This is the crap that the wireless public has had to deal with for years. For some reason, I don't think Verizon would have had the audacity to try and pull this while former FCC Chief Tom Wheeler was in office. President Trump's new FCC chief, Ajit Pai, is anti Net Neutrality and doing everything possible to reverse the progress Mr Wheeler made.
Verizon had never even been close to being competitive with T-Mobile. That's why it was stunning when they came out with one Unlimited plan that was simple, easy and with no real restrictions, other than the 22GB throttle cap. While AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile offered less expensive standard resolution plans with an option, usually $10 per line to bump up to HD, Verizon only offered 1080P HD resolution. Furthermore, they included 10GB of mobile hotspot per line. T-Mobile must be loving this. I was just complaining to my T-Mobile channel manager last week that Verizon's Unlimited plan for four or more users was actually cheaper than T-Mobile's. Not any more!
The below graph illustrates what T-Mobile's John Legere has been stating all along. Verizon's network would not be able to withstand the bandwidth demands of their subscribers. This is the only reason that I can imagine that Verizon would do something so extreme like this.
Even Engadget, whose parent is owned by Verizon, is calling them out on this. All of the carriers make changes for the worse on occasion. What makes this different and particularly heinous is it will even effect all current Verizon users on Grandfathered plans. These dirtbags are dumbing down resolution to top out at 720p on all SmartPhones for all Verizon plans past, current, or future.
What this means is if you plan on buying a new Verizon iPhone plus model or an Android plus model, you are wasting your money and going to get a grainy experience. Today's Smartphones support up to 4k resolution. I could understand not supporting 4k but to not support 1080p which every good smartphone has supported for years?
According to our friends at Engadget, "AT&T now has an entry-level "unlimited" plan that's cheap, at $60 per month, but video is capped at 480p and speeds are always limited to 3Mbps. That's unacceptable, and slower than what you could get back in 2011 on AT&T's pre-LTE, HSPA+ network. To actually get LTE-level speed, you'll need to shell out $90 per month for a single line. At least that gets you HD video streaming. Sprint's unlimited plan still offers HD video, but it caps music streaming at 1.5Mbps and gaming at 8Mbps.
What all of this means is T-Mobile's One Rate with the $10 Plus add-on is clearly the best Unlimited Plan in the business. If there is a silver lining to this - its the fact that only Verizon sells SmartPhones that are not physically locked to their network like the other carriers do. That means the best solution is having Dr Wireless seamlessly move your current phone with Verizon number over to T-Mobile. The only thing that changes is the lower monthly cost. In the wireless business, it's all about knowing when to hold and when to fold. Robin Hood to the rescue!
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.