Verizon ups upgrade fee to $30

Verizon is increasing the fee they charge customers who upgrade to a new, subsidized iPhone -- or other mobile device -- as part of a 2-year contract renewal. The new fee will be $30 and takes effect on April 22.

This fee will help us 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.

Verizon offers their eco-friendly trade-in program as a way to hedge against the costs.

We've already heard that carriers are starting to push back on the costs of premium devices, like the iPhone, which cut their incredible profits down to only fantastic sizes. They successfully, and unsuccessfully, tried to increase other costs to try and get more money out of consumers for a while now. They'll likely keep trying until they find the paths of least resistance.

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Source: Verizon

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