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  • Verizon to Charge $30 iPhone Upgrade Fee

    It's a charge many iPhone lovers will surely balk at. Verizon Wireless today announced that it will add on a whopping $30 surcharge for customers who upgrade their mobile device.

    Beginning April 22nd, Verizon Wireless will charge the fee for device upgrades in addition to the price they pay for the new device. A rep for the company tells Reuters that the added charge will help the carrier "provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect."

    According to some of the analysts who have weighed in on the matter, Verizon's move will all but certainly not be welcomed by customers, but it may not be enough to dramatically curtail iPhone upgrades. More importantly to Verizon, however, is that the new fee could add up to an additional $1 billion for Verizon annually.

    So although upgrade charges are, in fact, quite common (Sprint Nextel, for example, charges a $36 upgrade fee), they are never popular or fatal. And that's acceptable to Verizon, which seems to be less concerned with what's popular and more concerned with what's profitable as the carrier looks make a bigger bank out of the top smartphone on the market today.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon to Charge $30 iPhone Upgrade Fee started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. bish0p34's Avatar
      bish0p34 -
      I've gotten AT&T to remove mine as well. Corporate greed is getting out of control. Time for another online petition to revolt against this fee!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      it is not FUNDAMENTAL to be connected to the internet ALL THE TIME. You can have periods with no internet until you reach the next coffee shop/library/home.
      Now you are just being silly!