Uh Oh: Verizon plans to reduce your video streaming to just 480p


Way back in February, Verizon did the unthinkable (for Big Red at least) and brought back unlimited data plans for its customers. This shocked many but was an obvious response to the likes of T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T who had been making similar moves.

However, it seems that all good things must come to an end if a new report from Ars Technica becomes a reality. The report states that Verizon will begin throttling video streaming to resolutions as low as 480p.

The unlimited plans will be split into two options – Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former will start at $75 for a single line and will “give” customers the ability to stream video at 480p on smartphones, and 720p on tablets. The latter is priced at $85 per line and will allow 720p streaming to be done on smartphones, while also offering 1080p streaming on tablets for an extra $20 per month.

This is absolutely an egregious attempt to keep Verizon users from making the most of their streaming capabilities. Especially considering the fact that we are seeing more and more devices launched with high-resolution displays such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Verizon also stated the following to Ars Technica:

Moving forward, HD video on all legacy plans will also match Beyond Unlimited’s HD quality,”

Let us know what you think about this latest move by Verizon and if you’ll finally be making the switch to another carrier.

[Ars Technica]


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