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    What is the top speed if you are limited to 480p Video?

    I know some of Sprint will limit/throttle your video to 480p, depending on the type of Unlimited Plan, while other plans allow for video speeds up to 1080p.

    I have one of the older unlimited plans that doesn't have any stated restrictions that I can find. However, that doesn't mean they don't exist.

    I have used Speedtest and Fast.com to check speeds. Can someone please provide a general range/correlation between speed and video resolution? If my speed on Fast.com routinely exceeds 10-20 MBs, could that mean that my unlimited planm may not be as restrictive as some of the newer plans?

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    anything 10+Mbps is at least 1080i, 15+Mbps you'll be able to do 4k.

    I'm on the current unlimited premium plan, and mine has never throttled video.

    If i remember correctly, when I had the kickstart plan it was ~1.5-2Mbps when I'd go to fast.com
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    Sprint analyzes the the data to see if it is video or not.

    So your download speed could be 150 mbs but when you play a video sprint sees the traffic is a video stream and throttles it down to 480p resolution .

    They throttle back the video streams and not other web usage.

    (Sidenote; Megabits (Not Mega-bytes) per second is a measurement of data transfer speed and 480p is a measurement of the number of pixels on your screen. They are related because the less pixels the less data Sprint needs to transfer.)

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    Yes, but on the plans the OP and I have.. they do not restrict the download speed

    This is actually one of the reasons I'm on the specific plan that I am

    For instance, when I'm somewhere with garbage wifi, waiting to board a plane and I cache things offline on Netflix, I can pull 100Mbps+ easily when it's caching

    When I was on the Kickstarter plan trying it out, 2Mbps max.. no matter how fast I'd get in a speedtest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad15 View Post
    Yes, but on the plans the OP and I have.. they do not restrict the download speed

    This is actually one of the reasons I'm on the specific plan that I am

    For instance, when I'm somewhere with garbage wifi, waiting to board a plane and I cache things offline on Netflix, I can pull 100Mbps+ easily when it's caching

    When I was on the Kickstarter plan trying it out, 2Mbps max.. no matter how fast I'd get in a speedtest.
    Wow, would be nice to have a plan like that. Guess, i will be content with Unlimited Basic.

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    With the current plan offerings by Sprint, if I would upgrade from Unlimited Basic, do you expect I would get better Network priority?

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