Verizon Wireless this morning announced that they will begin charging a $30 fee to upgrade devices on their network starting April 22nd. This was expected seeing as all other carriers charge a similar fee, AT&T and Sprint’s being $36 and T-Mobile’s being $18. Verizon says that instituting such a fee will “help [them] continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect … ” though it’s obvious that they need some way to pay the way for their new LTE network that is in the process of rolling out nationwide.
So, before you think about upgrading your device in the future, just remember that there’s a $30 fee for that along with the $35 activation fee — which may or may not be waved, depending on the device you are purchasing.
Verizon’s official statement:
On April 22, Verizon Wireless is implementing a $30 upgrade fee for existing customers purchasing new mobile equipment at a discounted price with a two-year contract. 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.
While the upgrade fee is not unique to Verizon Wireless, most devices can be traded in with our green friendly trade-in program at www.verizonwireless.com/tradein as a way to save money or potentially offset the fee completely.