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New Report Suggests Verizon Has Removed Data Speed Restrictions on MVNO Partners

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It looks like Verizon has improved its data speeds on its MVNO partners.

As detailed by Joe Paonessa of Best MVNO, it's highly possible that Big Red ended its data speed restrictions on its MVNO partners. Or at least with Red Pocket Mobile, which is the MVNO used by Paonessa.

According to the writer, he was surprised to get data speeds of up to 34 Mbps from Red Pocket Mobile. The ping times he experienced was as low as 46 ms. This came as a complete shock to Paonessa since Verizon-powered MVNOs have been using data speed limited to just 5 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.

This big change on data speed was also experienced by other Verizon MVNOs like Tracfone-owned brands, who had their restrictions lifted back in August. Shortly after that, US Mobile introduced new Verizon plans without the usual speed restrictions. Boom Mobile then followed in December, with an announcement that they were testing unthrottled data speeds.

The data speed changes on Verizon-based network plans under Red Pocket Mobile come as a shock, especially since no formal announcement has been made yet. Paonessa even had access to VoLTE during his days of testing his service. However, it's unsure whether or not Red Pocket Mobile was simply testing VoLTE access or it was a temporary glitch.

Once Red Pocket officially announces these data speed changes, it could be an indication that Verion has finally put an end to the restrictions it has since implemented on its MVNO partners. And this could mean good news for its customers.


Source: BestMVNO

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  1. Rok mobile still has data restrictions 5/2 mbps with Verizon. I just tested today several times.

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  2. Still restricted on my redpocket verizon line

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    1. Maybe it's a regional thing?

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    2. It could be in testing. You could also be in a congested area. Are you sure you have the right settings for your phone?

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  3. I reported this back in December: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1902962-Red-Pocket-Verizon-unthrottled

    But not everyone has an unthrottled connection. It would be interesting to determine why that is - regional, SIM related, phone related?

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  4. What about network depriortization? Had to stop using Tracfone Verizon models because the data was unusable. And I use a whopping 200 mb per month.

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    1. In my area I always have full speed on all data with TracFone. But it's very rural here, neighbors are more than a mile away.

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    2. I suspect that all MVNOs and prepaid carrier brands are subject to data prioritization relative to postpaid business and consumer lines.

      If you have issues with TracFone Verizon you will probaly have the same issues with any Verizon MVNO and possibly Verizon Prepaid as well. Maybe one of the other operator's networks is less overloaded than Verizon in your area.

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  5. I have the fastest "unlimited" US Mobile plan, doing a promo 6 months at 50% off. It definitely has never been throttled since December, pings less than 40ms. That is until you hit the 16 GB cap, then it slows to 1/4 meg or less at all times. My tower is rural, less than a few hundred households, it's not deprioritization. I have no choice for home internet other than satellite, or cellular (Verizon or regional gsm only, none of the others). I'm 10 miles from the tower and use a signal booster.

    I hit the cap on purpose, had no data after I hit it. Contacted them, they fixed it. Then start of next billing cycle, no service at all, contacted, they said auto pay didn't work despite successfully charging the $4 service fee. So I had to do it manually, was charged full price, and they refunded the half after I contacted them. That was the first month.

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  6. Still at 5/2 on redpocket verizon in Honolulu.

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    1. Did you test speeds after jumping into that manhole last weekend?

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    2. Im still at 5/2 in New Hampshire.

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  7. Straight Talk has a $55 Unlimited data plan now on the Verizon network. Best single line plan service available currently (My Opinion)

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    1. Xfinity Mobile is better. $45/month with 30k hotspots access, or $55 if you drop Comcast service.

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