Less than a year after introducing a fee for customers upgrading their smartphones, Verizon has raised the the price of said fee from $20 to $30, reports The Verge.

The fee change was quietly implemented last week alongside the discontinuation of two-year contracts for existing customers. Those customers previously had to pay a $40 fee when activating a new contract and purchasing a new device, while the fee has been $20 for device payment plans and outright purchases from Verizon.

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With two-year contracts no longer available, all customers will now pay $30 when upgrading their smartphones on the Verizon network. A separate activation fee when purchasing a new line also applies.

According to Verizon, its upgrade fees help to cover "increasing support costs" from customers switching their devices.

Verizon also recently clarified its data usage policies for unlimited customers, notifying employees that customers who use over 200GB per month will be forced to move to a tiered data plan.

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Top Rated Comments

WiseAJ Avatar
63 months ago
In other news Verizon execs got a raise...
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levitynyc Avatar
63 months ago
That literally costs them nothing.
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YakAttack Avatar
63 months ago
According to Verizon, its upgrade fees help to cover "increasing support costs" from customers switching their devices.
What a load of Yak-****.
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scoobierules Avatar
63 months ago
This is what happens when you limit competition! Verizon and ATT continue to increase rates on everything because there is no competition. I am paying double what I paid 5 years ago for the same service, nothing has changed except my bill! Verizon and ATT continue to grow and as they get bigger, we will all pay more!
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DVNIEL Avatar
63 months ago
And yet I can't vote with my wallet because the places where I need strong signal the most is dominated and proven reliable only by Verizon.
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gadgetmonster Avatar
63 months ago
I think I speak for many when I say, 'you suck Verizon'.
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