John Paczkowski

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Joining Rivals, Verizon Will Now Charge You a Fee for Upgrading Your Phone

The last remaining holdout against handset upgrade fees has finally given in.

This morning Verizon Wireless said that beginning April 22 it will charge subscribers an extra $30 to upgrade to a new phone. The fee will apply to existing customers buying new hardware along with a two-year contract, and Verizon says proceeds from it will be used to “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.”

What? You’ve never attended a Verizon Wireless Workshop? Or used one of its online educational tools? Well, you’re going to have to pay up anyway. To be fair, Verizon isn’t the only carrier to charge an upgrade fee, and its charge is lower than some of its rivals. Sprint and AT&T both charge $36.

And to think, they used to give you a loyalty discount for upgrading …


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik