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More Throttling Info... a bit clearer

snodrog742

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Well, well, well... looks like Data Throttling (or Optimization if you like VZW's words) has caused some uproar - some good, some bad. I happily woke up to a bit more information today that seems to make it a bit more clear. First off, thanks to Anonymous and I will try and break it down for everyone here:

Throttling will only occur if you go over 200 MB while roaming. Okay, really, reread that a few times and put the pitchforks down. This is nice in two ways. This means throttling won't be constant.... kind of like Verizon and "optimizing" only when on congested towers, ours only happens on other companies towers. Let's be honest, if you're roaming that much to be throttled... not good. But, if you are roaming that much - USCC used to tell customers using 200 MB of data while roaming consistently that they needed to find a new carrier - no more of that, just throttling now.

No throttling on home network. EVER. Sorta. This applies to the NEWEST Belief Plans. As USCC has stated, you will just pay $10/gb if you go over. You will however, be throttled on the OLD Belief Plans until your bill cycle. Weird and I'd hate to be the tech figuring out all this, but it does make sense. Data was cheaper and bundled on the older Belief Plans so they need to control it a bit more.

This new info seems a lot better than what we were hearing before. No word on date that this is starting or if already started. What do you think of the new info? Will you be affected? Let us know!



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We just ran into the roaming problem with my brother as he went over the 200 MB of roaming and they sent my mom a letter saying it was a breach of contract and they could cancel our plan so when does this kick in so we can stop worrying about it as my brother is going to school in Orlando FL

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Does that mean that we would only be throttled on the OLD Belief Plan if we go over our allotment? If so that's good, because it is really expensive to go over!

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This is much more reasonable, and brings that crazy "$50/200 MB" number in the previous post back in the ballpark if you're talking only about roaming data. Though it makes me wish these "world phones" weren't locked out of local carriers... i.e. worried about too much roaming use on an extended trip outside of USCC's coverage but still in the US? Just pop in a prepaid SIM.

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Wait, could someone please clarify:

  1. When does this take effect?
  2. Is this 200 MB per month?
  3. Is all of this throttling discussion only relevant if I've already maxed-out my 5 GB (on my "old" Belief) plan?

I need to know because I'm going to be roaming all next week - and had planned to use a lot of 3G data...

Thanks,

Eliezer

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Tried to clarify this with USCC last night, as my wife and are planning a trip out to NE/SD/WY later this summer. What a joke...

First called customer service. They said it was a 200MB limit on roaming data, and after that charges would apply. Couldn't tell me what the charges would be, though.

Next called the local (company) store. They said it was a 2MB limit, then data service would stop working. They suggested I call customer service, then suggested to call roamer support at a different number if they couldn't give me an answer.

Next call was to roamer support. The agent confirmed there that the limit is 200MB. She said it was likely I would receive a text or call if the roaming data limit was reached, mainly to make sure it wasn't fraudlent usage. She did say going forward it may be a matter of throttling data from 4G to 3G speeds if we were roaming with 4G service available, or maybe 3G to 1x speeds, but the data still ought to go through.

The roamer support people seemed to understand what I was asking about more so than anyone else I spoke with. Whether she had all the latest throttling information at hand or not is another matter...

John

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Ok, what about the few of us who live in the fringe areas of Oklahoma that are constantly roaming, but considered in the home area? Are we going to be considered roaming and subject to throttling or will we continue to be considered home?

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Ok, what about the few of us who live in the fringe areas of Oklahoma that are constantly roaming, but considered in the home area? Are we going to be considered roaming and subject to throttling or will we continue to be considered home?

From what I have gathered if your in an area that is concidered the home area the roaming symbol doesn't count for you. Basically in those areas USCC must have more roaming friendly partnerships with companies like Pioneer Cellular (which is in Oaklahoma).

jperkins, there is no charge for going over the 200MB roaming limit, you could be throtaled but no charge. If you do it by a lot or do it consistantly though you could get suspended or even cancelled if you keep doing it.

fish22222 Did you even read the article? The throtalling will only be when your over and it will potentially save you up to $200 dollars, their looking out for you, not penalizing you, unless you'd rather pay $200 in data overages.

Pardon the spelling

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jameskris, on , said:

fish22222 Did you even read the article? The throtalling will only be when your over and it will potentially save you up to $200 dollars, their looking out for you, not penalizing you, unless you'd rather pay $200 in data overages.

Pardon the spelling

Yes, I did read the article. I am on an "old" belief plan, and I roam quite often too. So both of these can cost me the problem of being "throttled" in one way or another.

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jameskris, on , said:

Ok, what about the few of us who live in the fringe areas of Oklahoma that are constantly roaming, but considered in the home area? Are we going to be considered roaming and subject to throttling or will we continue to be considered home?

From what I have gathered if your in an area that is concidered the home area the roaming symbol doesn't count for you. Basically in those areas USCC must have more roaming friendly partnerships with companies like Pioneer Cellular (which is in Oaklahoma).

jperkins, there is no charge for going over the 200MB roaming limit, you could be throtaled but no charge. If you do it by a lot or do it consistantly though you could get suspended or even cancelled if you keep doing it.

fish22222 Did you even read the article? The throtalling will only be when your over and it will potentially save you up to $200 dollars, their looking out for you, not penalizing you, unless you'd rather pay $200 in data overages.

Pardon the spelling

Well just spoke to a rep while upgrading my son's phone. I live in the part of Oklahoma where USCC says it is considered home but we don't have towers. Three of my four lines are throttled. So, do I call and raise a stink about it or do I just tell my family to hit WiFi every chance they get?

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I am getting ready to go on a trip. While on the trip, we will be traveling through three states: Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. I would imagine that we will be in USCC home area most of the time in IL and IA. But, in MN, I'm sure we will be roaming. I like to listen to streaming audio while on the road, so I will most likely encounter the throttling. When they "throttle" your connection, what speed to they throttle it to? I saw someone mention 1X speed, which is about 150kbps, right? If that's the case, I'm used to that when from when I was with Sprint! =-\ Also, does the throttling apply only to roaming, or will it remain throttled when you reach a USCC home area?

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I am getting ready to go on a trip. While on the trip, we will be traveling through three states: Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. I would imagine that we will be in USCC home area most of the time in IL and IA. But, in MN, I'm sure we will be roaming. I like to listen to streaming audio while on the road, so I will most likely encounter the throttling. When they "throttle" your connection, what speed to they throttle it to? I saw someone mention 1X speed, which is about 150kbps, right? If that's the case, I'm used to that when from when I was with Sprint! =-\ Also, does the throttling apply only to roaming, or will it remain throttled when you reach a USCC home area?

From stories I've heard, it is throttled to around 1X speeds if not less. If you surpass 200 MB while roaming, it will also throttle you in your "home" area until your next billing cycle. Some have called and been able to get it removed after they are back home but only heard of 1 case this was successful. Hope this helps!

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JKH68, on , said:

I am getting ready to go on a trip. While on the trip, we will be traveling through three states: Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. I would imagine that we will be in USCC home area most of the time in IL and IA. But, in MN, I'm sure we will be roaming. I like to listen to streaming audio while on the road, so I will most likely encounter the throttling. When they "throttle" your connection, what speed to they throttle it to? I saw someone mention 1X speed, which is about 150kbps, right? If that's the case, I'm used to that when from when I was with Sprint! =-\ Also, does the throttling apply only to roaming, or will it remain throttled when you reach a USCC home area?

From stories I've heard, it is throttled to around 1X speeds if not less. If you surpass 200 MB while roaming, it will also throttle you in your "home" area until your next billing cycle. Some have called and been able to get it removed after they are back home but only heard of 1 case this was successful. Hope this helps!

The guy I talked to at the Tulsa call center said we wouldn't be throttled when in a home area, just when roaming.

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Well, we were in Central MN for a week and managed to stay under 200mb of roaming data. Well, at least our connection isn't slower than normal now that we're back at home. The reason we managed to stay under was because we were able to hook our phones up to wi-fi at our host's home.

200mb is a bunch of crap! I'm glad we don't go out of town very often. I waited until we were back in Iowa, most of which is USCC territory to start streaming music on our return home, though. Heck, I've STILL managed to use less than 1GB out of 5 during this billing cycle, which will end tomorrow.

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