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Verizon Testing Same-Day Delivery for Phones Ordered Online

Verizon Wireless is trying out a program that offers customers the option of same-day delivery for phones ordered from its website.

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The company is testing the service in Philadelphia, with plans to expand it to New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. When a local store has inventory of the chosen phone, buyers have the option of ordering a device before 10 am and getting it by 7 pm.

Customers will pay a price for the speedy service — $20 for same-day delivery, as compared to $14.99 for priority overnight delivery.

“It takes just a few clicks to make purchases online, but waiting for delivery is a drag when you need it now — the very same day,” Verizon said in a blog post. “That’s why leading e-commerce retailers such as eBay, Amazon, Wal-Mart and Google are testing same day delivery services in select cities.”


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