Verizon’s move to throttle users’ video playback on their network has led to nothing short of frustration from customers. If you’re unfamiliar, the carrier recently limited mobile video playback to 480p or 720p depending on which plan you opted for. This wasn’t cool, but it had no choice since it’s network was getting congested after the whole unlimited thing went down earlier this year. Now, for those who miss watching 1080p or higher video on their smartphones while out and about, Big Red has an option to pay $10 extra per month to increase the quality of video to whatever quality your handset can handle.
As always, however, there’s a catch: this fee is on a per-line basis. So if you wanna watch a 1080p YouTube video on two phones while using Verizon’s network, it’ll cost an extra $20 per month. For three phones, it’s $30 and increases from there. Not to mention the fact that eligible plans start at $75/month already, so you’ll increase to at least $85/month just to properly enjoy HD videos on the go. Mind you, that’s for a single line. Not two or something. To me, this move is pretty stupid and just adds another unwanted fee to customers’ bills, but at this point, you really don’t have a choice.
If you’re willing to pay $10 extra per month just to enjoy 1080p video on your smartphone again, you’ll be able to do so starting November 3rd.