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  1. timelord65

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    *Edit* The fee will apply to customers buying a new device with a two-year contract. I guess that answers my question. Sorry for posting this without doing prior research!


    If I upgrade a line on a share everything plan that is currently on month to month service. Will I still be charged an upgrade fee even though I'm not extending an existing contract?

    The Rep said the upgrade fee applies because I'm extending the month to month service with a new 2 year agreement. but I'm not really upgrading since I bought the phone outright.

    Any help input is appreciated, Thanks
     

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    If you bought the phone outright then nothing should change and you should not be charged any anything.

    If you are buying a subsidised phone through Verizon you will sign a new contract for that line and pay the 'upgrade fee'.

    Where did you buy the phone from?
     
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    You did good. ;)
     
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    I'd be getting the galaxy s4 at the discounted price, so I'll have to pay the $30. I thought the fee only applied if you were upgrading a phone previously under contract which my droid x2 wasn't. But the upgrade applies to any phone purchased at a discounted price by a current subscriber.
     
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    Well, since you ninja edited, ignore me :D lol
     
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    If you start new service you'll get the $35 activation fee.
    If you upgrade, You'll get a $30 upgrade fee.
     
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    Both seem SO WRONG, that you have to pay VZN additional money to stay a customer. WTF is that??
     
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    I agree, It is a joke.


    Just extra fees Verizon tacks on to make a little extra money.

    Not too bad from a business perspective of it.

    VZW has a little over 100m customers.


    Let's say 30M of those were charged the $35 activation fee.


    $1,050,000,000 just from this fee.

    30M was just a random number I pulled for an example.
     
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    That's the US wireless contract system. You avoid just about every free on prepaid.
     
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    COSTCO online indicates "Free Activation". Does that mean no $30 upgrade fee? I'm trying to determine which is better:
    - Verizon online
    - Verizon store
    - COSTCO (online or store)
    Right now COSTCO (at least online) has HTC One for $150 vs $199 at Verizon online.
     
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    Picked up mine at Costco yesterday. Verizon charges the $30 upgrade fee on your next bill. Also, Costco charges sales tax on $150 , not the"retail" price.
     
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    I go with Costco whenever I can. They can't avoid the ridiculous Verizon add on fees but they will try to tell you if there is a way to save money. The accessory pack also saves you a bunch. Plus most of the folks know a lot more than the Verizon store flunkies. I'll be upgrading shortly and I'm waiting for Costco to get in the phone I want.
     
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    Upgraded from 1 dumb phone to Galaxy S3 (wife) AND 1 HTC Rezound to Galaxy S4 (me) at BestBuy. The S3 was $50, the S4 was $100, BestBuy "price matching" a Frys newspaper ad. Pleased with both phones so far and BestBuy service was very good. I also had their 14-day exchange/return policy, didn't use. I will, of course, pay Verizon's upgrade "robbery" fees and suffer the reduction of my unlimited data - no matter, we're low data users anyhow.
     
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    The upgrade fee is really such a cheap money grab. "Hey, here's your subsidized awesome price! (now add $30 for the privilege of giving us money)"
     

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