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When the video freezes and the little icon starts to spin, this is called 'Buffering.' It's normal for some phones due to network limitations.

Video's from You Tube and other streaming media send information to your phone in 'packets.' And sometimes, the phone is limited in its bandwidth. (The speed that the phone can download streaming media.) from your cellular service provider. This happens especially if there are several users, using a cell phone tower at the same time. Or, if your cellular company places network limitations on all its customer's use of streaming media.

Your network provider sets the bandwidth for not only your phone but all phones on their network.
And, they have been allowing less and less bandwidth in the past year. To get more bandwidth you only have one option.

Option 1) If you're lucky enough to be in one of the new 4G areas, purchase a new 4G phone. This will almost double your bandwidth and speed. And, video's can play without having to buffer the Data.

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