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BlackBerry Curve 9310 Picked Up by Verizon

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Top message:  What a rip off plan though.. by Haggard   Jul 10, 2012, 9:37 AM

Replying to:  Re: What a rip off plan though.. by tgc1980   Jul 10, 2012, 1:05 PM

Re: What a rip off plan though..

by GradyPhilpott    Jul 10, 2012, 6:48 PM

I'm retired, so when I'm not at home, I'm busy enough that I really don't have time to futz around with a phone. Sometimes, however when I out with friends and some debate pops up or I just am curious about something, I'll go online to get the answer.

My BB Bold 9650 has rarely let me down and I have never used more than a third of my whopping 150MB plan.

I have no use for social networks and most apps, but I do like technology and a faster processor and 4G would interest me quite a bit, although I doubt that a faster, more capable phone would cause me to use more data.

This is why I think that Verizon is ripping off a huge segment of its customer base, no matter what age range they're in or even what their data usage was before the price structure changed.

I've been researching smartphones almost since the day that Verizon put me in a box a year and a half ago by demanding that I buy data plan for a feature phone.

If I was going to do that, I thought I might as well get a smartphone, as the feature phones were clearly junk.

Well, after all that research, I knew that the Samsung GSIII was the phone for me, but as luck would have it, one day before I became eligible for an upgrade, the price structure changed.

Now, if I want to keep my perfect plan, I have to pay full price for the phone. If I take the subsidy and sign the contract, I have to let Verizon rob me of about $35 a month for the next 24 months.

But, if I buy the phone outright and become a crazed cellphone user and change my plan, I'm stuck with having paid full price for the phone and with having Verizon hold me up at "gun-point" each month.

It's win-win all the way for Verizon and for the second time in less than two years, Verizon has put me between a rock and a hard place for the privilege of having a cell phone.

Two years ago, I was so disgusted that I was spitting bullets and now I'm so disgusted that I'm breathing fire.

I'm not a heavy phone user, because my desktop and my laptop are almost all I need for internet access, but at the same time I don't want to be solely dependent on them.

I'd like to tell Verizon to go to hell, but frankly, I need some form of mobile communication and I'm better off with the devil I know than the devil I don't know.

So, if you've stuck with me this long, this is the reason I think that Verizon and all the rest are highway robbers.

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