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Data De-Prioritization – The Back of the Line With data de-prioritization, the carrier isn’t limiting the customer’s data. Instead, the carrier has the option of pushing a heavy user’s data requests behind those of other users if there is a large amount of network traffic. It’s a way for the carrier to ensure that all its users are able to use data, and provide a high-quality experience for the majority of its customers. De-prioritization, like throttling, kicks in when a user reaches a certain data threshold. For unlimited data plans, this threshold is usually anywhere from 22 GB to 30 GB. However, unlike data throttling which starts immediately upon reaching a data threshold and lasts until the end of the cycle, data de-prioritization only occurs when there is high network congestion. The two most common causes of network congestion are a large number of people using data in a small area, or a large number of people using data around the same time. For example, if a user reaches his data threshold, he can expect his carrier to deprioritize him during peak data usage hours, or if he’s in an area with quite a few people also using data. Once it’s no longer a peak data usage time or when he leaves that heavily populated area, he should see an increase in data speeds. How Throttling and Data De-Prioritization Are Different To use a car analogy, the user’s data plan is like a car driving on a freeway with a speed limit of 70 miles per hour. The car can switch lanes to find one that has the least amount of traffic and keep going as fast as possible. Throttling is akin to the speed limit dropping to 20 miles per hour. The car must go this speed until the speed limit goes back up, just like the user has that slower data speed until a new plan cycle starts. Data de-prioritization would be if the speed limit remained at 70 miles per hour, but the car could only drive in one lane. Provided the lane wasn’t congested, the car could still go 70 miles per hour, but if it was congested, the car could end up going 20 miles per hour, even if traffic in the other lanes was still going 70. Until the traffic in that lane cleared, the car would be limited to that slower speed, just like the user is limited to the slower data speed until congestion clears up. Jump to top
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I got three times that speed ON priority data last night.

On a Saturday at 6PM I am pulling this...  Download :: 662 kbps

When it is less than 1Mbps, everything is pretty slow.