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Verizon Starts Charging $30 Phone Upgrade Fee
This is What U.S. Wireless 'Competition' Looks Like
by Karl Bode 12:02PM Wednesday Apr 11 2012 Tipped by thegeek See Profile
Verizon Wireless has joined AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint and will finally start charging users an upgrade fee. According to a notice posted to the Verizon Wireless website, existing customers purchasing subsidized wireless hardware under a two-year contract must pay a $30 upgrade fee starting April 22. "This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever." AT&T recently doubled their upgrade fee to $36, Sprint charges $36, and T-Mobile charges $18.

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reply to Bill Neilson

Re: And with the continued stupidity of

We can always stop purchasing discount-priced devices from the carriers. You can probably thank the iPhone for this push by the carriers to reduce the cost of subsidizing consumer hardware