Verizon loophole

We are happy T-Mobile customers, but know many who have Verizon and are fed up with their customer no-service. The horror stories are real toe curlers. There’s good news, though! A recent rate hike on SMS service may just give dissatisfied customers a loophole, enabling them to ditch Verizon regardless of their contract’s status. The below post is taken from Engadget blog:

It looks like Verizon Wireless is following in Sprint’s SMS footsteps, announcing a planned hike in text messaging rates for those not currently subscribed to a messaging package. The hike, which will take effect March 1st, will bump the cost of sending a text message to the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico from $0.10 to $0.15 per message, with the price for international text messages remaining at $0.25 per message. The cost of receiving a message from customers of foreign wireless carriers, however, will increase to $0.15 whether you subscribe to a messaging package or not. If this all sounds a little familiar, it’s because when Sprint did the same thing late last year, it didn’t take long for people to figure out that the rate hikes amounted to a so-called “material change” to their contracts, meaning they could bail on it without paying an Early Termination Fee (EFT). So if you’ve been sticking to Verizon but secretly fancying another carrier, this looks like it may be your only chance to take the plunge without also taking a hit. In related news, Sprint looks to be planning a price hike of another sort, with a pair of tipsters relaying the news to us that the cost for Sprint’s directory assistance service will be going up from $1.49 to $1.79 on February 1st, although whether that’s enough to constitute a material change to the contract or not remains to be seen.

Source: Engadget

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3 thoughts on “Verizon loophole

  1. I wonder if this can truly get anyone out of their contracts since it says” for those not currently subscribed ” Doesn’t that mean new customers or those who add this service and not existing plans?

    The directory service fee may do it but probably not.

    We don’t use them and are happy with Edge wireless for now but it must be aggravating to be hooked up with a contract that you are not happy with because of poor service. Sure hope this can be an out for those who need it.

  2. I am going to try to do this, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I heard about this on gizmondo a while back. I have no problems with verizon, but my phone is dying and my contract isn’t up for months. I just want to cancel, then sign up again to get a new phone. heh

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