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Verizon Ruins iPhone Launch

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We'll get you for this, Verizon. Seriously.

You had it all set. The Verizon iPhone was a goldmine, a blissful dream for every single iPhone user hamstrung by the nation's worst carrier. AT&T was grasping at straws to prevent a customer exodus. You were providing a larger network, fewer dropped calls, and unlimited data plans. All you had to do was keep a network running.

And now you've gone and screwed it up. And not just for iPhone users.

According to a company memo, Verizon will be throttling data speeds for "heavy users."

Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.

So how much data consumption constitutes putting a user in the top five percent? Gizmodo points to a study done last July that said anything over 2GB per month will put a user in the top five percent. Well, what do you know? AT&T already offers a data plan for 2 GB.

Congratulations, Verizon. You've just willfully stooped to AT&T's level.

Hey, Apple. Ever think about Sprint?
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