Verizon to implement $30 up-grade fee to app new contracts starting on April 22nd

Posted on Apr 11 2012 - 11:26am by Mike Wewerka

As if Verizon didn’t already make enough money on their new $300 dollar LTE smartphones (a cool $100 more than most devices), now the nations number one carrier is set to add another fee on top of that already “to high” price tag. Starting on April 22nd, Verizon will attach a $30 upgrade fee to any new 2-year contract.

While other carriers have been doing this in the past, some still remain at $15 or $20 dollars and if you complained enough, they’d remove it, but $30 bucks to upgrade a device is a little much.

I have to ask, if anyone from Verizon reads this site, please inform us and our readers, what exactly has to be done in order to upgrade a phone that it necessitates a $30 charge? I mean, I can upgrade a device myself via online, a computer system takes care of the rest, so there’s really no human “surcharge” that should be thrown into the mix. This sounds fee that carriers can simply smack on a contract for absolutely no reason to squeeze an extra $30 dollars out of you on top of the $300 phone and two-year contract.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think we need some regulations put in place here.

Source: Verizon News Center