Virgin Mobile won’t start throttling customers until 2012

September 30, 2011

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While Virgin Mobile is technically unlimited (and aren't they proud of it) their parent company had intended to begin throttling its data-hungry users some time in October. Today the company issued a statement saying that while they still intend to slow down the connection of their most active customers, the change won't happen until an unspecified date in 2012.The information was released as Virgin Mobile confirmed that it's offering the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire.

Previously, the company stated that their customers would begin to see intentionally reduced speeds after they used 2.5GB of data. They didn't say when they would actually put the policy in place, just that they would let customers know. Accrding to Virgin Mobile, that's less than 3% of their customer base - which is probably small comfort to the people who fall into the category. I suppose they intend to let their customers know that while yes, they're going to be getting a restricted level of service while paying the same amount, they're in a very small group of likewise restricted customers. It's exclusive.

With more and more United States carriers switching to a capped data system, throttling seems to be the method of choice for those situations where unlimited plans are an inconvenient necessity (for the carriers, at least). T-Mobile still offers unlimited plans, but already has a 2GB limit before customers are throttled. Those legacy customers on AT&T who still have unlimited terms in their contracts will be throttled beginning October 1st if they're in the top 5% of data users, no matter how much data they're actually using.

So gather ye tethering apps while ye may, Virgin Mobile power users. You've been granted a reprieve for another few months at the very least.

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  • Christopher Matthews

    Not a problem for me, because even with 5 bars of signal, I still either can’t connect or I barely get dial-up speeds. We’re talking MINUTES to load a mobile-optimized web page, tried on a couple different Android devices.

    • Guest

      That is comforting news.

  • Guest

    So, 3 months from now.  Gee, thanks!

  • Rr

    That sucks now virgin will loose alot of customers There 3g is slow enough and
    now this. Guess virgin wants to end up like netflix loosing half there customers.