Verizon's New Upgrade Fees Starting Next Week [Rumor]

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  1. dgstorm

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    If this leaked internal document is the real deal, then those execs over at Big Red have gone "fee happy." While one could argue Verizon execs were already infected with that particular disease a long time ago, it seems to be in its most advanced stages now. As you can see from the image above, starting on April 4th, Verizon will charge a ton of different "upgrade fees," for a wide range of situations.

    We will have the following (some of which may already have been in place):
    • 2-Year Upgrade Fee = $40
    • Device Payment Fee = $20
    • Retail Price Fee = $20
    • Device Payment Annual Upgrade Fee = $20
    • iPhone Upgrade Program at Apple Store Fee = $20
    • Customer Provided Equipment (ESN Change) = $0 (thank goodness for small favors)
    These fees are so creative they seem a bit bonkers. Frankly, we wouldn't be surprised if Verizon one day actually charges a Special Assessment Fee for Having to Charge Extra Fees Fee. o_O

    Source: PhoneArena
     
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    Wow, that is fee happy. Kind of glad I had to get off of them.
     
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    Still blows my mind that they advertise a $70 plan for shared everything, and then slap you with a monthly fee of $40 for OWNING a smartphone, despite that $70 data plan being unusable without one.
     
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    So I have to pay another $20 on top of retail price if I buy from them....ridiculous.

    I'll stick to Swappa like I did with my Note 5. I have a feeling alot of the reps will be waiving this fee cause it's so ridiculous. There really is no reason to buy from Verizon anymore other than convenience if they're gonna slap on another $20.
     
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    I got a letter in the mail last week regarding my insurance plan. Rate is going up 1.67 a month and my deductible is going from 99 to $149. Guess I'll be looking into Squaretrade to see what they offer.
    As for most of the others, I'm not concerned. If you're a long time customer in good standing, they will waive those fees if you ask them to.
    But yeah, it's getting outta control! (Just not enough for me to leave them)

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    I did SqTrade on the wife's iPhone, and probably will on my next one too. Asurion was great on my last issue on the S5, but that's outrageous, the SqT was $99 with $50 deductible, usable 4 times... Just not covered for loss like the Big V coverage.

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    Big Red Schmucks! Gotta pad that $4bill a QUARTER profit at our expense. Thanks
     
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    I can't believe this. Has to be an early April Fools Day prank.

    Too much like the taxes in the early 80s Popeye movie to be real.
     
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    So what if you just come in to purchase a device at full retail without any upgrade? Say...its a gift?

    I'm surprised they don't have cover charge just to enter their building.
     
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    I'm a bit surprised that there aren't fees charged for charging these fees and some sort of specialized lookup fee just for looking up your account as well as an account maintenance fee tacked on while they are looking at your account.

    hope big red doesn't get any ideas from me here.
     
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    Hah hope not.

    Though their next fee could be "loyal customer fee"
     
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    I think adding a fee for customers who read the complete list of fees would be in order here. This of course would be after they charge you a different fee for putting the fee list together to begin with. And if you question any fees on the list, they will fine you. And when they fine you they will tack on a fine processing fee.
     
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