Verizon Business - LTE?

Eric Wieling EWieling at
Tue Aug 16 14:37:05 UTC 2011

As I understand it, data on a smartphone is "unlimited", but data on a non-phone device (called Broadband Access) is capped at 5GB.    

At one time if you went over 5GB on a "broadband access" account they simply terminated your account.  This happened to me.

Then a class action lawsuit happened.  I got a check from VZ and they stopped terminating people for going over 5GB.  Instead, they charged some huge overages fees.  IIRC if you used a total of 10 GB (5GB over your allowance) it cost around $250.

Last time I checked, Verizon reduced their overage fees to something around $10/GB.  Cellular data service such as 1xRTT, EVDO, LTE, etc is great when your only other options are dialup or consumer satellite internet service.    

-----Original Message-----
From: Leo Bicknell [mailto:bicknell at] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:24 AM
To: nanog at
Subject: Re: Verizon Business - LTE?

In a message written on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:34:50PM -0400, Christopher Morrow wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM, chris <tknchris at> wrote:
> > I've apparently hit some kind of magic bw limit. My 4G LTE is now 
> > magically fixed at max 1.5mbps
> >
> > Last month's usage was about 200gb.
> >
> > cmon verizon seriously :(
> they've been fairly public about 'unlimited' != "unlimited"

I have no issues with a cap, however I have huge issues when a company is allowed to call a capped service "unlimited".  I think it's straight up false advertising, and I really wish some state AG's would take up the issue.

But what's more interesting is that Verizon's contract for LTE has _the exact same cap as 3G service_, 5Gb.  If Chris is really getting 200Gb before being capped, that is impressive.,2817,2373767,00.asp

PCMag did the math, you can use up the 5GB alotment in 32 minutes with LTE.  Seems like as the speeds get faster the cap should get larger, doesn't it?

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