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Verizon Wireless Announces $30 Upgrade Charge

Verizon Wireless has announced that starting April 22, customers looking to upgrade their current line of service by purchasing a new device at a discounted price will be subject to a $30 fee.

“This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever.”

Other carriers, including Sprint and AT&T, have charged upgrade fees for some time already.

The full release is as follows:

On April 22, Verizon Wireless is implementing a $30 upgrade fee for existing customers purchasing new mobile equipment at a discounted price with a two-year contract. This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever.

While the upgrade fee is not unique to Verizon Wireless, most devices can be traded in with our green friendly trade-in program at www.verizonwireless.com/tradein as a way to save money or potentially offset the fee completely.

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John

Is anyone really buying that this “upgrade” fee is to help fund Verizon’s workshops , online education tools, and consultations?  I’m not, and I won’t be upgrading any more phones as long as this fleecing continues.

MichaelHLong
MichaelHLong

Yeah, I get to PAY AN ADDIONAL $30 to upgrade at a “discounted” price???? English please?

Guest
Guest

If I am not a tard and I don’t need the workshops, do I get to charge then $30 for being a pain?

Kyle
Kyle

Lol, yeah this sucks. I remember the Verizon back in the day that used to let you get free phones with your new every 2. And I am talking some top of line free phones.

I just recently upgraded my Droid Incredible to a Droid Razr Maxx about 4 days ago and they are already throwing that $30 fee in there. Luckily I had a friend that has worked at Verizon for several years and he did a few things to get the price down a bit for me, but other then that they will not budge at ALL from this $30 fee with a new every 2 upgrade.

If I remember correctly, the $30 fee only applies if you are trying to use your new every 2 before the EXACT date of your upgrade. Even if you are 1 day before your upgrade date you will get charged the extra $30.

Brett Husebye

Why I went to Straight Talk.  I need a cell for both work and home.  I wanted tethering but a year at work and I have not needed to rely on it it because I am more in tune with my job now.  Paying and paying and paying.  108 dollars for a friggen phone that high because I had to have tethering just in case and thats with a 20 percent discount.  I got rid of my home phone for a reason.  I could use both if the bills were not so high.  Otherwise Verizon can go sit on a tack now and forever more.  And were is the 3 dollars you owe me Verizon, your rotten vampiric collections part of your corporation that preys on people when they turn in their phone early charged me initially 150 bucks for 1 month out of a 2 year contract and then said we will wave the fee if you come back to us.  Not only no BUT HELL NO.  108 dollars a month my lilly white ass.  I should call your 800 number and harrass you on a daily message and go facebook and text something your people have to pay attention to, WHERE IS THE 3 dollars YOU OWE ME!  I WANT IT NOW!  I warned you guys treat me like crap your not going to like my response.  And I have a LONG memory.

Rex_D
Rex_D

First they got rid of the early upgrades, then they got rid of unlimited data, now a $30 fee?  My DISCOUNTED Droid Charge was $249 a year ago.  I guess it is back to the way we did it in the old days… switching carriers every 2 years.