Wireless customers petition Verizon to do away with contracts

By Shawn Knight
Apr 19, 2013
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  1. Earlier this month Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam teased the idea of doing away with customer contracts. His words prompted a petition on Change.org from longtime Verizon subscriber Mike Beauchamp that has already received nearly 100,000 digital signatures.

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  2. Aren't contracts "optional" and only required if you want an expensive phone you can't afford outright? I never understand why people assume wireless carriers are obligated to give a customers $1000 phones. Here in Canada it works that way. You want an expensive phone? Don't want to pay for it?Then sign 3 year contact. Or buy a cheapy (or used smart phone) and throw an awesome deal on it. Here typically if you have your phone already, a typically $100/month drops to $60 a month and lower. All the big brands here have a sibling lesser brand, and its ALWAYS tit-for-tat pricing, I know I brought my own device to koodos and got unlimited nationwide talking, unlimited world text, and 2 gigs data for $51 month... was $56 but I brought my own phone so they -10% from bill. And ya, NO CONTRACT! :)
  3. Except here the plans don't cost less or get cheaper when you don't sign a contract. How do you think these companies make their billions? They charge the same price whether you plan to have your phone subsidized or not.
  4. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Guest is right. That is where they milk you. After two years or if you BYOD you should be paying a lot less but you don't with this contract carriers. That's their secret and I hope it gets exposed and people revolt.

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