We all know that Verizon is in for a whole crap-ton of extra traffic thanks to about a million new iPhone owners they will be handling by the end of the month. It happened to AT&T, and the success has been both a blessing and a curse for them as they found out the hard way that their system could not always handle the data load. They've worked to improve it, and some have been fortunate while others still hate AT&T.
Verizon has a plan of its own, according to a recent story from Boy Genius Report, which is claimed to come from an internal Verizon memo:
"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‚Äôt negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users."
Basically, if you are using a bunch of data, they will slow you down to ensure that other users can make their calls and still get use out of their phones.
According to website Gizmodo, the top 5 percent would likely be those using more than 2GB of data per month. Which as you may know, 2GB is AT&T's current bandwidth cap.