There's bad news if you're a heavy 4G data consumer with a contact on Boost Mobile. The company is to begin throttling your connection on January 20 if you breach the limits. Even if you purchased an “unlimited” data plan, Boost Mobile plan on slowing your speeds down to a 3G connection of just 256kbps if you consume more than 2.5GB worth of data in a month.
So that's definitely going to slow down any media streaming or file downloads, and could very well even bog down standard webpage loading times. Don't worry too much though, as full speeds will be restored at the start of your next month.
Boost isn't the first company to start throttling heavy data users though. Back in March, Virgin Mobile starting slowing down users who passed the 2.5GB download mark as well.
This is definitely an annoying trend considering the launch of faster 4G networking. What's the point of having super fast speeds if we are limited to downloading only so much?
On the other hand, 2.5GB is quite a lot of data to get through in a month – over 90 continuous hours of streaming music or 20 hours worth of video – and network providers want to ensure that there's sufficient bandwidth available for all their customers. Does anyone get close to reaching 2.5GB on their current data plan?