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SLME 11-17-2015 09:07 PM

Verizon resurrects activation fees because you're not already giving it enough money.


According to a report from Droid Life this week, Verizon will so bring back the dreaded activation fee when you sign up for service from the carrier. Starting on November 15th, which is the same date the price hike for unlimited plans goes into effect, Verizon will charge customers adding a new line of service a one-time $20 fee for doing so. The fee applies to customers that sign up for Verizon's device payment plans, though it's not clear if the carrier will charge you if you pay for a device in full upfront or bring your own. The report was further confirmed by CNN Money.

Formerly, Verizon charged activation fees of $40 for customers that signed up for two-year contracts, but those disappeared this summer when the carrier did away with contract plans. Earlier this year, AT&T started charging its customers a $15 fee when they signed up for device payment plans. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have varying activation fees for new lines of service as well.

It's never been clear what activation fees actually pay for, though the carriers say they cover costs associated with assigning phone number to a SIM card and other miscellany. And, without a doubt, they help pad the profit margin on the carriers' quarterly reports.

iiSprintWolf 03-31-2016 10:35 AM

another reason im not going to Verizon.

mbrenner 07-10-2016 08:15 PM

Verizon and AT&T are always the most expensive. The service level is high but you pay for it.

If Sprint works for you than use it and save some significant money. Now you can get affordable phones at Amazon (motorola G4) you don't have to pay a fortune to buy a good phone that works on Sprint either.

Nate-dawg 08-20-2016 01:21 PM

Verizon doesn't charge activation fees to signup for prepaid. Ask the sales rep when at the store.

mkritzell 08-08-2017 12:25 AM

Yup. I use their prepaid service and I do not pay an activation fee. I bought my phone through Amazon and a card at Walmart and had them activate for me. They tried to remove my sim card and put in another one and I said no. This is a brand new phone, it doesn't need a different sim card in it. I had them put the $40 card on for me. I noticed it's now 3gb instead of 2. I hope they didn't sign me up for automatic payments.

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