Verizon Wireless will be instituting a $30 penalty if you want to sign up for a new phone. Yup, they call it an upgrade fee. I call it a “penalty”. This is for obvious reasons. And leigitimately, there is no reason for VZW or anyone else to charge us for this. However, it is within their rights to do it.
Having said that, it is within our rights to take our business elsewhere. That means once your contract is up, tell your carrier you don’t want to pay that fee. Lie to them if you have to. Tell them that you’ve spoken to T-Mobile and they’re willing to waive that fee. Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. Honestly, I can tell you that I have never had to pay any such nonsense fees.
Even big bad AT&T caved when I told them we’ll take our family plans elsewhere.
And on top of that, there are now plenty of pre-paid options available to us. It’s well worth it to explore that route. Not only will you not have to deal with the Big Four, you may end up with a better deal. Go to Walmart, Target, or Best Buy to look at those options. With Walmart’s deal with T-Mobile and Straight Talk, you’re got GSM options now. That means you’re not stuck with limited CDMA devices.
Dave the Mobile Sage has convinced many of us to go that route and I can’t be happier.
Say “no” to these penalties levied against hard working mobile warriors.