early this year. The Big Red is now dividing the offering into a trio of tiers and is now also throttling video transmission speeds.
Verizon Wireless has admitted that it had indeed been throttling streamed video content from Netflix as well as other video content providers. About a week ago, there were reports that the number one mobile operator in the United States was seemingly capping connection speeds for subscribers who were watching video content from Netflix on the Big Red’s network. The major US wireless carrier has since confirmed that it was throttling network speeds in order to optimize the content. The company did qualify that it was not specifically throttling speeds for subscribers of Netflix.
This recent piece of news may not be a welcome one for customers of Cricket Wireless who are availing of unlimited data -- apparently, the prepaid arm of major US wireless carrier AT&T has plans to implement a new network management policy that will affect customers under the Cricket Unlimited plan, especially those who consume over 22 gigabytes of data each month. Starting on April 2nd, it is quite possible that these customers will be experiencing throttled data speeds particularly in times of network congestion.
T-Mobile will be paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $48 million as settlement for misleading mobile users with regards to its unlimited data plan. Just this week, the government agency revealed that through an investigation, the major wireless carrier was found to have not done enough to make the connection speed and data restrictions on its unlimited data plan clear to consumers. The FCC had gotten some complaints from subscribers of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, claiming that they were not notified that their data would be throttled to virtually impossibly slow connection speeds after they go beyond 17 gigabytes in any given month.
Maybe not. But it does have some serious explaining to do, especially to its customers. A few days ago, Netflix admitted that it was the one slowing down its own video content major US wireless carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
About a week ago, John Legere, the outspoken chief executive officer of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, had posted a video on Twitter, claiming that industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T are delivering video content from Netflix at 360p, which features lower resolution compared to T-Mobile, which does the same at 480p.
United States District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern California District Court has issued a ruling that AT&T will not be facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly misleading its subscribers regarding its promised unlimited data that turned out to be throttled when users go over 3 gigabytes of data in a given month. According to the judge, all subscribers that were affected had signed agreements that allowed the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States to send disputes (like this one) to individual arbitration.
John Legere, the chief executive officer of T-Mobile, may be one of the most outspoken head honchos of any corporate out there, but he sure knows when to say sorry when out of line. Indeed, in light of the recent bad publicity with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Legere is issuing an apology to the organization for his offensive remarks he made a week ago.
Mobile users do not have a problem with the Binge On service, at least according to John Legere, the outspoken chief executive officer of T-Mobile, who continues to defend the video streaming feature it introduced nearly a couple of months ago. In a blog post published this week, Legere reiterated that customers should try the feature, and not mind what the critics are saying.
Binge On, the new video content viewing feature that T-Mobile introduced nearly a couple of months ago, continues to take a lot of flak. When it first announced its newest service, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States had promised that the feature would provide a top quality, zero buffering experience for mobile users, especially those who are subscribers of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice postpaid plans.
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