04-18-2012 08:04 PM
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  1. antbolt's Avatar
    I was wondering what you all thought about the new $30 fee starting this month.
    04-12-2012 01:14 PM
  2. FrankXS's Avatar
    First, in case anyone hasn't heard, this is about the new (starting April 22nd, 2012) "upgrade" fee of $30 for existing customers to upgrade and initiate a new two year contract. Read all about it here: http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...rade-fees.html

    Yeah, I care a lot. Mainly on principle. They cut the NE2, the Annual upgrade, the 1 year contracts, and now (according to the article) it will cost an additional $30 to upgrade after fulfilling your current two year contract and when initiating a brand new 2 year contract. Ridiculous.

    Personally, I think there is much more to come on this. I think the customer backlash will see the policy "clarified" (you know how they like to call it "clarification"), or changed. At the very least I think you'll see it often used as a "perk". Especially on higher-minute plans (i.e. sure, Sir, we'll be glad to waive the upgrade fee if you upgrade now -- maybe even early).

    Time will tell. But I don't think we've heard the last of the VZW "clarification" on this new policy.

    -Frank
    04-12-2012 01:20 PM
  3. osta.doc's Avatar
    Maybe I'll just keep my Thunderbolt longer than I expected. She's workin' pretty well at the moment.
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    04-12-2012 01:39 PM
  4. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I think it sucks. I don't use any of the services this fee is supposed to subsidize and I think it's wrong to require customers to pay for services they don't use. Those that use the services should pay their own way.

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    04-12-2012 01:45 PM
  5. antbolt's Avatar
    Ya I don't know what services they are talking about ,I've never heard or used them. I like my Tbolt so I'll probably be keeping it longer than I thought if this fee doesn't go away.
    04-12-2012 02:28 PM
  6. cadzilla74's Avatar
    As long as I can keep grandfathering my unlimited data plan an extra $30 every 2 years is not a deal breaker. Although I agree with all of you here. What is the justification for this? It's shoddy business practices rather than the actual "nickel a day over 2 years" cash outlay that bugs me.
    Jo5329 likes this.
    04-12-2012 02:44 PM
  7. cyberdalek's Avatar
    I want a guarantee of service. We pay wayyyy too much money to get fed the crap about no guarantees. The fees keep coming and I still can't even send a text sometimes. It's like we have a 4 way monopoly in this country. Fees go up and perks go down. As soon as one carrier gets away with it the rest follow suit.
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    04-12-2012 03:07 PM
  8. ggrr8t's Avatar
    yes I care. I hope it backfires and bites 'em in the arse.
    04-12-2012 03:30 PM
  9. jroc's Avatar
    No, I don't really care. I pay Netflix $8 a month and barely watch it, xbox live I don't even know how much...and rarely use it..

    I subscribe to a high speed news group...that I rarely use now. Used to use it alot before a few months ago.

    How many times will this fee happen? Not enough for me to really care. I would and should cancel everything else I mentioned. For me, this fee would be alot more reasonable and worth it.

    EDIT:

    I forgot to add I subscribe to Consumer Reports...$5 or $6 a month. I use that the least of everything I mentioned.

    Yea......in the end this fee is nothing compared to what else I dish out and rarely use. I subscribe to all the things mentioned for the convenience. Every once in a while the newsgroups is needed and every once in a blue moon Netflix has something worth watching when I can take advantage of using Netflix: doc office, auto body shop, public transportation, etc.

    This fee for upgrading my phone once every 1 and 1/2 years? Not that big a deal IMO.
    04-12-2012 03:41 PM
  10. ac295's Avatar
    It's crap. I hope they lose business because of it. They won't though...nowhere for people to go.
    04-12-2012 03:46 PM
  11. pingplayer01's Avatar
    Honestly, I don't care. It only applies to UPGRADES, not when you buy something full retail when no uprgade is available or bring in your own phone. Its only $30. And since upgrades are every 20 months now, its not like you will pay it a lot. You'll only pay it once every like two years. Plus, AT&T and Sprint already do it, and they charge $36. People are making it a bigger deal than it is. People are going to claim its a break of contract and want to leave without paying their etf, but its not. However, I do agree with most people. Don't charge me the fee if I don't take the classes, have you transfer my info from one phone to the next, or waste the rep's time with questions. They should just charge it when those people need it, not to everyone. But coming from a rep standpoint, it makes sense because some people really do waste my time with stupid questions and lessons, that I don't get paid for answering, but at the same time, not a penny of that fee comes to me for having some old lady waste my time.
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    04-12-2012 04:49 PM
  12. bulldogmoe7's Avatar
    what a great incentive!!!!! wow i am so happy with your service that i am willing to pay an extra $30?? yea right!!!
    04-12-2012 06:02 PM
  13. rookie83's Avatar
    SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS I have 3 smart phones so when I upgrade they are gonna expect $90 to upgrade all 3 F*&^%$$^& THat
    Im going to walmart getting 3 pay as you go and saving $3000.00 a year
    MY cell bill has become my biggest monthly utility bill time to send a message it's even more than my electric with ac running
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    04-12-2012 07:55 PM
  14. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    Looks like it works out to $1.25 a month ($30 divided by 24 months). Drop in the bucket as far as I'm concerned. I've got bigger things to worry about. Besides, consider it good will for those in need to use the "Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever."
    04-12-2012 09:07 PM
  15. Johnly's Avatar
    As long as my unlimited data is secure...the fee is pennies a day on a two year. I am not okay with it, but can it be worse?
    04-12-2012 09:09 PM
  16. dpham00's Avatar
    I want a guarantee of service. We pay wayyyy too much money to get fed the crap about no guarantees. The fees keep coming and I still can't even send a text sometimes. It's like we have a 4 way monopoly in this country. Fees go up and perks go down. As soon as one carrier gets away with it the rest follow suit.
    4 way monopoly? Uh huh. Verizon seems to be following suit, not starting the trend. Verizon was not the first to get rid of unlimited data, not the first to get rid of one year contracts.. if you have a problem with texts, then you should get them to replace the phone under warranty. This is also open enrollment for the extended warranty.
    04-12-2012 09:57 PM
  17. worwig's Avatar
    All the more reason to think about switching to Sprint and that new HTC EVO.
    04-12-2012 09:59 PM
  18. Snipperdo17's Avatar
    No, I don't really care. I pay Netflix $8 a month and barely watch it, xbox live I don't even know how much...and rarely use it..

    I subscribe to a high speed news group...that I rarely use now. Used to use it alot before a few months ago.

    How many times will this fee happen? Not enough for me to really care. I would and should cancel everything else I mentioned. For me, this fee would be alot more reasonable and worth it.

    EDIT:

    I forgot to add I subscribe to Consumer Reports...$5 or $6 a month. I use that the least of everything I mentioned.

    Yea......in the end this fee is nothing compared to what else I dish out and rarely use. I subscribe to all the things mentioned for the convenience. Every once in a while the newsgroups is needed and every once in a blue moon Netflix has something worth watching when I can take advantage of using Netflix: doc office, auto body shop, public transportation, etc.

    This fee for upgrading my phone once every 1 and 1/2 years? Not that big a deal IMO.
    Not everyone is as careless with their money as you. To many people, this fee is pointless and unnecessary that could be better spent on something important.
    04-12-2012 10:00 PM
  19. matt0715's Avatar
    I dont care, as long as verizon stays on top
    04-12-2012 10:02 PM
  20. FrankXS's Avatar
    Not everyone is as careless with their money as you. To many people, this fee is pointless and unnecessary that could be better spent on something important.
    It darn sure doesn't go far toward customer loyalty, that's for sure. I find it insulting.

    -Frank


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    04-12-2012 10:03 PM
  21. Johnly's Avatar
    All the more reason to think about switching to Sprint and that new HTC EVO.
    Tried that....nah....crappy coverage is crappy
    04-12-2012 10:09 PM
  22. CrotchBat's Avatar
    Looks like it works out to $1.25 a month ($30 divided by 24 months). Drop in the bucket as far as I'm concerned. I've got bigger things to worry about. Besides, consider it good will for those in need to use the "Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever."
    That's a poor way to rationalize the fee. Of course $1.25 a month is a drop in the bucket and for that matter so is $4 a month(only $1 a week!) so why not let them charge you $96 for the upgrade? It's a ridiculous fee and just another way they're trying to squeeze every cent they can from customers.

    Personally, I'm going to do what I've done in the past and wave my bill in their face and ask them if they'd like to lose me to Ma Bell.
    04-12-2012 10:25 PM
  23. paul-c's Avatar
    I'm not happy with the fee, but it's not like I'm leaving or anything.
    04-12-2012 10:28 PM
  24. kahil's Avatar
    So far all of the users who don't care about having to pay more don't seem to be worrying about money like most others do. One user even bragged about how much money they waste each month for things they don't need.

    This new policy has been done before...it was called an activation fee. That's all I see this new policy as being. They essentially want you to hand over more money just for the privilege of using their service...as though we don't already pay enough. Just another way for them to nickel and dime us.

    If by the time I am up for an upgrade and if this fee is still there, I'll probably go to another carrier. I already know that with other carriers I could save money, even if they have a similar fee. The grandfathered unlimited data plan is the only reason I still use Verizon...the incentives to stay are dwindling.
    04-12-2012 10:28 PM
  25. jroc's Avatar
    ^Its not about bragging about wasting money for things they dont need...its about spending money on things they want. No one said you HAVE to upgrade. Thats a choice you are making to get the latest n greatest.

    I still have a Droid 1 and Droid X1. Both activated.

    Not everyone is as careless with their money as you. To many people, this fee is pointless and unnecessary that could be better spent on something important.
    How much do you spend a week on lunch? I have a family plan that has 3 lines, 2 with tiered data plans.

    I spend more in a month on data plans than I would for this fee....thats gonna be paid every year and 1/2.

    If you subscribe to Netflix....do you get your money's worth? Or do you use it when you can?

    I think most of us throw away more money in a week, month than we realize. Factor in habits like smoking, drinking....and yea....we probably throw away more money in a week, month than we realize.
    04-12-2012 10:30 PM
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