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Verizon to Start Tacking $20 Fee to New Lines

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Nov 13, 2015, 12:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless will soon begin charging a $20 activation fee for new customers who sign up for one of its contract-free device payment plans. The fee goes into effect Nov. 15. Previously, Verizon waived activation fees for customers who purchased devices via monthly installment plans. Verizon already charges a $40 activation fee to customers signing contracts. Though Verizon no longer offers contracts, it will still charge that $40 fee to grandfathered contract customers who add a new line of service. Verizon said the new $20 fee covers costs associated with adding a line, such as pairing the customer's phone number with their SIM card. Part of the initial appeal of monthly installment plans was the "$0 down" promise from carriers. Verizon's new fee effectively reneges on that policy. AT&T's installment plan customers now pay a $15 fee, too, when adding a new line. Sprint charges $36 for all new lines of service, and T-Mobile charges $15 for its SIM starter kit.


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Nov 14, 2015, 11:41 AM

the rich get richer

At&t charges fifteen dollar fee for upgrades too.

Verizon independent dealers can charge their own upgrade fees, too. CSOKI, even when doing EDGE upgrades charges a$40 in store upgrade fee.

Nov 13, 2015, 12:53 PM

1 step forward 4 steps back

John Legere is going to have a nice smile bashing this one.
HA! So true.
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