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Verizon thinks optimal ahead of iPhone 5 release date

Over the last few days a stream of Apple rumors have flowed from a range of sources, with many of them claiming insider information, which includes an apparent release of iOS 5 around a week before the iPhone 5 release date. Obviously both of these dates are currently unknown, although this doesn’t stop speculation of a timeframe within the next month.

We’re pretty certain that Sprint is going to get the iPhone 5, although it looks like they may get the fourth generation first. Most tech enthusiasts expect a design change on the iPhone 5, which could include a more rounded edge, although those who have a 15-month-old iPhone will not welcome delays thanks to production issues.

Today we’re hearing that Verizon Wireless is thinking “optimization” ahead of the iPhone 5 release, and will throttle bandwidth for their top data users. DL reports, the 5 percent that meet this criteria will see their data speeds reduced.

What is interesting about this news is this happened back in February, just before Verizon released the iPhone 4. So now that Verizon is slowing heavy data users again that have an unlimited plan or feature, and are on a cell site that is congested, it’s just another hint that Verizon is about to launch the Apple iPhone 5.

Verizon do point out the different between T-Mobile/AT&T “throttling” and Verizon’s network optimization. Stating that you will only have your data connection slowed when you meet the criteria, and are on a congested cell site, compared to being slowed 100% of the time on other networks.

For a full explanation of Verizon’s practice, see their FAQ page. Share your thoughts on Verizon’s network optimization in the comments, and how has your wait for iPhone 5 been?

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