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Verizon Plans to Discontinue 1-year Contracts Effective April 17

The bad news seems to be pouring in from all angles these days, doesn’t it?  According to the above document, Verizon will remove the option for customers to sign 1-year contracts effective April 17th.  Why on Earth would they do such a thing?  Well, because very few customers seem to ever choose 1-year deals, but more importantly, this will “streamline” the contract process and help reduce customer confusion.

It’s always nice of Verizon to help us decide what we want by removing choices.  Like when they eliminated 1-year upgrades and the NE2 program, cut out rebates, and tightened up warranty replacement rules, they were surely thinking of us, right?  My life feels super streamlined these days; thank you Big Red.

This will not affect those that are currently on a 1-year contract until their contract runs out.  From there, you will have the choice of a 2-year contract or a month-to-month.

Sound off!

Via:  Gadget U

  • Just lost the option for a 1-year contract upgrade.

  • Verizon Customer

    I think Verizon started early. I just tried to upgrade and the one-year option is gone. SMH….

  • pickle3782

    could i buy a new phone 1 year contract on the 16th, then when the incredible 2 comes out on the 21st, return it and get that, and still be on my 1 year contract?

  • Jay

    Is it just me, or is Verizon the new AT&T?! I remember when Verizon bent over backwards for you.. Now it seems I cant bend over cause they’ll stick it up my you know what! I’ve been a Verizon customer for many years now, left AT&T… But if they keep this up I might just move back to AT&T… ok maybe not but you know what I mean. Verizon stop being a bunch of greedy bastards and show us the love again!

  • il_sole_leone

    well I personally was planning to go to a 1-year contract in September but know I guess I have to hold onto my OG Droid until January and switch to another carrier. Damn shame since I have been a Verizon customer since before the merger.

  • Heathcliff

    I bought two Thunderbolts in the last week, to take advantage of a) the end of 1-year contracts; b) to ensure that the 4G unlimited data plan would be grandfathered in, when THAT is removed.

  • Filmillinois

    After my current 1 year Verizon contract is done I will now be porting out to AT&TMobile. I just don’t do two year contracts any longer. Verizon just shot themselves in the foot im afraid.

  • Dear Verizon: If you want to streamline your process and eliminate confusion, don’t take away 1-year contracts… make a 1-year contract TWELVE months, and a two-year contract TWENTY-FOUR months – not ten and twenty, respectively.

  • Michael

    Hmm, if they keep this up and AT&T buys T-Mobile, I might seriously consider switching over to AT&T!!!!

  • for those who are like me and are angry enough to voice you opinion to verizon here is the number to the executive office 1-212-395-1000. I have already emailed EVERY executive that is listed in the corporate contact us page and have recieved 2 emails regarding the emails i have sent request a contact number in order to solve the issue. I suggest if you are truely upset about this lack of customer care as i am then email, call do something. WE WILL NOT GO UNHEARD!!!!!
    so far 2 emails recieved return email are
    western area sales executive: [email protected]
    CEO Dan Mead: [email protected]

  • My theory is that now that high end devices have been out awhile you can get cheap high-end devices on ebay or craigslist. Verizon wants to try to cut down on the secondary market for handsets by eliminating the ability to switch phones every year. They can keep inflating the price for phones, cut down on the number of handsets for sale on the secondary market and remain more profitable by locking people into longer term contracts.

  • Mike T

    First they started requiring data plans for all smartphones, and I didn’t speak out as I had a Blackberry.
    Then they doubled their early termination fee, and I didn’t speak out because I’ve never terminated a contract.
    Then they did away with NE2, and I didn’t speak out because my last phone was purchased used off Craigslist.
    Then they foreshadowed the end of unlimited data plans, and I didn’t speak out because I don’t use a lot of data.
    Then they did away with the one year contracts, and there was nothing left for me to be optimistic about…

  • Anonymous

    I’m done with VZW bs from now on I’m going month to month as long as they keep changing their policies I’ll never sign another contract with them!

  • Robvanwinkle

    Verizon Go F Yourself!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is too bad I’ve been with VZW for many a moon now,and it is unfortunate that I will be forced to goto Spring to get an upgrade every year…At least I can get an Evo 3D… 🙂

  • nikon d300

    Do you guys expect to buy a new computer every year?

  • nikon d300

    Do you guys expect to buy a new computer every year?

  • Anonymous

    $$$$$$$
    Just curious, when will Verizon bring in the 10 years contract? Lol

  • Maybe it is time to switch to T-Mobile? If thats the case, I really hope the deal with AT&T falls apart.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon you suck BIG TIME!!!

    F-U!!!!!!

  • Freygrimrod

    Well the EVO2 looks better every day…

  • Two years is a long, long time. Unfortunately the manufacturer price for a handset is set based on a pricing model that assumes carrier subsidies, and the carrier prices are set based on pricing that assumes subsidies are included. Do away with the subsidies so I can pay less for my handset, less for my service, and not be tethered to a multi-year contract.

  • Trophynuts

    this is a good reason to just save my money up and buy at full retail.

  • Vzw: go f yourselves.

    I will no longer purchase any contracts through you… month to month only.

  • Anonymous

    I knew this was coming soon, but hoped they’d hold off until after the t-mobile merger…

    The reason they don’t sell a lot of 1-yr contracts is that it isn’t intuitively the best choice for newcomers. They see the larger discount for the 2-yr contract and go with the cheapest option. They usually don’t consider whether or not the phone will last 2 years because let’s be honest, you had to literally break a flip phone in half to make it unusable. A smartphone breaks a lot easier and becomes out-dated within a year.

    The month-to-month option is just too risky to me. If I want to leave, I’ll have to buy another phone. If I could take my DX to Sprint or AT&T (blasphemy, I know) then it wouldn’t be so much of a problem but if you hypothetically bought it w/o the discount (mo 2 mo) then there’d be a disincentive to switch carriers b/c you’d be spending even more to buy yet another phone.

    Lose-Lose situation as I see it. Oh wait, Verizon wins big on this one.

  • Anonymous

    Boost is looking better and better…

  • Anonymous

    This sucks cause im pretty sure 1year contracts would have been next and from now on for most of us.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… and we REALLY want AT&T to buy T-Mobile? Less choice, higher prices, and more restrictions. NO WAY. Call or email the FCC. Eff you Verizon. I guess I will buy my phones at full price now. Two years is TOO LONG!

  • Kuba1313

    maybe next you’ll get 3 year contracts like Canada

    hee hee

  • Anonymous

    I am rather ambivalent about this. I will always have a cellular phone and I normally keep a model two years or more. I LOVE my DX and I’ll drive it another year no problem. I’ve never signed a one-year contract. If I ABSOLUTELY need to have a new toy, I’ll ante up the $$$ to purchase it outright. I love Verizon service. If they piss me off (like several other carriers have) I’ll fork over the early termination fee and move on. This is really not a big deal to me.

  • Anonymous

    I am rather ambivalent about this. I will always have a cellular phone and I normally keep a model two years or more. I LOVE my DX and I’ll drive it another year no problem. I’ve never signed a one-year contract. If I ABSOLUTELY need to have a new toy, I’ll ante up the $$$ to purchase it outright. I love Verizon service. If they piss me off (like several other carriers have) I’ll fork over the early termination fee and move on. This is really not a big deal to me.

  • Inavernus

    How many of you bought a TBolt at 1yr pricing? A Xoom at 1yr? Just curious. Why when listing prices on this page,do they always say “xxxx” available at 2 yr pricing on “xxxx” date? Because it is an extreme rarity that customers choose 1 yr pricing and everyone knows they want the phone for the cheapest amount possible. I understand losing an option, but 95% of wireless consumers dont even realize they have that 1yr option. People only get in an uproar when something is taken away from them,and its even more ironic that they didnt know it was available in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      I got the TBolt on one year for $220 – I figure if I don’t like it anymore in Dec/Jan I can then change. But so far it has proven to be an awesome phone/upgrade. Also, I got my original Droid on 1 year plan back in 2009.

  • Anonymous

    That sucks, both my original Droid and TBolt were one year deals – I figure I will be able to change in December if I want to which is why I go with the one year deal. Well, the TBolt has turned out to be an amazing upgrade for me and I really see it as lasting me a very long time – phone rocks!

  • Anonymous

    The only silver lining is that Verizon has not come out with any significant new phones since last July/August with the DX. 4G is a big scam. Even if you can get 4G the battery drains so fast the phone has to be constantly plugged in. Otherwise, I still see no reason to upgrade my DX in the next 6 months.

  • Thank god I just signed a 1 year with the thunderbolt cause after that verizon can kiss my A$%, my fiance and I are peacing out ,probably to Sprint. Verizon thank you for being the phone nazi once again 🙂

  • Jawshua

    Haha people have to argue. As of know there are like two comments, and one of them has 49 replies, of course the one about Apple versus Android. Damn that’s sad….

    I just wouldn’t have the energy nor the remote want to beat an issue to death that accomplishes nothing except taking out your life frustrations anonymously. I don’t even have to look at those replies to know it’s just more of the same “hey my dick is bigger”..” no! My dick is bigger!”

    But yeah, it makes me sick with how much they keep taking away. It sure would be nice if the majority were well informed like most people on here. Then they could voice their distaste about all the recent cuts that Verizon has stupidly made, and hurt them where it counts, their bulging wallet.

  • Ron Paul 2012

    It’s like BAIT AND SWITCH.

  • Considering this, any chance the Droid Charge comes out next Thursday? I’m really tempted to jump on a Thunderbolt for 1 year at $229 before this goes into affect.

  • Anonymous

    OMG…thank you VZW. I was SO confused!!! Now it’s all simplified for me. I should drop the pants now then??

  • drinksprite

    wtf! i didn’t know they had 1 year contracts!!! gahhh

  • Wow Verizon…I am glad I got my one-year contract for the Thunderbolt right before this happened. In July 2012, you better rethink your business strategy or else I am out.

  • RedValley

    the average users dont even know that they have 1 year contracts so really its only a small portion of ppl who are going to be tripping about this. oh well i am good with a 2 year plan i dont mined a phone is just q phone right? be sieds i bet this is just temperearly just like the date fee for feature phones they had a whiel back and the $15 data plan they had for smartphones. lawl

  • Larry

    If they are going to do this, they might as well go all the way. Since we’re getting no New every Two, No One Year Contracts, No rebates, why don’t we get rid of 2 year contracts as well, and let us buy our phones at full price. However, since we will be paying full price, Verizon, get your slimy hands off of our devices and don’t even think of adding any “recommended, useful” apps we may want. Oh, and also, tell the manufacturers to get rid of their God awful skins, be they MotoBlur, Sennse UI, Touchwiz, or Crap on a stick and instead, since we are paying for our devices at the full price, give us Stock Android!

    While you are at it, and since we are paying full price, you also need to stop charging us for an unlimited data plan, and $20 for tethering per month, because we are using the same F’ing data we are paying for, only we are using a built in feature of our stock UI android devices, so yeah, don’t even think about adding that crap you call VZW tethering app, to our devices, or that equally horrid VZW Navigator. If you want us to carry them, how about you either pay us for helping you advertise them on our devices, or make them free on the market and see how it goes. While we’re at, we also don’t need a phone line and a data line, we only need smartphones with VOIP. Do all this, and we’ll meet you half way and accept your new choices.

    kthxbye

  • Anonymous

    I’m switching to Sprint when my contract runs out. They’ll have LTE by then as well, so no loss for me.

    • Exactly my thought, first by getting rid of the new every two and now by nixing the one year contract, Sprint is looking more and more like my next carrier

  • Jcampbell474

    Why does everyone think that this has anything to do with Apple!? Verizon carries many more phones than the iPhone. The language of business is dollars and cents. They make more money from monthly voice/data plans than they do selling handsets. They want to lock everyone into two years of more profit. Plain and simple.

    Next, if the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile goes through, VZW will no longer have the largest customer base…but locking in folks via 2yr contracts sure helps retention /churn.

    Lastly, they say that 1yr contracts are a small amount of their customer base. I believe it because of the 8yrs I’ve been with them, 6 of them I had to call customer service to get my contact corrected. I have only done 1yr contracts and the salesmen act like it is so rare, almost taboo. They push everyone into into 2yr contracts because their commission is better. In the early days they would sign you up on a 2yr knowing that you wanted a 1yr…just to get the commission.

    Overall, this is disappointing news. Great new phones come out every 4-6 months and they are taking our choices away. It’s actually a fundamental disregard of customer satisfaction. I’ve been with big red for 8yrs because of the network. But having to use a phone that’s a generation or two behind definitely makes the compromise of a few dropped calls appealing. Hey VZW, GOOGLE’s open stance has worked pretty good, wouldn’t ya say? Pay attention and stop being so greedy. Who is the 2nd best network? We can jump ship, boost their customer base/revenue, and watch VZW get swallowed up in a few years. Ahhh, that would be beautiful

    • Anonymous

      wtf? are you high? you would go to a 2 yr contract anyways because ATT DOES NOT HAVE 1 YR CONTRACTS either….shittier support, gsm calls are hacked easier, and plain and simple….tiered data so your technically paying more….so sure, you jump ship, ill but off contract on verizon.

  • Greg

    Gotta keep up with AT&T/Tmobile merger. Especially since nobody is really got their eyes set on Sprint..

  • They just wanted to save ink on all the price tags.

  • GB_Texas

    VZW is starting to look like AT&T now… cant find a difference in them anymore… so the only thing for Verizon now is what ? coverage ??? Dependable connections ??? pfftt… again, they are like AT&T… some how that unlimited Sprint Plan is getting better and better looking all the time…

  • GB_Texas

    VZW is starting to look like AT&T now… cant find a difference in them anymore… so the only thing for Verizon now is what ? coverage ??? Dependable connections ??? pfftt… again, they are like AT&T… some how that unlimited Sprint Plan is getting better and better looking all the time…

  • Kierra

    Verizon doesnt give a goddamn anymore. They see us suckers still paying .*Shaking my fists at big business

  • Anonymous

    While this no doubt sucks, the fact is there is a shade of truth here; far more people sign 2yr vs 1yr. Tech crowd here is only a sliver of the 90 million customers they have. That’s not a reason to do away with it, but it is true…

    For all of you claiming to be running to Sprint, good luck to you. WiMax is a joke. I’m sure you’ll be back.

    • Yes, wimax is a joke, but they are already upgrading to lte and by this time next year, when my contract is up, I’m going to sprint

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but you can’t beat my no-contract plan on Virgin Mobile for 25 bucks a month. “Unlimited” data and texts, and 300 minutes… Now if only they’d get some better phones than this LG Optimus V…

  • Mpstar32

    VZW, you’re breaking my heart here. How much more do you expect us to take? Anyone here have an idea as to how we can somehow protest all these restrictions? Can we use DL to fight this? Can we formulate a petition or something here? I’m not saying that it will change things, but at the least our utmost discontent will be heard. What do you guys think? Kellex?

    • Rousellbrandon

      Discontinue VZW….

    • DBK

      I think at this point nothing short of a class action lawsuit would change anything. But with so little to really base it on, it would be easier to unlock the Droid X……

  • Bigwayne325i

    While the move to sprint may seem like it would scare Big Red into backing down, the truth is that most people just want a phone and don’t really want to hassle with switching carriers. For the tech junkies like us who desire new tech on a regular schedule it hurts. For the rest it wont really matter. And who is to say that the currently “open” carriers wont follow suit. We only have so many options. What happens when there is nowhere else to turn?

    • Bigwayne325i

      What i meant to say was that i don’t think that the majority of people will run away on this one. Big Red won’t see the hit we expect them too from a mass migration of unhappy people.

    • Anonymous

      pretty much said again…yah….only what are all the blogs….together…engadget, droid life, android central, phone arena,…couple others maybe, 20 thousand people….thats what i pretty much think…i see a couple thousand here and there so….not much affect….and many still get 2 year or buy off contract like i do….
      just a question…doesn’t att not have 1 year plans also?

      • DBK

        That’s why most are planning on jumping to Sprint.

        That’s what I’ve been saying. We are too small a community to matter to Verizon. If we all jumped ship now, they would loose around 30,000 customers, max. A number they could easily make up by the end of spring (and most would be regular customers).

    • Anonymous

      At that point, the anti-trust laws start kicking in. There will always be a carrier that will compete by doing things different than the others. If they all start operating in lock-step, that’s a sign something illegal is happening.

  • If they keep this up, I’ll be looking at Sprint when my contract expires.

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? I might want to have sprint now

  • Anonymous

    This a complete and utter FAIL in ever sense of the word. If this is true, FU Verizon.

  • Rizzidy

    WTF

  • Looks like somebody needs to start another petition…I love vzw but idno might have to move on these corps are becoming way too powerful

  • Hypcrsy

    If anyone here actually read the details, people with an ECPD account with major accounts, national accounts, or small/med business will still qualify. That accounts for about 90% of my customers in my location…check the details.

    • DBK

      Unfortunately, that accounts for about 10-15% of this community and probably around 30% of the total 1 year contract adopters. That particular detail is more like salt on the wound.

    • Anonymous

      Can you translate that for a guy who doesn’t understand a word you just said?
      I’m just a normal family plan, am I one of those people?

      • DBK

        Basically, if you have a business account, your not affected by this.

        • Hypcrsy

          Sorry sir that is incorrect. Business owners are not the only ones with an ECPD on their profile. Essentially if you work for any large organization/government that has a major acct with verizon you’ll be fine. And for the vast majority of people I work with, they have an ECPD on the acct. Think about it, GE, Travelers, Aetna, Target, Home Depot, Stop and Shop, any of these things are covered by this clause. Again, check details please before there’s a forum mob with pitchforks and torches ready to burn buildings. The effect this will really have on will not be as big as this website and these users are making it out to be. And honestly, how man people here that are complaining about the dismissal of the one year contracts actually take advantage of them??

          • DBK

            First part: That is what I meant.

            Second part: How about you take your advise and read the comment I made below this one.

            Third part: I would say of those complaining about it, about 70% use it, and a majority of the rest planned on using it.

            It’s a big deal for this community, which is why the article was posted in the first place. I tend to agree with the complainers (even though I am content with my 2 years). It’s is a dumb move by Verizon. If they had advertised it more and not ignored it, more people would have used it. They shouldn’t be punishing us for something they’re at fault for.

  • Anonymous

    Come on guys, think of the positive side. At least Verizon’s new logo will be a RED apple.

  • Anonymous

    Petition time? This is Brilliant! I think VZ is just trying to trim off the fat. By fat, of course I mean the customer.

  • Bigsike

    And we were all foolish enough to believe that all these changes wouldn’t be coming once Verizon sold their soul to the devil and got in bed with Apple :/

  • Anonymous

    its funny.. everyone on here is whining and threatening, but it is easy to threaten if you’ve always had VZW and haven’t experienced the fact there is no semi-close cellular alternative in terms of call quality and coverage.. I’ve been spoiled with VZW my entire cellular phone life, when I got my work ATT iphone back in november, I was reintroduced to the idea that cell phones are exactly that, phones that rely on signals from the sky, and garbled calls, dropped calls, and no coverage errors still happen everyday to millions of people

    • Depends on your area. I’ve only had Verizon for 4 years and its not that much better than the competition in Denver. I just liked the Verizon phones more lol. Now that every major carrier has nice Android phones, its gonna come down to customer service, at least for me.

  • Verizon has b*lls. They don’t care about giving their customers a middle finger. They should change their slogan to “You’ll still buy from us anyway.” {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    Oh yah, so this also means your releasing the thunderbolt 3d with a kickstand this summer right? lol
    well, im happy with my tbolt, so nothing to complain about till the summer…

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm wtf vzw?….still my favorite but why are you “clamming” lol down on us? really? though true…i don’t even know anyone on a 1 year contract but…

  • Creediddy

    I am so glad that I signed a 1-yr on my TB. This is sad news.

    Now you guys are blaming the wrong people in Verizon. Blame eBay and Craigslist and the entire smartphone market value. This is the reason why the 1-yr is leaving. If you can buy a brand new iPhone or HTC TB and sell for more than retail and buy another phone online and add to your 1 or 2 year contract, companies such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile want you to buy their retail priced phones and not on eBay or Craigslist. So they want a piece of the month-to-month retail business or keep you committed to a 2-year contract.

    In actuality buying a phone retail gives the consumer choice and flexibility to leave their carriers over a 2-year or 1-year contract.f

    Cree

  • Anonymous

    Way to treat your long term customers. No savvy customer is going to be stuck w/a phone nowadays for 2 years w/no hope of an upgrade discount. I’ve been w/VZW for over 8 years (5 lines, 2 are smartphones). I’ll certainly be considering Sprint when my contract is up late this summer. Verizon made their bed w/Apple; they can go sleep in it.

  • This is such horesh*t.

  • Anonymous

    i need more info on the droid 3 or the merge or a keyboarded 4G phone…only way i will stay…gotdamnit verizon….

  • T3knoman

    I have been a Verizon customer for 10 years and i did the 1 year extension every year, sure i paid an extra 50 to 100 dollars more then a 2 year contract but that meant every year i get a brand new phone.
    I can not believe they are doing this.
    I am not sure what to do?
    I am pissed because i know i am not going to cancel, i am just gonna keep bending over and keep taking it, and asking Verizon for breakfast in the morning.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed, I was in my old store (used to work for an authorized retailer) today when the vzw rep was there explaining this. Thought about jumping on my upgrade right then.

  • Anonymous

    I’m gone

  • BigDaddyEllison

    “Hello, Sprint? Yes, I wanted to introduce you to a new customer. Me”

  • Anonymous

    so wait if you have discount through your job this doesn’t matter?

    • Jonathan Struble

      No, if you own a business account, youre not affected. customers with employee discounts (ELEU customers) ARE affected

      • Anonymous

        damnit…. this sucks

  • Rickerbilly

    Hello Sprint, nice to meet you.

  • Longhairbilly

    I’ve been with Verizon at least 15 years, but this is the last straw. I only get one year contracts for as long as I can remember. Two years is just too long to keep a phone. Thanks for the memories.

  • Longhairbilly

    I’ve been with Verizon at least 15 years, but this is the last straw. I only get one year contracts for as long as I can remember. Two years is just too long to keep a phone. Thanks for the memories.

  • Alphabets13

    well my plan to just do yearly contracts from now on and pay a bit more up front just so i can get a new phone every year is certainly busted now!!! and there is your real reason as to why verizon is no longer offerring 1 year contracts. i just cant understand why they are so stingy with their phones????

  • Alphabets13

    well my plan to just do yearly contracts from now on and pay a bit more up front just so i can get a new phone every year is certainly busted now!!! and there is your real reason as to why verizon is no longer offerring 1 year contracts. i just cant understand why they are so stingy with their phones????

  • Mike

    Hope 4g competition ramps up soon… because thats where im heading.. the competition

  • Mike

    Hope 4g competition ramps up soon… because thats where im heading.. the competition

  • soon 2 b X vzw

    Hate U Vzw

  • soon 2 b X vzw

    Hate U Vzw

  • This is seriously Bulls*it. I worked for VZW for 6 years and left last July for all the internal policy changes and just overall the bullsh*it. This is ridiculous because in my area it is stupid not to have Verizon. I was looking forward to the Bionic coming soon this year and doing a one year contract just like I did when I was an employee, but after this notice I am strongly considering porting out!! I put up with all the other changes but honestly FU VZW!!!!!

  • This is seriously Bulls*it. I worked for VZW for 6 years and left last July for all the internal policy changes and just overall the bullsh*it. This is ridiculous because in my area it is stupid not to have Verizon. I was looking forward to the Bionic coming soon this year and doing a one year contract just like I did when I was an employee, but after this notice I am strongly considering porting out!! I put up with all the other changes but honestly FU VZW!!!!!

    • I’m with ya. I never seriously considered leaving Verizon until this. It seems like there is no end to the bad news…
      I hope the new EVO is awesome! Because I may end up at Sprint.

      Anyone know the requirements to be considered a small business? Apparently they still get 1 year contracts.

  • It looks like people with corporate discounts can still get the 1 year contract. Correct me if I’m wrong isn’t that essentially what ECPD Profile is?

  • AMTrombley89

    This Blows! I wanted an Inc 2 on a 1yr contact! Now I just hopes it comes out before then. But the road map says it’s not out till the 28th! GAH! Damn you VZW!

  • Bigsike

    Well Boost Mobile just got on the Android bandwagon with No contracts!….They are not just calling my name they are screaming it!
    http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/boost-mobile-hopes-to-prevail-with-android-2011047/

  • Tncowman

    When my current contract is up in January, I will be looking very hard at Cellular South. I have loved the 1 year upgrades. Now, that is gone. Thanks for 15 great years, VZW, but I am filing for divorce!

  • Anonymous

    I think I may have to go to another carrier once my contract is up.

  • Anonymous

    I think I may have to go to another carrier once my contract is up.

  • Bigwayne325i

    This news is frustrating for the principle alone. The only thing they have left good for us is the phone service they provide. I have most of a two year contract left and hopefully they will still honor my last annual upgrade. That said, this news also affects me minimally. I do like having new phones regularly, but honestly the phones we have now are well suited to make a 20 month run in my opinion. While we may not have the latest and greatest we do have quality equipment with update capability (though sometimes sketchy in terms of scheduling).

  • Stephen D

    F’ing stupid. This July when my current contract is up, I was gonna switch to a one year since I can’t hold on to the same phone for two years. VZ is starting to absolutely blow.

  • Anonymous

    This is totally f’d up. Who in their right mind wants the same outdated phone for 2 years…or better yet, fork out retail for a new phone. I have had one year contracts for the last 10 years.
    What really pisses me off is the statement that most of their customers do not go for the 1 year contract….bullshit. What a bunch of corporate crap. Nice way to cram everyone into a 2 year contract. You suck Verizon. I am a small business owner and we have 2 separate plans on Verizon. Each bill is almost $300 monthly. I am going shopping for a new carrier….FU Verizon!!!

  • K6tcher

    Listen people. I have had VW since 2001. Apple has nothing to do with this.

    …. Verizon has ALWAYS been a dick!

    I will be switching to AT&T.

    Hello Atrix… or Win7 Phone.

    • Gee

      Listen Up K6tcher. The Iphone has everything to do with this. The Iphone is why the annual upgrade went away, the NE2 credit and now the one year. Its all steve jobs and has band of zealots, he refuses to let us control the prices, and we take a HUGE loss and time we have to sell that thing on a one year.

      And before you argue, I work for the big red V and have seen the memos.

      Also enjoy at&t (lol) and thier S*ity overpriced network

      Oh and by the way they are also doing away with 1 year contracts

      • K6tcher

        Listen Up Geeeeee… You see… it is either VW or ATT where I reside. Now that VW has decided to [email protected] my a$$… I’d rather give that dough to ATT. So you see, my choice is to give my monie$ to ATT and not VW.

        And no…. it is not Apple. The data changes with “media enhanced” phones began in 2009. Way before Apple was a seed in VW’s eye.

        They are greedy bastards. If you wish to believe Apple has everything to do with it, then please do. I have felt my arse get larger and larger every year while with VW… way before the iPhone.

        I think I may even go with a dumbphone this time around *gasp*.
        …or back to a landline. *double gasp*

        • Gee

          Your right i haven’t gone through the training i haven’t seen the paper work i don’t know anything about the company i work for. And as for the “Media Enhanced” phones the 9.99 data package was dropped middle of 2010, and was only in place to try to convince people to go to the 29.99 data.

          And if you think your taking it up the a$$ now got wait till your paying the same or even more to get less.

  • Anonymous

    Damnit!!!!!!! This angers me so!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a travesty! Of course DL didn’t mention that those of us with corporate discounts are unlikely to be effected, which is fine with me, since I just bought my TB for $219 or 229 on a 1 year contract (can’t remember which).

  • Hmmm I think this is the last straw. Time for me to go to Sprint. VZ has my service for another 6 months then I’m out. Only way I will continue is with VZ is if I can afford an off contract phone. Thanks VZ really lovin ruling the air…and be ruled over.

  • COnley

    I’m okay with this…if it lets buying full retail reduce the montly cost.

    Like that would ever happen though.

  • Anonymous

    Why couldn’t this come after the BIONIC?? All I do is 1yr Contracts

    • Anonymous

      Because verizon doesnt care anymore they are on Job’s D*** what a shame.

  • Anonymous

    I think since they are getting rid of the 1 year contract they should allow you to upgrade every year then. I mean come on verizon this shit is getting old fast. Your service isnt that good I will leave if this continues as soon as my contract is over in July.

  • Anonymous

    Of course no one got 1 year contracts, when you could do annual upgrade on a 2 year contract. I am a Verizon fanboy, but this is getting ridiculous. Full retail prices on phones better come down real f’n fast.

    • Anonymous

      I was only going to do 1yr from here on out b/c I can’t stand being on a 2yr anymore and I’ve missed out on so many good phones.

      • Anonymous

        Same, after they discontinued annual upgrade, I had every intention of doing 1 year agreements from here on out. Looks like now I’m just going to schedule an annual call to retentions, and threaten to leave.

        Watch, i’ll get my annual upgrade. Just like when I convinced them to let me upgrade after 8 months on my 2 year contract last time.

    • Loveofilm

      Retail is controlled by the Manufacture not the carrier, unless they want to lose even more money that is. So with Companies like A**ple and HTC out there charging their carrier fees, don’t bet on it.

    • Loveofilm

      Retail is controlled by the Manufacture not the carrier, unless they want to lose even more money that is. So with Companies like A**ple and HTC out there charging their carrier fees, don’t bet on it.

  • Anonymous

    Time to buy an OG Droid off Amazon or Ebay & say MotherF the police. The police being VZW not real police, thats just wrong.

  • Emeraldjun

    This makes me wish I had some monthly income to pay for my own phone bills….

  • If that does end up being the case, I think I’m going to give Sprint a try. My contract is up in September. After doing the 2 years contract on my G1 and then paying too much to get out of it to go to the Droid, I vowed to only do 1 year contract from now on.

  • we need to do something about this… seems like every week they do something else to benefit themselves and not us the customers WTF.

  • Anonymous

    To be completely honest, this really doesn’t affect me that much but I think it sucks for those that it does. I was pretty happy to get my wife locked into our 2 yr contract which extended my previous contract. I use an old Alltel plan that was grandfathered in for the past several years. I stagger the upgrade dates to keep the plan rolling since they no longer offer it. $49.99 for 500 min, unlimited m2m, text, and data for the first line + (10 or 12 circle numbers or whatever). Second line is free + data plan, third line is $15 for an old flip phone. (backup for my bricking times) For a Droid X, Thunderbolt, and new “free fliphone” with all the goodies = 125$/mo with taxes.

    I know a lot of you are different in your plans, but this is working for me for now. At least if you re-up now, you can keep unlimted 4G for another 2.

  • Loveofilm

    So disappointed this has been leaked. Yes this is all because of the i*hone.
    The A**le doesn’t allow discounts on their products aside from what they set = NE2 terminated. A**le charges an outrageous carrier premium = Tiered Data. A**le charges outrageous fees for even refurbish i*hones = High than average insurance premium and deductibles. A**le doesn’t allow for 1 Year contracts = No 1 Year for anyone. Hale Hitler.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon just keeps getting worse and worse. Next they are going to eliminate unlimited data and then make you just pay full retail everytime

  • Anonymous

    if the droid 3 isn’t under 600 bucks… i’m going to sprint… if i have to sign a 2 yr contract i’m goin someplace i can save some money and get my monies worth….i’d risk going back to tmo but once at&t takes over my phone will become obsolete… question is this enough to cancel the ETF and leave once this becomes official?

    • Anonymous

      Nope. If you are in a 1 yr plan, nothing changes. You finish your plan and then choose which way to go. As for your phone with Tmo and At&T, again, nope. As a former Alltel guy, they offered to let me keep my current phone and use it until contract expiration -or- get a new VZW phone and add another 2 to my contract. As luck would have it, I did neither due to a problem with my phone. Wound up with a new phone without a new contract. When my Alltel phone broke, they didn’t offer/have an Alltel phone to replace it with, they had to give me a VWZ phone.

      • Anonymous

        I’m on a two year that ends in Nov with a remaining NE2 in July…this screws my plans up, upgrade to a 3G device for a year, monitor the LTE developments and if good sign up with an LTE device in 2012…..not cool verizon….

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I’ve always been (and still am) happy with my service using VZW. However, they’re making it harder and harder for me to recommend them to anyone else! They’re also making it increasingly entising to start cross-shopping another carrier. Too bad no other carrier has as good a network or phones!
    I had already made up my mind that I would never sign another two-year contract again since I can’t get my one year upgrade any longer. Now, that won’t even be an option.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, guys, let’s not lump it all in with the bad news. I think we can all agree that the rebate removal is fine, since they just lowered the prices of everything.

    • Anonymous

      they didnt lower the prices of anything.

  • Johnzenobia

    GREED GREED GREEDY ASSHOLES!

  • 11knives

    I think it’s kinda funny how all of you get so mad at Verizon for the way they screw with you. Try working for them, watch how that feeling multiples. They honestly could not give a shit how you feel about the policies they implement.

  • Boblank84

    moving to sprint for sure…i refuse to support a company any longer that treats their customers with such disrespect. They have taken away everything that made them better than the rest (expect for there great network, that i will miss).

  • BTGGTR1

    This is total bullshit. Why is verizon doing this to all their customers they’ve had for years? I just may go to Sprint next year. I’m not liking all the policy changes as of late. It’s riduculous.

  • BTGGTR1

    This is total bullshit. Why is verizon doing this to all their customers they’ve had for years? I just may go to Sprint next year. I’m not liking all the policy changes as of late. It’s riduculous.

  • BTGGTR1

    This is total bullshit. Why is verizon doing this to all their customers they’ve had for years? I just may go to Sprint next year. I’m not liking all the policy changes as of late. It’s riduculous.

  • Mr.Joe

    Wait what?

  • Mr.Joe

    Wait what?

  • Mr.Joe

    Wait what?

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Sob157

    A 3 yr deal would be the worst option ever considering that theyre churning out new hardware faster than any other tech market. Im waiting for a little guy in the wireless business to crop up and get behind david fighting the two goliaths.

  • Guest

    This is ridiculous. We all need to start complaining and may vzw will get it. So after removing 1-year upgrades, leaving early adopters like us the one year contract as the only option, they take this away… You will be one short a customer come the end of my contract.

    • We’re a minority, complaining won’t do anything to change what’s already been set in motion.

      • While that might be true, it’s that same “I can’t make a difference” attitude that let’s companies and governments walk all over the very people that put them in power.

  • They’re doing this because they know they can get away with it. Sprint isn’t a viable alternative carrier in terms of 3G or 4G and now that T-Mobile is essentially AT&T or soon to be that isn’t an option either. So while we’re stuck complaining they’r laughing knowing we can’t do anything to subvert their sales numbers.

  • They’re doing this because they know they can get away with it. Sprint isn’t a viable alternative carrier in terms of 3G or 4G and now that T-Mobile is essentially AT&T or soon to be that isn’t an option either. So while we’re stuck complaining they’r laughing knowing we can’t do anything to subvert their sales numbers.

  • Jroc869

    already jumped to sprint

    • Jroc869

      i just hope the rumors of the atrix coming to sprint are true, so i can finally be back with my first love moto. I can not stand htc

    • Anonymous

      How has your service been? I had Sprint 10 years ago and constantly battled lost signals. With this news, I think I’m heading back.

      • Jroc869

        im in the jacksonville fl area and havent dropped a single call in a month. 3g coverage is decent but 4g is still kinda lacking. as long as there phone lineup improves ill be really happy.

      • Ron Paul 2012

        I’ve been with Sprint since 2002 best service with googd price plan. San Diego.

  • Hotguy_e

    Damn. Done with verizon in july been with them for what 9 years. F U Verizon Hello SPRINT

  • DAN

    A two year contract isn’t bad at all lol why all the complaining?

    • Mr.Joe

      They’re mad cause they can’t settle down.

      People here have commitment issues MAJOR!

    • Verizon Customer

      People are complaining b/c they like choices and those choices are being taken away from them.

  • Mike

    This is what sucks about Verizon. They make changes like this to piss you off but where else will you go? They have the best network, period. The only carrier I’d consider switching to is Sprint.

  • Draconos

    ok thats it im heading back to sprint

  • Ron Paul 2012

    If you’re thinking of switching carrier go to Sprint. Don’t support AT&T.

  • thats why i had to switch to att, my pap didnt like all of the new changes =(
    but my inspire is pretty damn awesome

  • Dan

    Hello all the other carriers who are finally starting to get good phones. T-mobile would be a no-brainer for me given that they have better pricing than VZW at this point, but they are about to be eaten by ATT. :

  • AkumaX5

    Well that sucks and i might just get a thunderbolt now was going to wait for the bionic but i want at least one more one-year contract so i can upgrade beginning of next year.

  • Anonymous

    Shit.

  • Mike

    Damn next thing you know they be charging full retail as the on contract price. Wtf has happened to Verizon? Oh yeah that’s right they decided to bend over for Steve Jobs.

    • Nxus1ne

      do you have any basis for your claims against steve jobs for causing these changes, or do you just like to b|tch like a little child on the internet?

      • Mike

        None of these changes happened before the iPhone did they? Its all to protect the profits of Apple.

    • Mr.Joe

      When the first iPhone came out people paid full retail for the device plus signed on for 2 years.

      • Hecky yeah people standing in line overnight to pay 700 dollars for a phone! this is why they know they can do what ever they want.

        Oh and they reason they are clamping down on rooting , Look at the onslaught of tablets that are about to hit the market. With a good number of android users rooting and using a service that they charge for (now.( even thou Ive been tethering since walkinghotspot on my palm treo pro ). Yes VZW and ATT have a lock on the market but according to the numbers (which I dont have and dont plan to have and could be totally wrong) they will lose a lot of money on potential service. Think about all those new tablets and all those new phones. wouldnt you clamp down if you could make more money???

  • Ha

    Sprint sounding better and better. In December Verizon can say bye bye to me.

  • Anonymous

    Dear VZW,

    FU!

    Most Sincerely,
    Michael_NM

    • Anonymous

      Might as well add mine and 99.9% of DL Verizon customers to that letter of yours before sending it off 😉

      Seriously though, VZW, go f**k your contractual tyrant self.

    • Kevoskee

      I don’t think nobody deserve this. Why are we starting to get screwed over. It feels like I’m enslaved into a contract and the only way to get a new phone is to buy off contract. Now if you pick something, make sure it will last you two years even though it might be obsolete 6 months after

      • Anonymous

        Well Mr. Stash from VZW did say he was out to make money.

      • jason w.s.

        Ive actually learned, and found that the best route to go, if possible, is to get a family plan goin with all the family members you can. That way you can just trade around upgrades…its always worked out good for me.

      • Killershade

        I understand what you’re saying. Although my first Android phone was the OG Droid and has lasted me until last week when I picked up the thunderbolt. I think that this phone will last me until my next two year is up. I guess I can’t complain.

        • Jothen2002

          Im with you …still Rocking the OG Droid flashing new ROMS …Never board in an only 3G area. I’m loving Chevy;s SS 5.2

        • Jac

          You realize that the original droid came out in November of 09 right? If you had to satisfy a 2 year contract (since they already got rid of the 1 yr early upgrade) you would not be able to upgrade until July at the earliest? Thats still 3 mos away.

    • jason w.s.

      lol, Michael, i actually just read this one, and i gotta admit, i agree with you here buddy 😉

    • iPhone or Android we can all agree this sucks.

    • Nick

      Dear Michael_NM,

      I agree that it sucks, but it’s called a business, and they can do whatever they want to a service that THEY provide us. If you don’t like it, switch to another carrier. Maybe Cricket can stop you from complaining all the time.

      Most Sincerely,
      Person Who Has Gotten Over It

    • Ccmwizard

      The reason 1 year contracts weren’t in demand was that Verizon offered early upgrade options so you could get a new phone basically yearly. Since they had already axed the early upgrade I was planning on switching to one year contracts from now on…oops

  • this is bull! I was going to go the one year route when my contract is up this year. maybe ill just go to sprint

  • Trey

    The reason why people weren’t buying 1 yr before is because of the NE2 upgrade. I bet more people were buying them after that and you didn’t like it. Suck it Big Red!

    • Verizon Customer

      Exactly! I was planning on getting a 1 yr upgrade w/ the Incredible 2, but I doubt it comes out in time. I may just get the thunderbolt on the 1 yr contract.

  • Plzachar

    In my opinion, this is terrible for Verizon customers. More choices are preferred to less choices.

  • Damn it. I only get 1 year extensions. This will suck come January 2012.

  • W.T.F…

  • F@$#!!!!!! That goddamn iFone ruins EVERYTHING!!!

    • Anonymous

      It also causes cancer and is the sole cause of world hunger *rolls eyes*

    • angermeans

      I 100% guarentee that is why all of these changes have happened. Hey verizon get out of bed with apple. The last time I checked the thunderbolt was out selling the iphone and you have continued to grow without the help of it throufht the last four years. You need to reevaluate where your priorites need to be. YOU DONT NEED TO GO BY APPLES RULES THE ONLY REASON ATT DID IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TOO.YOU SHOUKD BE MAKING APPLE EAT OUT OF YOUR HANDS. DOMT REVERSE THE POWER YOU HAVE EARNED.

      • Anonymous

        Why would apple support 2 year contracts? They want you to buy a new iPhone every year. This is on Verizon.

        • Mr.Joe

          Think that through for a min kid.

          You buy an iPhone at the 2 year price of $199. Then when the next one comes out you pay full retail $500+ for it. But if you where to do a 1 year contract you could buy the iPhone cheaper.

          • Anonymous

            It doesn’t matter to Apple whether you buy it full retail or 2 year contracted. They get the same amount of money regardless.

          • Mr.Joe

            I’m sure Apple gets more money off it.

          • Anonymous

            Turns out, they don’t. They really don’t. They get paid either way. That’s why they agreed to subsidizing with the iPhone 3G, because AT&T was footing the bill.

          • Anonymous

            Think that through for a min kid.

            Apple gets the money either way. If you buy a phone cheaper on contract, the phone is subsidized. As in, Verizon pays for part of the cost. Apple doesn’t give a shit, they get all the money either way.

          • Mr.Joe

            My name isn’t Kid inquizitor.

            I think you’re just being rude on condescending. Maybe if you take a cold shower you’ll feel better.

          • Anonymous

            I was just copying what you said, buddy.

            I frankly thought you were being rude, condescending, and wrong. That combination justified my comment, at least to me. If you’re mad, deal with it.

            I’m also not really sure how a cold shower is a remedy for being rude. Or is supposed to be a punishment? Either way, no thank you.

          • Anonymous

            Hey now, VZW is the enemy here, not each other.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t see anyone as an enemy. Sure, they’re being a little more restrictive, but they have yet to do something to really mess with my routine. The New Every 2 was nice, but whatever. I don’t do 1 year contracts. I can see how people might be upset, but calling VZW the enemy is a bit strong. In this community, we can’t really afford to call everyone an enemy. Especially not carriers.

          • Anonymous

            Verizon is the enemy by locking down the phones, and now eliminating NE2 and then the 1 year contracts and most likely next unlimited data. Just because you don’t do 1 year contracts mean its right. They arent lowering prices or anything its all about making an extra buck.

          • Mr.Joe

            OMFG are we in 2005 now?

            How in gods name does vzw lock down their phones? Please chris125 tell me how they lock them more then Sprint, Tmobile, or AT&T does?

            Hmm? Does vzw have a custom android UI they put on all their phones like Sprint ID? Does vzw block sideloading apps like AT&T does?

            Please chris125 tell me how vzw locks all their phones?

          • Anonymous

            Joe, I think we have found some common ground here.

          • Mr.Joe

            I knew I liked you Inquizitor 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Uum lets see they tell the manufactures how to build the phones(specs, etc,) they also can tell the company if they want them to lock the bootloader, etc. Seeing how the tb was locked down more than any other HTC phone thats how so please do a little research before you try and come bitch about something. smh

          • Anonymous

            Uum lets see manufacturers design phones(specs, etc,) however the hell they want and then try to find a carrier that will carry the phone. They also are in charge of the software, and determine whether they want to lock it down or not. Which is why the manufacturers are the ones who have no unlocking/etc in their agreements, not the carriers. Seeing how the tb was barely locked down points towards a change in htc’s thinking rather than VZW’s. If the carriers tried telling a manufacturer what to do, the manufacturer would just go somewhere else. That’s why Apple chose AT&T over VZW originally.

          • Anonymous

            The tb was barely locked down? Do a search on the web and you will see it was far from barely locked down and look at the inc 2 is locked down also so I know what I’m talking about. Don’t try and spread false info.http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/18/htc-thunderbolt-takes-a-page-from-motos-playbook-bootloader-is-locked/
            Not locked down right? Please you do some research then come talk to me!

          • Mr.Joe

            I’m happy that you’re trying to act like me. Just please use your own stylz. It’s much more appeasing to Kellex.

          • Dude, the carriers also have input as to how locked down a phone is or isn’t.

          • Mr.Joe

            You my friend can have my Conch Shell. Call me whenever you need me!

          • Mr.Joe

            UM ALL carriers tell manufactures how to build phones released on their network. Some maybe more easier to work with (Sprint and vzw are supposedly hard to work with). But they ALL DO IT.

            Look up the G2 and the root issue from that. Last I heard G2 was Tmobile not vzw.

            OH and Samsung is going to lock all their bootloaders… HMMM I guess vzw told them to lock it for EVERY carrier. Cause you know vzw owns ALL the carriers.

            Don’t you dare tell me to look up my facts when you’re getting yours from stupid android fanboys who are blinded by what they read on blinded android fanblogs.

            Blind leading the funking blind I tell you.

            Go take a cold shower chris125 and come back when your pores are ALL CLOSED!

          • Anonymous

            ha maybe learn to spell Mr. Joe and wipe the tears from your face I mean why are you getting so mad over this? Because something was shown that it was locked down and you cant admit that? And other carriers can decide how they want their phones so just because verizon locks them down doesn’t mean others wont. Go hit the hay kid its past your bed time you seem to be a little cranky didn’t get your nap today did ya?

          • Mr.Joe

            As a matter of fact I didn’t.

            Chris125; I’m sure you are trying REALLY hard to please me cause I’m so important to DL. Everyone wants to be my BFFL.

            You know… I can be charitable. chris125 you can be my friend. Maybe then you’ll get some shit straight.

          • Anonymous

            I could give 2 shits if you are pleased you just can’t handle facts being presented but it is alright you are in denial nbd. =)

          • Rizzidy

            I just wanted to push the reply chain even farther to the right.

          • Mr. Joe

            EPIC!!!!!!!!

            4G!

          • Viivi137

            Wut?

          • Rizzidy

            Getting pretty squished……

          • Mr. Joe

            Let’s break it!

          • RedValley

            hi everyone 🙂 its 4 in the AM over here in the West Cost!

          • Anonymous

            I’m going to squish more words into the side of the page. This is AWESOME!

          • Mr.Joe

            I’m glad you can finally get some peace. One day I will give you my Conch Shell, and you can call me when you need me. Unfortunately I cannot give my Conch Shell to just anyone. It has to be earned not given.

            Luckily I can see you earning it in a week. =)

            ON a side note my Linux based laptop freaked out when I did a )

          • Wctaylor79

            Looks like we are going the other way now..

          • Mr.Joe

            Yeah! We lost the like/reply buttons.

            LET’S DESTROY THIS THING!

          • Anonymous

            ha maybe learn to spell Mr. Joe and wipe the tears from your face I mean why are you getting so mad over this? Because something was shown that it was locked down and you cant admit that? And other carriers can decide how they want their phones so just because verizon locks them down doesn’t mean others wont. Go hit the hay kid its past your bed time you seem to be a little cranky didn’t get your nap today did ya?

          • drinksprite

            i have a bellybutton

          • Mr.Joe

            KICK A$$!

          • Anonymous

            Ya I was mostly joking about that. They just seem to be fouling up my plans for upgrading. I was thinking 1 yr w/ the Droid 3. Was not going to do 2yr anymore. I guess they know that w/ these high end phones people might not be upgrading as much.

          • Mr.Joe

            OH GOD. No they aren’t. I’m so sick of people saying vzw/moto is the root of all evil (pun intended).

          • Anonymous

            They’re the evil of all rooting.

          • Vkrane

            i agree with ya verizon has done fu>ed up big time this just being my first phone from there

          • Mr.Joe

            I am not your buddy sir.

            Well, I’m not trying to be rude. I just don’t care. I don’t buy things @ 1 year contracts so I’m not affected. Though I guess I can to an extent see how people think vzw is raping them. I don’t know I just think they all need cold showers.

            Cold showers are good for a lot of reason:

            http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/04/4-reasons-why-you-need-to-take-cold-showers/

            Healthy hair is one of them. I think everyone here should have beautiful skin. Don’t you?

          • Anonymous

            Well pal, that’s cool. I guess I’m just so alpha I was born with beautiful elegant skin. I also don’t see how, if you don’t care about 1 year contracts, why you’re so mad at Apple and Verizon. Seems like you’re yelling for no darn reason.

          • Mr.Joe

            We are now buddies.

          • I think he called him kid because his name is kidtronic. The condescending may have only been perceived and not intentional. But anyway, this is BS. I’d rather them increase the cost of a 1-year contract then remove an option for customers. I always felt like Verizon had good options such as unlimited data and one year contracts, those options are diminishing and all of these carriers are going to have identical plans at some point. I hope Sprint at least takes the high road and doesn’t conform to tiered only data plans and two year required contacts. Might have to start saving up for off contract phones…smh.

          • Mr. Joe

            I’m glad that you saw it. Thanks.

          • jakob

            u mad?

          • Mr. Joe

            More like saddened by the state of the android community.

          • jason w.s.

            lol, That must be Mr. Joe Joe up theres remedy for when he gets his panties all in a bunch or somthin. Quick shower, icy cold, boo boo all gone…? really? what ever works for ya 😛

          • Mr. Joe

            I’ll let you know I go commando my good sir!

            As for the cold showers; I only wish them on everyone. People deserve them.

          • Anonymous

            You’re not making sense Joe. Full retail is actually $650 dollars, which is a huge deterrent for most customers considering relatively few american consumers ever pay full retail for a device. When you see a discounted price on the phone with a contract, verizon is paying the difference in order to entice you to use their services longer. Apple gets paid either way.

        • Gutter7

          VZ will not let you get the iPhone 4 on a 1yr. I’ve tried.

      • Anonymous

        Reality Check: I don’t care how much you like android, the thunderbolt is not outselling the iphone. The iphone sold hundreds of thousands on day one even though it was an 8 month old phone.

        I do also think that the iphone is the reason for all of these changes.

      • jason w.s.

        I get where your commin from here, for the most part…but “Make Apple eat out of there hands?” lol, good luck with that one Big Red…

      • This guy has no clue what he is talking about.

    • Anonymous

      Thinking like this is what is ruining everything.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    money, money, money

    • Anonymous

      I pesonally don’t see how this would make them any more money.

  • )v(urphy

    Is this a late April Fools joke?

    • Anonymous

      I wish it was. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    I’m outraged at this!! Penalizing consumers for purchasing new technology once a year!!!! What an outrage!

  • Verizon sucks now

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Ian

    Those Verizon bastards!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! As long as they don’t make us sign 3 year contracts like the Canadians, i am okay with it.

    • Don’t speak too soon. This could happen any time…

    • Anonymous

      Hah nice way of looking at it actually.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I bet you anything this is coming next

    • angermeans

      Wait until the iPhone 5 I wouldn’t be sureprised to see mandatory 3 year contracts and 299 price tags.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, jeez, calm down already. What did Apple do to you, exactly? Kill your parents?

        • Actually, Apple did kill my parents.

        • Anonymous

          it’s been known/rumored that verizon’s making specific policy changes to accomodate the iphone. I’ts not a stretch to assume they’d do it again. It’s not a jab at apple, it’s a jab at verizon.

  • Goblueboy

    all this shit from Verizon lately is really making that nexus s 4g look hella good right now

    • I was thinking the same thing…or that new LG phone on T-Mobile

      • Anonymous

        Agree w/ you 100% about that G2x. The network is not going to change if AT&T buys it & I might just be grandfathered in on unlimited 4G Data. Plus they are 2nd to VZW at not dropping calls.

        • Anonymous

          Not to mention tmo doesnt lock down their phones

          • Anonymous

            Bonus!! Its available online starting the 15th. In stores the 20th.

          • Anonymous

            Bonus!! Its available online starting the 15th. In stores the 20th.

      • Anyone think T-mobile is going to change a lot? I haven’t heard anything about the AT&T acquisition for about a week. If T-mo were stable, I would definitely change carriers and get the Optimus 2X!

        • Anonymous

          Even if they do merge, it ought not affect anything for at least a year; probably longer.

    • That’s exactly my thinking.

  • Anonymous

    WTF?!?!?!?! Looks like I might have to defect to another carrier

    • Anonymous

      Agree I was looking to switch before this now that they are doing this it may just make me switch to another carrier once my contract is up.

  • fartbubbler

    sucks.

    • fartbubbler

      and first.