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Verizon Wireless To Charge $2 For One-Time Payment
Yahoo Finance ^ | 12/29/11 | Peter Svensson

Posted on 12/29/2011 10:12:36 PM PST by Lmo56

Verizon Wireless to charge $2 for one-time payments by credit card, online or by phone.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone company, said Thursday that it will start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards.

The company said this "convenience fee" will be introduced Jan. 15.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: fee; verizon
Verizon Wireless attempted the same thing with FIOS - and customers revolted. Don't they EVER learn?
1 posted on 12/29/2011 10:12:44 PM PST by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

I guess I will have to just pay at the store with cash? I mean luckily there are a ton of stores around. I have one about 1 1/2 miles from the house.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 10:20:33 PM PST by napscoordinator (Happy New Year's! The Year the Nightmare is OVER!!!!!)
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To: Lmo56

I can go one better, my power company failed to credit my account( I am on automatic pay) and wanted $3.75 to talk to a real live person about it.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 10:21:00 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Lmo56

I can go one better, my power company failed to credit my account( I am on automatic pay) and wanted $3.75 to talk to a real live person about it.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 10:21:12 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Lmo56

The funny thing is, electronic payments like this are much cheaper for the company to handle, since they don’t need a human involved in the process.


5 posted on 12/29/2011 10:25:25 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Lmo56

Okay fine,no online payments..... from now on I’ll go back to requesting tree killing paper statements and use my bank’s no charge bill pay system. However I will specify the Verizon status as bank generated check..... Verizon...stuck on stupid....policy change in 4....3....2


6 posted on 12/29/2011 10:31:13 PM PST by hatfieldmccoy (It's not racism..... it's probability, actuarial tables, statistics. Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: Lmo56
So now you either have to pay $2 each time after checking your bill to see if there are any errors, or you go on auto-pay and have to spend scads of time trying to reverse errors over the phone.

Great.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 10:32:34 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Lmo56

They don’t charge for using an e-check.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 10:35:39 PM PST by dalereed
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To: napscoordinator
I guess I will have to just pay at the store with cash? I mean luckily there are a ton of stores around. I have one about 1 1/2 miles from the house.

Go ahead and wait in that line at the store. I have a smile from ear to ear than I dumped Verizon a long time ago.

Next, check you contract to see if it allows them to charge the $2. I'd be looking to see if the change would release me from the contract (if I was unfortunate enough to be a Verizon customer which happily I am not).

9 posted on 12/29/2011 10:43:02 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Lmo56

Verizon and Verizon Wireless, I learned to my chagrin, are two different companies within the same corporate entity, or were a few years ago. I tried to pay a VW bill at a Verizon office (or vice versa) and ended up being run around town. Under whichever name, it’s probably my least favorite company to have to deal with. If I weren’t so lazy, I’d change providers.


10 posted on 12/29/2011 10:46:23 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Lmo56

motherless bloodsuckers..!


11 posted on 12/29/2011 10:53:00 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile

I dumped those bloodsuckers 3 years ago.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 10:57:33 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: razorback-bert

I can go with that. I bought a Dell PC baack in 03 on their credit line, No interest if paid in 12 mos. Well on final pmt the wife forgot to add $0.34 to the check to pay it off. Dell wanted to charge the whole years interest to my account. Had to email them to reason. Even offered to send five bucks for the error. The emailed me back stating that they would do this one time,like they were doing me a favor.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 11:01:28 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I am wondering about the contract thing. One of our lines is under contract til next fall, but the main one and one other are up in February. I always pay on-line on their site. We have had Verizon for years and have had pretty good service, but this will tick me off. It will come into play when the 3rd line is up and we certainly will not be signing a new contract or buying new phones.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 11:09:42 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: Lmo56

I will never go back to Verizon. They burned me for a couple hundred bucks after they made a deal. And were jerks about it. Then customer service was incompetant. Give me AT&T or Sprint my current. If my Sprint phone drops a call I am still thankful it is not Verizon.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 11:18:42 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Lmo56
Verizon is just evil.

In January I signed up for a little advertised $67 for a Triple Play deal, and they tried NOT to give me the price. I told them I would send them the screen shot of their ad. Finally after 4.5 hours with many CS reps they said I could have it.

The NEVER charged me less than $125 (usually significantly more!). Finally in October I told several CS reps on the phone that I was going to start a web site and a campaign to being this to the publics attention what they did.. and I had saved all the screen shots and bills to prove it.

In November I got a note via email that one of the vice presidents had heard of my "concerns" and had issued a refund of $235 for the year to date. That it was nice but hardly made up for the several hundreds of hours I had spent disputing them and their practices.
16 posted on 12/29/2011 11:27:16 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: JSteff
Consider the money you saved by not using a lawyer.

You did an excellent job fighting your case.

17 posted on 12/30/2011 2:30:27 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Lmo56
OK. What if I start charging Verizon and everyone else who send me junk email a $2 an occurrence ‘inconvenience’ fee for the time I have to spend cleaning my Inbox?
18 posted on 12/30/2011 3:33:16 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Lmo56

Big deal about nothing. I pay all my bills on line, all charge a fee for credit or debit card payments. I pay with electronic checking and there is no fee. Credit card companies charge retailers a fee, this is only being passed on to us.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 4:03:59 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Lmo56

Their online phone billing redirects you to a payment service..and although I’m not totally computer illiterate, I could never get the thing to work right. When I called to pay by phone, they wanted a surcharge. I’m back to paper bills and the check is in the mail.


20 posted on 12/30/2011 4:11:04 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: R. Scott

Merchants agreement? Isn’t that usually something like $2 +1% or something like that?

Ok. “Fine”. (No, it’s not fine, however...)

A “debit card” should never incur any “fees”, since it is no different than an
“E-check” or electronic check. Or a paper check, that’s the point.


21 posted on 12/30/2011 4:14:43 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Lmo56

Note to Verizon: Maybe if you hadn’t spent billions subsidizing iPhone sales, you wouldn’t have to resort to an action that is annoying the living HECK outta your customers.....


22 posted on 12/30/2011 4:16:56 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Lmo56

But they are famous for ‘you don’t use it, you lose it’ prepayments for several months in advance.


23 posted on 12/30/2011 5:06:19 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Lmo56

And meanwhile, Verizon is trying to tell me that I somehow enrolled in paperless billing two months ago, which I never do.


24 posted on 12/30/2011 5:06:35 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: razorback-bert

Why am I starting to feel like a sheep being led around by robots anymore?

This is getting ridiculous.


25 posted on 12/30/2011 5:08:21 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Lmo56
Sounds like a bunch of folks here think credit card companies provide a free convenience service to vendors and businesses! Nope not free -—it is 3 to 5 percent. Obviously the posters of this thread took their ECON 101 at Obama University!!
26 posted on 12/30/2011 5:11:00 AM PST by texican01
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To: Lmo56

Thats why I use a Pay-as- Go cellphone

No contract BS

Just add money with credit card when need more time


27 posted on 12/30/2011 5:12:06 AM PST by njslim
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To: texican01

Right, cause we are SOOOOO much for “Free Market” that we just rejoice in getting screwed.

Of course there is a fee they incur, but how much in ‘fees’ would they incur in hiring real live people, including workers comp, unemployment insurance, etc... to handle paper checks?

This has nothing to do with ‘passing the cost’ along and all to do with screwing over people with contracts.

Sorry, your Obamanomics 101 class must have forgotten to teach about cost comparison because your argument does not hold water.


28 posted on 12/30/2011 5:16:18 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: hatfieldmccoy
If they are anything like AT&T, they won't send one. Then they'll want to charge you more for 'being late'.

I have told them, send me a bill (business account) so I have a hard copy to show the IRS if they come knocking. No bill, no payment, and no account in the future (--with them, I'll just move to another provider where I already have an account).

29 posted on 12/30/2011 5:20:38 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Lmo56
I encourage everyone who has Verizon to send in checks like we did in the old days.

The online is a benefit to THEM. It costs way less for them to take electronic payments.

Let them process all the paper. See if they like it better than the strenuous online payment that they have to struggle to accept.

Another option is to go to another company when your contract is over.

We the People are tired of being “nudged”

30 posted on 12/30/2011 5:36:51 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Lmo56
After hearing about all the nonsense involved with contracts and people constantly getting ripped off because they have cellphones, this is why I am a dinosaur of the past and only have a landline.

Yes, I am one of the few that doesn't have talker's elbow because I have to call everyone I know to tell them about the last Matlock or rerun of a 1969 football game or (Heaven forbid) an episode of “Twilight”

31 posted on 12/30/2011 5:51:36 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: SueRae

Now with the post office having trouble, it’s possible that it’s only a matter of time when we’ll have to go online altogether and be charged even more?

They’ll get us by our azzes one way or another.


32 posted on 12/30/2011 6:40:11 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: njslim
That's why I use a Pay-as- Go cellphone

Tracfone has been very very good for me.

33 posted on 12/30/2011 7:30:35 AM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: texican01

They have costs sure ,, but those costs were built into their fee structure ,, now you’re paying for those costs twice ... What ticks me off is that you can no longer use the old standard .. get a bill in the mail and pay by check ... because every single company that still bills that way plays games with the received mail ,, holding some of it back each month and reporting it LATE to incur fees ...

I switched to MetroPCS last year ... I pay $100/month for 4 smartphones with unlimited talk , text , e:mail and internet.. they take payments with no surcharges at company stores or their website (franchise stores add $3 to your bill for their fee).


34 posted on 12/30/2011 7:48:50 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Lmo56; All

Verizon scraps $2 fee

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Well, that didn’t take long.

Verizon said Friday that it was scrapping a controversial $2 fee for one-time bill payments announced just a day earlier. The announcement had immediately sparked an uproar online from customers irate about the prospect of incurring further fees simply by paying existing ones.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/30/technology/verizon_fee_canceled/index.htm


35 posted on 12/30/2011 1:03:55 PM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Freedom4US

but yahoo finance doesn’t seem to have their panties in a wad about the new Dodd-Frank ATM fee..


36 posted on 12/30/2011 1:06:44 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Freedom4US

My debit card is issued by VISA. The same rules apply.


37 posted on 12/30/2011 1:06:50 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: All

Seems that they changed their mind.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2826913/posts


38 posted on 12/30/2011 1:46:11 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: PATRIOT1876
Yes, I am one of the few that doesn't have talker's elbow because I have to call everyone I know to tell them about the last Matlock or rerun of a 1969 football game or (Heaven forbid) an episode of “Twilight”

Are you declaring that frequent mobile phone users, many of them young persons, would be watching or have any interest in Matlock, a program that went off the air in 1995 and starred then-70 year old Andy Griffith?

Are you declaring that frequent mobile phone users, many of them young persons born in 1990 or later, would have any interest in a football game from 1969?

Are you declaring that 'Twilight' is episodic television? It is, in fact, a series of big-screen films.

It seems you may not have a landline after all. You appear to have a telegraph.

39 posted on 12/30/2011 4:40:48 PM PST by relictele (Green energy is neither)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
Thanks, but I want the hundreds of hours I spent on getting $235 credit. That was time off my life that could have been better spent by me for things I wanted to do... for me.
Thanks anyway 1_Rain_Drop...
40 posted on 12/31/2011 1:33:28 AM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: relictele
Old-timers have cell phones too.

Twilight is just more vampires. The topic has been overdone in the last few years.

They'll never top Nosferatu.

Talkies are a passing fad....

41 posted on 01/19/2012 3:44:19 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: relictele
Old-timers have cell phones too.

Twilight is just more vampires. The topic has been overdone in the last few years.

They'll never top Nosferatu.

Talkies are a passing fad....

42 posted on 01/19/2012 3:44:31 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Lmo56

I pay most of my bills through my banks electronic check service. It’s free.


43 posted on 01/19/2012 3:51:03 PM PST by Fledermaus (I can't fiddle so I'll just open a cold beer as I watch America burn.)
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