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Is Your Carrier Slowing Down Your Internet Connection?

Yes, your mobile carrier may be responsible for your slow Internet connection. Find out the two major reasons that your carrier might slow your Internet.

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If you are experiencing a prolonged, unusually slow Internet connection whenever you’re not on Wi-Fi, then your mobile carrier could be at fault for your slow Internet speed. The following are some reasons you might be experiencing slower Internet.

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You’re Guaranteed Only So Much Full-Speed Data Per Month

Many of the major carriers (such as AT&T and Verizon) offer “unlimited” monthly data — to an extent. For example, Verizon and AT&T offer full-speed data for the first 22GB that you use. After that, they will slow down your connection until the next billing cycle. If your Internet connection has slowed dramatically all of a sudden, then this could be why. Check your monthly data usage to see if your carrier is responsible for your slow Internet.

You’re Using an Alternative Mobile Carrier

Alternative mobile carriers are often cheaper than the mobile carriers that dominate the market. A plan from an alternative mobile carrier may be cheaper, but you’ll likely sacrifice some of the benefits of using one of the big carriers. Alternative mobile carriers typically buy access to one of the three main carriers’ networks, and then resell that network space at a discounted rate to customers. Because of that, service for an AT&T customer, for example, will be a priority over service for a Cricket Wireless customer.

In exchange for a cheaper plan, you may experience poor quality service, especially during peak usage times or an emergency situation. These alternative carriers are also not responsible for the quality of your service — it’s right there in your contract when you sign up. If you’ve been experiencing poor service regularly with your carrier, then it may be time to switch it up. There are plenty of more affordable mobile carriers with better service (like Project Fi or Sprint) — you just need to find one that works best in your area and for your needs.