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Jackarino
YacCity
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join:2006-12-28
Allendale, NJ
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[Pricing] Upgrade Fee

VZW to charge $30 to upgrade phone starting April 22nd.

»www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story···173448/1



beck
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join:2002-01-29
On The Road
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This bites. They are getting worse than banks!



Robotics
See You On The Dark Side
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join:2003-10-23
Louisa, VA
reply to Jackarino

Damn...they get us every which way they can.



norbert26
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join:2010-08-10
Warwick, RI
reply to Jackarino

Good way to discourage Phone upgrades.



unknvoip
RIP goose
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Rochester, NY
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said by norbert26:

Good way to discourage Phone upgrades.

My four lines become eligible for upgrades in the middle of May. The chances of me upgrading ANY of those lines is somewhere between zero and none. Good job Verizon - now waiting to see if you have an equal fail when and if you finally come out with the Family Data plan.


Jimelb

@myvzw.com

Its called "Capitalism" If big companies can make a buck they will



Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

said by Jimelb :

Its called "Capitalism" If big companies can make a buck they will

Phony capitalism that allows the big boys to crush all others while forcing the consumers to pay 2x-3x more than they should....all the while the big boys spend millions in DC writing laws to help themselves


unknvoip
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reply to Jimelb

Of course it is capitalism. Big companies do it, so do small ones. Probably even the one you work for.

I am simply exercising my right as a consumer to not play the game. I only wish more of us would do that. That would be the most effective way to keep pricing in line. Imagine if no one got an upgrade for a whole month. You would see silly fees like this dropped a quick as can be. Unfortunately too many of us just have to have the latest gadgets and the wireless companies know that.


decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
kudos:1
reply to Jackarino

god this just makes me want sprint to succeed even more. Assuming they don't go the route of ATT and Verizon on prices/caps...



pende_tim
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join:2004-01-04
Andover, NJ
kudos:1
reply to Jackarino

Saw a link somewhere that this $30.00 fee x the number of upgrades will rake in $1 Billion annually.
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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.



Jimelb

@myvzw.com

"will rake in $1 Billion annually"
That makes good business sense. To bad Capitalism doesnt bode well for the individual



Jackarino
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Allendale, NJ
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I don't see where VZ is getting $1Billion from.


caps620

join:2009-01-18
Central NJ

Here is the link to the article, 33 million phones X $30 (a Research Analyst estimate):

»www.wirelessweek.com/News/2012/0···illion/?



Jackarino
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Allendale, NJ
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I just don't see how 33 million ppl will upgrade.



pende_tim
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It is possible. They have 101Million subscribers as of the end of 2011 »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verizon_Wireless. If only 1/3 of them upgrade....
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kickass69

join:2002-06-03
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
reply to Jackarino

Probably from all those people buying iPhones, people coming up at the end of their contract and well as those that buy a new smartphone every year.