Top message: Verizon Price Increase RIPOFF!! by Mduke222
Replying to: Re: However, AT&T is sending a lot of customers my way by HersSheyz
What would you pick to replace your Dara, assuming for a moment that there were no data requirements. What type of phone are you looking at?
Dares do not require data. They never have and never will, according to the new guidelines. If it were brand new, sure, it would, but we're talking about a two-year-old phone.
Your longevity has nothing to do with anyone's ability to magically turn off data requirements. In this business, someone learned a long time ago that one exception to the rule is the same as 90 million exceptions to the rule, so the rules are set up to cover the majority and for consistency's sake. Verizon can't afford to set up 90 million different and unique price plans. So whether you've been with Verizon 4 months, 4 years, or a decade, you fall into the same guidelines as anyone else. I've shopped at WalMart for 20 years, and they've never cut me any breaks for longevity. I don't walk out with free milk or anything.
You should always get a free phone. In fact, you deserve free service. Actually, we should PAY YOU when you want a new phone. And we should deposit money into your account for making phone calls.
Do you know what you would do with a troublesome phone if this were any other industry? You'd send the phone to a repair center or to the manufacturer. Verizon, on the other hand, was good enough to help you stay up and running by swapping out your "retarded" phone three times instead of sending you to LG with your issue, which might have resulted in the same replacement anyway (just taking four weeks to send it, find the issue, and send another one back). Most likely, you didn't pay anything for this service. If you did, it was because you were out of warranty or something on the phone voided the warranty, in which case you would have paid a measly 50 bucks instead of dropping 300 for another one.
Yes, you deserve a free phone. It's not like Verizon's done anything to keep you up and running.
Oh, and what's more retarded? An LG Dare you didn't like, or kicking and screaming about a required data plan only to fall into Verizon's "trap" anyway and paying $240 more for something you think you won't use? If you think the later is more retarded, I'd be looking at keeping a Dare for as long as you can still get them. Otherwise, you'll have to suck it up and buy a phone that works perfectly fine but isn't "retarded" with data requirements, or buy the "retarded phone 2" and pay extra each month.
I've been with Verizon for almost seven years as an employee, and longer as a customer, and even I have to buy phones and pay for service. What makes you special (aside from your writing skills)?
P.S. Your response had little to do with my post, thereby deserving of my unusually brash tone.
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