Verizon Over Charging for EA Apps

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  1. pc747

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    Many verizon users have come to expect preloaded apps on our phone and the thought was that maybe it was so that it help with the cost of the device. Well I have been made aware by a few people that verizon charges us more for ea games then any other carrier. We are being charged 7.99 for tetris while people of other carriers are paying 2.99. When I called up verizon I was not happy with the answer I got. The good thing is that its only ea games that is affected and not any other apps on the market. But If I am stuck with preloaded apps like NFS (ea game) and other apps that I can not remove with out rooting then I should not also have to pay twice as more for an ea app as people on other carriers.

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    Thanks to Scorpdx @ andriodforums and others for submitting:

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    Tetris on other carriers:

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    Seriously??? Thanks pc!
     
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    So, I have to ask... what was the reasoning Verizon gave you?
     
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    Now you look here young man. Who do you think you're fooling with. You will pay exactly what Verizon tells you and you'll stop your complaining now!:r_c:

    Well, that's a heads up not to buy anything EA from Verizon. Interesting stuff pc747.
     
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    I asked a csr and she said she would do some research.

    She called back and said "We are charging you extra to ensure our games are safe".

    I thanked her for taking the time to get that info and politely told her to have a nice day. I know that was the answer they gave her and was not going to be rude to a person passing alone the info. But it is clear that verizon must have a deal with ea and we are paying for it.
    The bejeweled screen shot was from sprint and the tetris was from t-mobile so its not like maybe its just one carrier offering it cheaper.
     
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    Lawlz
    Yet another thing to make sure I hashtag Verizon on twitter.
     
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    What happens if we buy apps from the market website and have them pushed to out phones? Do we pay the price listed on the website, or do we get the exclusive Verizon price plan? Who gets the extra money, Verizon or EA?
     
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    Well, they are still getting paid to put pre-loaded apps on there. The whole Vcast or whatever mechanism is mostly designed to take advantage of foolish/lazy people.

    The simple fact of the matter is all the whining in the world isn't going to make a difference until people start voting with their wallets. Even if this stuff truly irritated me it's not practical for me to consider switching carriers. VZW's turn last year was like 1-2%, which is incredibly low (think AT&T was @ 7% and Sprint 15%+) - they look at that and laugh at our idle threats.
     
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    I tried that it will not allow you to. It grays out all verizon phone so basically you have to pay the verizon price. Some one told me a work around but i want to look into it and make sure its legal and it will not submit users to potential malware.
     
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    VZW rakes us for everything else why not games?
     
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    Man, I wish Tmo, Sprint, or AT&T had decent networks!