Verizon Implementing $30 Upgrade Fee Starting April 22
Whores just like AT&T
They gotta make up for it somehow, so they give you the phone for less, but then charge you more later on.
Buying a phone outright, IMO, should avoid this (I know it does on upgrade, but you still pay an activation fee if you bring in your own phone to start up new service AFAIK).
If you buy at a verizon store, on their website, or over the phone the fee is added to the upfront cost.
I don't make a lot of $ can't afford to pay a whopping $600+. So it would be an upgrade, on an existing line of service, through Amazon, which is ALWAYS cheaper than greedy slug Vzn.
So you can't afford to save $28.00 a month for a phone to buy a full retail? The average price of a smartphone, full retail is $650(ish). Divide that over 24 months and put it in an account that earns interest and you can easily do it. Other countries don't subsidize the phones NEARLY as much, which is why they pay lower service costs. If you can't afford to put less than $30 a way for a new device, perhaps you shouldn't have that phone OR suck it up and pay the fee.
1) Jellz is absolutely correct, carriers are shooting themselves in the foot with increased equipment costs and decreased profit margins. People would never join a network if they had to pay outright for phones like the Razr or iPhone. The companies that are REALLY taking a hit are the retailers/agents that are feeling these cost increased (and lower commissions) but are in no way is getting any piece of this $30 fee. It all goes to big brother, Big Red.
2) The iPhone is absolutely playing into the decision. Like the other person mentioned, our Worry Fee Gaur, Annual Upgrades, and Return policies all changed at precisely the same time, just a month before the iPhone was released. The ...
iPhones were known to drop calls...
They wanted to lock their iPhone customers in as quickly as possible.
Didn't want thousands of iPhone returns after the custs had several dropped calls in their original 30 day trial period.
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