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Ready To Exit Your Verizon Contract With No Termination Fee? Now May Be Your Chance

The Regulatory Charge on your Verizon bill could potentially increase from $0.13 to $0.16 starting July 1, meaning you’ll have an opportunity to get out of your contract without having to pay an ETF (early termination fee).  The change in amount of the fee is minimal of course, but according to Big Red’s Verizon’s customer agreement, these tiny changes are enough reason for you to walk away:

Can Verizon Wireless Change This Agreement or My Service?

We may change prices or any other term of your Service or this agreement at any time,but we’ll provide notice first, including written notice if you have Postpay Service. If you use your Service after the change takes effect, that means you’re accepting the change. If you’re a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee.

If Verizon has been making you steamed with all this tiered data nonsense, or you’re just fed up with them in general (everyone has their own horror stories with carriers), according to The Consumerist, just call up VZW, and ask to be transferred to the Retention Dept. You’ll then use this information to tell them that this 3 cent difference is a Material Adverse Change, and you want out of your contract with no fees.

They will tempt you with freebies most likely, or try to tell you otherwise than what you would like to hear, but if given any grief, just take it to their supervisor. If you’ve been trying to escape the Red Army’s clutches, then now could be your chance. Good luck.

*Note – We should point out that by exiting your contract, you would then be subject to tiers.

Via:  The Consumerist

Cheers Jose and everyone else!

  • MsDas

    I’ve tried and tried to cancel without a fee and no luck! Would anyone be nice enough to help me out? lol.

  • msdas

    It’d be a great help if someone did the call and canceled my contract with them. I’ve tried and tried, and no success. I’m sick of verizon.

  • Dreamyangelrose

    thanks so much!

  • Paul Lechocinski

    they actually refused to cancel my account due to the charges above. They said by offering me the difference in the charges (72cents) that voids the chance to cancel without a fee. This was a supervisor that told me this.

  • Slimanus182

    It does not work!!!

  • Slimanus182

    This is not true I tried to cancel the contract and my bill has not been affected therefore they are not liable to change. The users of verizon are being grandfathered in and this change does not affect them.

    • mario7


  • the issue is if you have unlimited data and then someone on your family share plan upgrade their phone you then have to change your cell phone plan and poof lose your unlimited data

  • Ussenterncc1701e

    Just got out, wahoo, it’s a bit of a pain, you need to do your research, and be firm, but it works.

  • DroidX87

    Question, I have 3 lines can I exit one or is it the whole contract in general? Plz answer b4 I do it n have to exit totally which I don’t want! Jus the extra line….


      I called to cancel two lines of three, the tier 0 support said it could be done.  After a ten minute hold she offered me a $0.24 credit to make up the difference, after a few minutes of hagling I asked for her supervisor.  She gave me the same offer, a ten minute back and forth, albeit very polite, debate before I asked for her supervisor, she said I would be contacted in 24-48 hours.  So be warned all, this may not work, Verizon is warned and prepared.  I’m arguing with them on the basis of: the contract does not stipulate that the change in contract price may be mitigated by credits to the account, rathe it does clearly state that I may request a cancellation without an Early Termination Fee.  Wish me luck, I’ll report back when I’ve settled it.


    Just called Verizon, they are “experiencing higher than usual call volumes” lol

  • Anonymous

    AT&T sucks everywhere in a 500 mile radius here. Sprint roams on Verizon’s data network while maintaining a CDMA network for calls. There is no TMobile here. Where would I go? As bad as Verizon may be, it is head and shoulders above all other options I have.

  • Winningdesigns

    I remember years ago (many years ago) sprint decided to increase the amount they were going to charge for individual texts by a few cents. Ppl were saying the same thing, threaten to cancel your account and get free stuff. Well the only thing anyone ever got was a guarantee of a price rollback in your contract or sign you up for a text package deal.
    The only thing Verizon is going to do is credit your account and when they do that, your contact is back to the way it was. You tell them your not happy and are going to cancel your account. Their response, go ahead cause now you WILL have to pay your ETF. I’m sorry to say but your not going to get any free phones, free upgrades, or anything.
    Think about it, Verizon credits your account a few pennies but you decide to cancel and depending on how many lines you have, then their happy cause they now can start collecting on those ETFs…..and boom goes the dynimate.
    I have been there and done that and this is always the end results. However if you have the gift to sweet talk then by all means give it a shoot. Whats the worst that can happen, They say no.

  • Kalel316

    Tiered Data will only change for new customers and current customers upgrading from “feature” phones to Smartphones after July 7th. If you have unlimited data now you will have it for the life of your contrac even after upgrading. This tiered data hysteria is really lame. Furthermore, this whole .03$ change is even stupider, do you really think Verizon would allow something as small as .03$ give customers an out? While I anticipate most of you will call in and attempt to get some discounts or credits on your bill, nobody will be allowed to leave without the ETF being charged.

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  • Mrsense

    How much time do I have to use this excuse to terminate my contract with VZ without the ETF?

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    i really want to ditch big red for tmobile and get me a sensation 4g but im on a family plan so things can get complicated

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  • Verizon won’t force you onto a tiered plan if you have a contract with them before July 7. I heard that Verizon plans on getting everyone on the tiered plans over time (I imagine every Verizon customer with a data plan will be tiered within 2 years). When you go to get that shiny new phone at a Verizon subsidized price, you will have to renew your contract. When you renew, you will be herded onto the tiered data reservation.

  • no name

    FYI…this WILL NOT WORK. Verizon will just credit you the 3 cent difference to the bill if you try to use this excuse. Therefore you cannot use the “Material Adverse Change” approach because by offering to reverse the change that didn’t even really effect you anyways, you have no legal basis to fight for them to let you go without an ETF. Even a supervisor wont go for it. Trust me. This is not a new trick. Best case scenerio you get a small credit to the bill or an extra incentive to upgrade if you’re eligible. I like Droid-Life, but what a shady move for them to post something like this. 

    • ViggS

      Why not rip a company off that rips you off? I mean I love Verizon and all but to breach their customer service agreement and start to charge us even more…

  • Anonymous

    I might go on there and bug them just to try to get the freebies 😀

  • I looked into it. But AT&T and T-Mobile have lousy prices and data caps (and, in T-Mobile’s case, a horrible phone selection).  Sprint has some excellent rates and a solid selection of phones, but they’ve got some pretty big holes in their coverage in my area where I’d be considered roaming.  I might have still considered them, but here’s the real kicker… no 4G!  It’s bad enough that Sprint’s WiMax network is slower than Verizon’s LTE, but Sprint doesn’t have WiMax in my area.  Verizon’s got me spoiled now, no way I’d go back to 3G.

  • Mneighbo

    This is from the Verizon customer agreement: 
    What Charges Are Set by Verizon Wireless?
    You agree to pay all access, usage and other charges that you or the user of your wireless device incurred. For Postpay Service, our charges also include Federal Universal Service, Regulatory and Administrative Charges, and we may also include other charges related to our governmental costs. We set these charges; they aren’t taxes, they aren’t required by law, they are kept by us in whole or in part, and the amounts and what they pay for may change.
    The potential change of the regulatory charge mentioned above can be a Material Adverse Change. The portion of the agreement posted in the blog doesn’t say it has to be a Verizon charge or a state charge. And only the consumer knows if this will be a material adverse change in their life. Verizon can’t say that it won’t affect us. But Verizon knows damn well when they raise prices on things that it will affect the rest of us. 

  • J J Rooster

    I’m not sure how accurate this article is. This is the verbiage in the contract.” If you’re a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee.” Only Verizon can determine when this is a material adverse effect. For example, a couple of years ago the price for texting without a text plan went from $.15 to $.20. That increase in texting was a material adverse impact and we let people cancel without penalty as a result. When I worked in customer care this would happen every year an people would call to cancel and we did not waive the ETF and even offered to pay the difference in cost for the remainder of the contract. Point is this is misleading and people are going to read it on the internet and call customer service and get disappointed when it’s not true.

  • Not accurate, they will credit you the amount of the change

  • So, no one has successfully don this yet?  Please let me know, bc I want to close 2 accounts and save 70 bucks on one, and 250 on another, in ETF

  • Ronin6699

    If my plan has different do devices can out only one of them?

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  • Xc1097

    Just called VZW and was told it’s not the contract. They said it’s the taxes which they have no control over, so no discounts or option to leave w/ no EFT. wasted 20 minutes of my precious time. Also, i asked about devices releasing in july because that’s why i want to cancel my service and start new one and said nothing from MOTO, HTC, or Samsung is releasing in july but other devices might be coming from other companies that he can’t say.

    • Mneighbo

      This is from the Verizon customer agreement: 
      What Charges Are Set by Verizon Wireless?You agree to pay all access, usage and other charges that you or the user of your wireless device incurred. For Postpay Service, our charges also include Federal Universal Service, Regulatory and Administrative Charges, and we may also include other charges related to our governmental costs. We set these charges; they aren’t taxes, they aren’t required by law, they are kept by us in whole or in part, and the amounts and what they pay for may change.So as you see, this IS in their control as they set those charges, so that makes them liars. You should try again, and have your agreement, which you can just Google, and read these little blurbs right back to them and call them on their bull*hit!

  • commonsense


    • Jimmycap

      Uhhh…aren’t you late for your biology class?  Check this…all caps is annoying.  Same for spelling mistakes.  Try again when you graduate high school.  Cheers!

  • Sublime8696

    So…. Could i sign a new contract right now (im eligible), then once july 1st comes, terminate it, ebay the new phone, then on the 2nd, sign a new contract, get a new phone and stay on unlimted (beating the 7th cutoff)?

    • Abc

      Let us know how that works out for you.

    • no…you cant sign a new contract for at least 30 days so they will laugh at you….or at very least charge you about $600 for a phone.

  • Bewara2009


  • I am switching to either sprint or tmobile, forsure

  • Shane

    Just tried this and Verizon refused on several calls to cancel these lines. They state that the Customer Service Agreement permits them to change regulatory fees which they charge without providing a basis for termination of your contract.

  • Anonymous

    Let me know when someone actually pulls this off.

  • Custom Colonel

    I love the idiots who claim they’re leaving for Sprint or going to use this to get freebies.  Gimme a break.  The android community is full of little kids.

  • Anonymous

    YES!!!!! Virginmobile here I come!!

  • Timmah

    Guys, dont bother. Check Aprils bill. On the very last page, it talks about these charges that will occur in July. 

  • You have to tell them its a “Material Adverse Change” and read them your contract line where is states a “Material Adverse Change” allows you to break your contract with no ETF’s. Don’t even reference the $0.03 cents, just call it the “Material Adverse Change” to the Regulatory Charges.

  • BillyBOB

    I sure wish T Mobile would extend it’s coverage in Dixon, IL. Big Red owns my ass like a pimp owns his hookers.

  • Anonymous

    Called them. After denials and me reading them the contract I got it kicked up to a Manager. He told me they were going to credit the difference, therefore there would be no materially adverse effect and therefore I couldn’t cancel without an ETF.

    • They are smart.

      • Anonymous

        They are dicks. A big bowl of them, even.

  • Anonymous

    Called them. After denials and me reading them the contract I got it kicked up to a Manager. He told me they were going to credit the difference, therefore there would be no materially adverse effect and therefore I couldn’t cancel without an ETF.

  • Rizzidy

    3 cent regulatory charge increase =/= material

  • Anonymous

    I know this isnt the place to ask but is anybody getting a text messege from Verizon saying “you must upgrade VCAST immediatly!”  Its freaking me out cuz i thought verizon blocked premium texts.

  • kronikings

    I tried to get out of my contract using this method but they didn’t allow it. I even spoke with a supervisor. They basically said the information I was giving was not a valid reason to get out of my contract.

    • Ray

      I can second that, my uncle tried to get out of his contract using this method and the supervisor said the regulatory fee doesn’t fall under that.

  • The Marketing Genius

    If Sprint or T-Mobile were smart, they would offer a quality Android Phone for FREE to anyone coming over from Verizon.  Even if it included a trade-in, they would get a lot of business from it.   I know, I know…I am a marketing genius.  

    • Erm…no, that would be a good way to lose a lot of money.  This is why there is a marketing department and an accounting department I presume.

    • Anonymous

      Sprint is already offering to pay your ETF… what more do you want? Of course, then you are stuck with Sprint’s shitty network…

  • Garcia Ike

    I just called and they told me unless i can prove 3 cents makes it impossible to pay my bill I can’t leave. Im call again tomorrow and see if im told something different.

    • bp328i

      It has nothing to do with being able to pay. It has to do with them changing your plan.

      • Abc

        Perhaps you should read the entire thing.   They are NOT changing the plan nor the plan rate.

    • Commonsense101

      The burden isn’t on YOU.
      The agreement is an agreement between 2 parties.
      If they change it: you can opt to walk.

      This isn’t us against Verizon, it’s called common sense and honest business practice.

      However if you don’t read your bill, then you didn’t get proper notice.

  • wait a minute! so i have 5 lines because..well i like to upgrade phones alot. and dont use 2 of the lines. can i cancell them for free??

    • Abc

      Even if you were able to cancel without an ETF, you would have to terminate the entire contract not just portions of it.

      • Commonsense101


        All Matt has to do is to separate those 2 add a line plans to 2 separate plans.
        Then he can cancel, provided he didn’t get the notice of the charge in April.

  • Joe Joe the Indian Dancer

    This is a good opportunity to negotiate.  When you are leaving a company they will do crazy things to keep you.  I think I will end up with unlimited data, texting and 1400 shared minutes for less than $200 per month.  I’m going to shoot for 2000 or more minutes but will settle for that.

  • Maladroid

    I’ve complained to Verizon in the past about excess charges, and no one has EVER offered me a discount on anything. I’ve even asked for a discount on my voice or text plan and they simply tell me they can’t do that. Do I actually have to say I’m leaving to get that?

  • Verizon has been giving me problem after problem with my phone… My FOURTH replacement OG Droid (now 7 days old) is already having problems, but they refuse to offer ANY OTHER phone. Even a low end smartphone. Maybe this could get me something better…

  • Ntbohl

    I jjust upgraded two months ago…hypothetically, could I cancel that line and then start a new one? If I provided my own equipment, that would give me an upgrade on deck so I could get a phone with decent battery life down the line.. battery on the thunderbolt is a joke. Plus, if I do it before the 7th I could still qualify for unlimited data, right? Can anyone help me out with this thought process?

    • Abc

      You really need to look at ALL the words in your agreement with VZW.  They are not going to let you drop an added line, only to have you add another line within just 2 weeks.

  • Mneighbo

    I think anyone getting mad they can’t cancel should read this again. Nowhere does it say that it HAS to be a state tax. It just says, “If you’re a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee.”

    So, you can get them on their own contract wording if they try to tell you you can’t cancel b/c it’s THEIR charge, not state tax. It’s a written contract, and guess what, if it doesn’t say cannot cancel if this is just Verizon’s charges, then guess what… Have fun cancelling w/no penalty.

    • Sigmundroid

       This is correct.  The problem is that too many people have been injected with too much estrogen
      and pharmaceutical waste that they have no resolve/no balls.

      They will test you and tell you NO.  Case in point:

      I discuss matters before extending my contract.
      I have them notate the account along with their CSR name and number, just in case…

      Why?  Many reps don’t know a nut from a screw!

      Unless you record their words or get it in writing: Plausible-Deniability takes precedence.

      • Anonymous

        That’s why I have it in writing that I(not in a contract) can upgrade to a 4g phone after July 7 and keep my unlimited. 

      • Anonymous

        That’s why I have it in writing that I(not in a contract) can upgrade to a 4g phone after July 7 and keep my unlimited. 

  • Cwzrd23

    I can finally go to Sprint; Verizon has been ripping me off since day one 🙂 in thinking evo 3D 😀

  • Jstnldtke

    Just called in, they want me to fax proof of the letter in and they will go ahead and do it, because they havet heard of this :S might just be a rumor if not ill have to wait for my letter via mail

    • Leoiden

      just called and they claim that you can cancel but in the contract you are not exempted from the early termination fee!!

      • Of course you can cancel and pay the ETF, that has always been an option.

  • T Hall

    If Sprint had decent service here (which it does, just not in the outlaying areas where I spend my time on the weekends) I would consider this, but unfortunately I am at the mercy of Verizon because service is my main priority, not the device.

  • So do you have to cancel the plan before July 1st or within 60 days of July 1st? Can somebody respond ASAP please!!!

    • Cwzrd23

      Starting July first you can terminate your contract 60 days after July first you can’t anymore

  • Anonymous

    This is another trick by big red, they probably know people will try to get free upgrades so they’ll make you wait the 60 days and they get their way with tiered data plans…

  • Apple

    The Regulatory Charge on your Verizon bill could potentially increase from $0.13 to $0.16 “STARTiNG JULY 1”

  • Timmah

    They know you wont, cause you can get some unlimited 4G if you stay, and have unlimited. Oh Verizon. 

  • Yeah, I’m glad I saw this. I’m gonna cancel 2 of my lines and port 2 of them to AT&T and AoL my personal line to my friends Verizon account.

    Just as a disclaimer, I don’t want people to think I’m doing this because I can but it’s because I need to. I’m moving out of the country for a couple of years and there’s no point for me to keep the lines. 2 lines no one uses, 1 of them is due next week and the other in Dec. 2 lines being ported are my parents and they’re putting it on their AT&T account, 1 is due in Nov and the other in Apr.  As for my line, I want to keep my number and unlimited data. I still love Verizon but this is what I must do. I don’t have a money tree in my backyard so it’s not wise for me to keep this entire account when I’m not even in the US for the next 2 years.

  • Might do this to finally get some people off my family plan. They want to get cheap ass phones anyways. No need for them to be on verizon. 

  • NoneNull

    I got out of my contract 2 years ago by doing this. The first 2-3 times I called, I was sent up a few levels and got nowhere. The last time I called, the first person I talked to said, “Sure, no problem. Let me take care of that for you.”    I was all WTF?!   It all comes down to getting the right person.

  • Ejleverett

    So I tried calling in and they stated that an adverse change is defined as changes to services no taxes, so next time you run a story make sure you have your legal department do there homework

    • Jwalters_21

      Look at Verizon’s website. Regulatory charges are charges Verizon charges to offset government taxes.  These are Verizon charges, not taxes.


    • Guest

      Maybe next time instead of worrying about being a douche, you could use correct English. It is THEIR not there.

      • Grammar Police

        Looks as though you need to learn the grammatical difference between their and there.

        their – is a possessive pronoun

        there – is an adverb that tells “not here”

        So, there!

    • Guest

      Maybe next time instead of worrying about being a douche, you could use correct English. It is THEIR not there.

    • This is a blog you fool, there is no legal department.  You poor poor thing, you had to make one phone call and waste five minutes of your life.  Well, I guess you can get back to fapping now.

      • Commonsense101

        …and Who the F are you? Did you take offense to a comment made over the “internetz?”
        How old are you?  15?

        Just because the poster you deemed worthy of insults didn’t “try” hard enough nor understood
        the wording within the agreement he consented to be a party of doesn’t mean you’ve got to get
        all butthurt and whiney like a coked up pageant hooker, k?

        What a crap example you are if you represent Droid-Life talking to someone as if you are better
        than they are?

        You must be a scholar, being able to differentiate there, their, and they’re…

        You’re a joke.

        • Jimmycap

          Says the joker…

  • Octacon1728

    I just got off phone and they told me it was a tax and if I cancel my contract I would still be charged the early termination fee

  • Scott

    I wonder if you could cancel your line and then re add the line shortly after and get a free upgrade…hmmm

  • Jwalters_21

    So is there anyway to do this without losing your phone numbers?  We have a family plan and I’m the only one with a google voice number.

  • Jwalters_21

    So is there anyway to do this without losing your phone numbers?  We have a family plan and I’m the only one with a google voice number.

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  • Anonymous


    • Granted

      Because she promised a love that would never end. But that wasn’t the case and I was forced to behead her, and dissolve her remains in my indoor jacuzzi with battery acid and another concoction of tarnish remover and lye.

  • If it it a Tax, then yes, there is not getting out of the contract. They can’t be held responsible for taxes going up. But if its just a fee they are increasing then yes.

  • Droidzzz

    Not to mention this has got to be making a lot of people answering phones do some face palms.  “Uhm excuse me?  You’re upset about three extra cents per month?  Are you aware that even after 24 months this won’t amount to a dollar?  Would you like me to credit your bill for a dollar?”

    • TheAndroid1

      The problem is where to draw the line.  3 cents/50cents/1dollar/10dollars/100dollars/etc.  And it states in the contract that if they change something in your contract, you can exit at any time.  The contract works both for you and against you.

  • Anonymous

    so. can i end my contract and get a new 2yr contract with a new phone? 😀

    • Granted

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing. But on the other side of that coin I’m just still contemplating leaving regardless considering they treat me like less than a number in the system.

      • Anonymous

        i want an evo 3d… xD
        i don’t want sprint… D:

  • If this is true looks like Im getting out of my contract with my Thunderbolt and holding off on getting a phone with a real battery life.. The battery life on that phone is so digusting Im temped to get an iphone.. It will be my first and last HTC phone!

    • can i have it? 🙂 i would love to have unlimited 4g

  • Buckgrad

    So, if the Samsung Galaxy S2 comes out on another carrier within the next 60 days, we can jump ship o. VZW without the early termination fee? Hmmmmmm………

    • Anonymous


  • This works pretty well. I did this with Sprint a year and half ago. The terminology in the contract was the same “Material Adverse Change”. Sprint was going to start charging a $5 handling fee on all spending limit accounts, my account had a spending limit. I used this to get out of both of my contracts with them scotch free.

    If anyone is leaving Verizon, make sure you get your new lines setup with which ever carrier you are going with and get your numbers ported over before you cancel any contracts. You run the risk of loosing your number if you cancel first and Verizon happens to give it to someone else before you port over. Ususally you will have 30 days from when the change goes into effect to cancel your contracts. After 30 days you “accept” the change and your contract is valid again.

    I’m considering leaving Big Red, my service is spotty at best in my house. And since I have to use a even 1 gb of data in a month, I’m seriously thinking about some of the other companies who charge less and have much hotter spokes women…

    • Granted

      Speaking of numbers change over, Best Buy sucks a big fat one in that area. They turn over old numbers after only three months, which I’m sure is to maximize profits. Normally I wouldn’t fault this capitalism move, but right when I received my new number I started getting calls for the ass hat that owned the number before me, and I’m talking about massive amounts of calls. Apparently this upstanding moron couldn’t pay his bills, and of course bill collector are overly professional and aren’t rude as hell and don’t call at ungodly hours of the day. But I’m also really friendly and don’t harass and berate them, and continually call them back and keep them on the phone forever, asking asinine questions. And it’s been almost a year, and I still get calls for this mongoloid and his whore girlfriend.

      Thank you Best Buy.

    • Anonymous

      How do you time the porting of a number and cancelling your contract?  If you port, then you cancel service due to porting, not changes in this silly fee.

      Been looking for a way to port my main number to Google Voice without paying a VZW ETF, but I’d afraid to get charged the ETF due to the port.

  • Droidzzz

    This is really kind of funny to me.  Only problem is I feel a little bad for the customer service reps/retention people that are going to have to deal with some of you actors that are going to pretend to be really pissed when all you’re doing is playing a chess match for as much free shit as possible.  I say only if you’ve had a legitimate issue should you actually try for some free stuff.  If your T-Bolt has been resetting itself, sure it’s kind of annoying but at least it comes back on and is not like the problem that basically all LG clamshell phones have had where they just turn completely off in your pocket.

    • Granted

      I’m not really sure why you’d feel bad for them. They’ve treated me with utmost deception and disdain. And the old adage of feeling bad for them and they “are just doing their job”, well no one forced them to be there, there is no ball and chain on their ankle. They are free to leave whenever they would like. That is similar to my distaste for people who protect and rationalize telemarketers jobs. They know going into that position, that they are becoming a minion of the Dark Lord, and there is no justification for their feeble career choice. They are trained to be charlatans and just pure scum, and you must enjoy that character pattern to continue to do a job like that.

      • whowhatwhen

        Exactly. It always seemingly more than “just a job” to people empty on the inside like customer reps, bill collectors, middlemen etc… 

        • Fortyozs

          WTF… Who is empty on the inside?  Is it people trying to get free stuff out of a company that is raising something by .03 cents, or is it the person that is willing to give you something free because you are not adversely affected by that.  That just seems foolish too state that customer reps or empty on the inside.  Do you have any type of equipment in your residence?  Do you have electricity?  Do you ever feel you had a wrongful charge on an account, and not just speaking of VZW?  So if a customer rep helps you, they are empty.  You are the one who sounds empty in saying that.

          • Erickbernal27

            That 3 cents makes Verizon 2 million dollars more a month… and they continue yo raise prices and send out tiered data… now who is really the empty one?

    • Granted

      I’m not really sure why you’d feel bad for them. They’ve treated me with utmost deception and disdain. And the old adage of feeling bad for them and they “are just doing their job”, well no one forced them to be there, there is no ball and chain on their ankle. They are free to leave whenever they would like. That is similar to my distaste for people who protect and rationalize telemarketers jobs. They know going into that position, that they are becoming a minion of the Dark Lord, and there is no justification for their feeble career choice. They are trained to be charlatans and just pure scum, and you must enjoy that character pattern to continue to do a job like that.

  • Jondrms1

    I called. They told me that it does not apply to this charge because it is not a change to a plan, it is a tax. They have no control over taxes nor are they obligated to tell us when those taxes go up. I have a feeling if I had pressed them hard enough they would have had to do something for me, but I was basically told that it was not their problem.

    • Granted

      Nothing is their problem, unless of course you are a potential new sale and it will up their quota and make them appear to be a valuable asset to the company.

      Cell phone salesmen and persons of their ilk are very much akin to used car salesmen.

      • Exactly.  

      • cyanid3

        Ok first of all they’re* go back to school. Secondly uhhh no they are not. They’re just doing their job and selling a phone and asking you if you want maybe some accessories or an extra feature. You can say no…you don’t have to get everything they pitch to you, they just ask incase it may service you. If you had half a brain you’d be able to say a word you learned when you were a few years old…

        • Anonymous

          I do not see any misuse of any homonym of their…where are you seeing it?

          • Jacob Smith

            …the colors! i see them…

          • Jacob Smith

            …the colors! i see them…

        • Gr8ray

          Spelling nazi fail!

    • Eraursls1984

      They are right it is a tax BUT its not a tax on the consumer, its a tax on the carrier. Most other carriers do not charge you for this (at least not directly) they pass this to the consumer so it is a charge from Verizon (to pay their tax) this is stated in the contract. They will tell you this but you have to keep fighting if you want out, they can’t stop you but they will give you a hard time.

      • exactly, just keep escalating the call up the ladder until you get to someone who will do it. Write down the facts regarding what exactly this new charge is and why this is a break of your contract. Be prepared to argue back that its not a tax on your cell phone plan from local, state or federal government and that you are going to use this “Material Adverse Change” to your bill to cancel your accounts. Always refer to it as what is it, a “Material Adverse Change”. It lets them know what you are not a dope who doesn’t know anything.

  • Jeffrey Boyd

    Don’t tiers not start until July 7?  Couldn’t you terminate July 2 and sign a new contract on July 6?  Selling your brand new Smartphone online for a nice profit?

  • Anonymous

    Is there anyway to keep your phone number using this trick?

    • Mrisco11

      Yes just tell them you don’t want them to actually terminate the line but you would like them to notate the account that you are shopping for other carriers and would like the termination fee waived if and when you decide to switch. The new carrier will port your number out and no etf will be charged. Make sure after your initial call you call back and make sure the person you spoke to actually put the notes in. 

  • Astrology

    If I’m on my brother’s plan, cancel my line through this, I don’t have to wait the 60 days, right? I assume since Verizon doesn’t actually know I was on his plan?

    • Mrisco11

      That is correct. You can cancel your line on his plan and then turn around and sign up a new line in your own name. You will however, lose your phone number though

  • Amenemhat1

    I would argue that this disclaimer only reflects “Postpay” customers. The disclaimer reads  “If you’re a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement h…” meaning that if you are a Postpay custee that changes their plan OR (still referring to the Postpay cust) this agreement blah blah. Of course, I am no lawyer…

    • Anyone other than PRE-paid people are Post Paid customers. You get a bill at the end of the month for what you used. Post pay.

      • Amenemhat1

        Ah, touché

      • Amenemhat1

        Ah, touché

  • Anonymous

    lol… $.03 is enough to make people walk away? Wow…that’s like going from one gas station that’s $3.75 to another one 5 miles away that’s $3.70. It’s like…why go through all of that hassle when you’re only saving a minimal amount of money? Just doesn’t make sense.

    But hey, if you want to go over to the demonic side that is AT&T, then be my guess…I’ll stay right where I’m at.

    • Sammy Guyana

      You don’t get it.  It’s not the 0.03 cents, it may be ANY OTHER REASON you want to leave VZW, like crappy phone, crappy service in your area, poor customer service, or even a better deal elsewhere, but unfortunately, you get CHARGED an ETF if you terminate FOR ANY OF THOSE REASONS…until now.  Now you can get out under this excuse. 
      Go back to playing games, and leave the phone bill to your parents to worry about.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I suppose I’ve read it wrong. I retract my previous statements. lol

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I suppose I’ve read it wrong. I retract my previous statements. lol

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for that, but I actually pay my own phone bills, car insurance, etc. I just bloody read it wrong.

      • Jimmycap

        you people should look up the word “contract”

    • Anonymous

      You are reading this wrong and missing the point. This is for people who do not like VZW for whatever reason and perhaps are only a few months into their contract and want to go to ATT or Sprint…

      This allows them to get out of their contract and go elsewhere.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I suppose I’ve read it wrong. I retract my previous statements. I guess I get overly excited about things. Plus it gives me a reason to talk smack against AT&T, which I very much do not like. Even though “demonic side” isn’t really talking smack…especially since it’s a fact. lol

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get an upgrade until late 2012. Wonder if they’ll move it up to now?

  • Anonymous

    How much time do we have to do this? is there a deadline?

  • el_R

    can i get out of only 2 of 4 lines on my family plan, or do i have to cancel the whole thing?

  • Cancel Droid X with 19 months left. Sell on ebay for $200, Wait 60 days, get iPhone 5 for $199. Profit $1 .

  • Cancel Droid X with 19 months left. Sell on ebay for $200, Wait 60 days, get iPhone 5 for $199. Profit $1 .

    • Cifchamp24

      No sales tax where you live? Profit $0…

      • Anonymous

        Oregon ftw.. profit $1

    • Anonymous

      Kiss unlimited data good bye for a pos phone.
      Anyone who cancels their contract over 3 cents is an idiot.

  • Bwatson531

    So if I am understanding this correctly I could potentialy cancel the line I added for my xoom but not my hole account ??

    • Bunie

      I think you can do this anyway… not sure though

    • Whole.

    • Sammy Guyana


      • Granted

        Hahahaha! Does the “hole”account cover holes that only dispose of matter, or would they cover holes that consume also. Of course taking in man meat our any other sort of solid object wouldn’t constitute as consuming.

  • Bunie

    If i terminate can i renew and get the phones for the “cheap” prices again? 😀

    • Anonymous

      i think there’s a waiting period.

    • Anonymous

      after 30 days. The tiered pricing will be here by then though.

  • cancel contract -> start new contract -> get upgraded phone today w/ unlimited 4g

    • Guest

      Correction: cancel contract -> wait 60 days (I think) until you can sign up again -> start new contact -> get upgraded phone with tired pricing.

      And that’s if Verizon will even take you back as a customer. 

  • Bewara2009

    I called Verizon Wireless and one of the Rep told be that The Droid Bionic should hit the street on July 28th.. I can’t Wait! 

    • Guest

      yeah I’m sure that’ the truth

    • Anonymous

      thats funny cuz a guy i know from motorola said its coming august

      • Anonymous

        my brother says it’s coming in september

        • Anonymous

          My neighbor’s cousins brother-in-law, who knows someone, who is friends with someone who is married to someone who has a sister who works near a Verizon store says it’s coming this year. And you can take that to the bank!

          • Sammy Guyana

            I just slept with each of those people, and they told me that Moto Delayed the Bionic again.  Sorry.

        • my uncle says its coming in October

        • Granted

          My uncle’s brothers, sisters aunt/father said it would release after the cast of The Jersey Shore realized how meaningless their existence was, and played Russian Roulette with a hatchet.

    • I just saw Elvis walking down the street.

    • I just saw Elvis walking down the street.

  • Kevoskee

    I bet the termination fee will be 400 dollars after the new changes start. I think I’m ready for the change, at least for now

  • Anonymous

    Why would I want to leave Verizon since I have unlimited data and they’re not going to force me into a tiered data plan? 

    4G FTW!

    • 30footFall

      They are not going to force you into a tiered data plan, yet. You are missing a Key Word there…

      • Anonymous

        If they force me into a tiered plan, I’m sure the rest of the companies will be tiered at that point too… AT&T already is, the rest will follow the big two.

        • tmo and sprint technically arent unlimited either

          • Anonymous

            how so

          • Mohammedkanan1997

            Tmobile goes to 3g or 1x speeds after u hit 2gb

          • TA

            Sprint, however, does no such thing.  Theirs is genuinely unlimited.

    • I’mRIGHTyourWRONG

      Well the prices are high, and Tmobile is updating their 4G to get up to 44mbs, so I might switch.
      Unless VZ finally gets a non-2010 spec phone. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but unless it’s unlimited data you’re gonna run out pretty darn quick at that speed. Plus their coverage is nowhere near what Verizon’s is…

        I’ll stick with Verizon and their awesome coverage even if it costs a few pennies more.

        • Baca Steve

          Has anyone even tried this? The 3 cent increase is not a material change, therefore the etf would still ne in effect. They are offering a $.3 cent credit for every month left in contract.

    • Zipperwound

      you do know it is not Real 4G dont you? 

  • Guam

    He – I already successfully tried this back in February – they offered me a a new upgrade, even though I just upgrade in October xD – so I used the 2 year pricing for the Thunderbolt.  Maybe I can try again? (O.O)

    • Granted

      So, wow they let you upgrade that early? That sounds like a good idea. Now if I could just get them to pay for the phone a well.

  • Chris

    So could this be used to get a new phone before the contract expires?

  • MALfunction84

    1.) Make idle threats.
    2.) Get free stuff.
    3.) PROFIT

    • franzie3

      I am thinking of trying this.  Maybe get a second phone for free or highly discounted, maybe an extended battery for my tbolt for nothing.  Maybe more money off my bill.  Anything is worth a shot in my opinion.  Whats the worst that can happen.  They say no and you say i’ll call back and hang up.  They wont stop service unless you agree.

  • If I leave my contract, then my unlimited 4G data plan goes away. If anything, I need to make sure I keep my Verizon plan renewed so I am not subject to that tiered pricing.

  • Anonymous

    Really wish I could walk away, but between their coverage, LTE, and the fact that 95% of my friends and family are on VZW I don’t really have anywhere else to go.

    • Anonymous


  • Billy Brown

    I’d do this if the Samsung S2 was out on another character.  

  • Bill

    Interesting, might just see if I can get out of my family’s plan and get my own now so I can lock in unlimited data.

  • max

    i am switching to sprint i like the nexus phones

  • Anonymous

    it is very tempting.. not because I want to .. but just because I can :)..

    • Guest

      And then what? Unless you’re planning on leaving Verizon for good, there is no point in doing this.

      • Anonymous

        You could also get a discount on a new phone, I’d assume

        • You have to leave verizon for 6 months to get new device credit.

          • Scott

            well that answers the question i posted.

          • tjhrulz

            Just saying a lot of companies never want to see you leave if you try they will give you great deals a lot of the time, my mom got a free phone because of something similar to this just last week. 

      • AndroFan

        Is that supposed to be a compelling reason not to?  Sprint, here I come.

      • Zipperwound

        For good?  You just have to be gone for 6 months dork!

    • Joels417

      Have fun paying the Activation fees if you want to sign up again.

      • Anonymous

        if you buy it thru costco.. you don’t pay activation fees.. and a 30 dollar activation fees is not a deal breaker if you are getting a new phone for cheap.

  • I was thinking of leaving VZW to go to Virgin Mobile and save $130/month on 2 phones.  Their coverage sucks, but I am in a metro area 99% of the time now.  If that were to change, I could always sign another contract.  Keeping unlimited data on VZW is really the only thing holding me back.

  • Anonymous

    I am so fed up with Verizon over this Xoom, that I’ve already started considering a Class Action, but with this little Claus I may just step… 

    • AndroFan

      Class action?  Lol.  I hope you’re not a lawyer. 

      • David18ucf

        LOL, ok so I totally just called to try and cancel 2 of my lines – the girl was like ‘uhhh???’  so they are having a manager call me back.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder kind of freebies we could get. Maybe a free upgrade? I’m looking to buy my mom a new phone, so this would new awesome.

  • Joster2609

    verizon better play there cards right now with this tiered data nonsense. if i dont have to go into that since im a current verizon customer, i wont leave but if they make me do it this is my chance for sprint

  • WormDoes

    Hmmm, tempting…

  • If Verizon wasn’t allowing existing customers to keep their unlimited data, I might have done this.

    • Sinbad128

      I agree with you..  I am NOT getting a 4G capable phone any time soon. I am so afraid of being forced to a data plan! I love my Droid X, and only wish it had a FRONT FACING CAMERA!  Although, I do have my eye on the Droid BIONIC…  (^_^)

  • Anonymous

    So I can early upgrade via canceling this way and then sign up for service?  Another reason I am glad I switched to a Google Voice number, especially since I think the phone tiered data plan thing is not going to last at those prices.

    • Billy Brown

      No, i tried once.  After you cancel, I believe there is a 6 month waiting period before you are eligible for any discounts.

      • Anonymous

        Oh well.  I’m on a company account so switching carriers for 6 months won’t work then.  Back to finding someone else’s upgrade to “borrow”.

  • Anonymous

    I may do this if they don’t fix the Thunderbolt issues, like tomorrow.

    • If by “issues” you mean GINGERBREAD, then I completely agree.   🙂

    • Verizon doesn’t make the phone, HTC does.

  • If you’re prepared to walk away, but don’t actually want to … this is a golden op for free stuff. Tell them you want out. If they say “OK, bye” you are prepared to walk away, but if they try to ply you with freebies…accept and stay.

    • Abc

      OR they couold just say NO.

      • TheAndroid1

        NO they couldn’t, there is a part of the contract that says if things like this change, you have the right to get out of the contract without paying an early termination fee.

    • Jcorf

      Freebies as in unlimited data after July 7th?? I just might try this.

      • ironick

        If you’re an existing customer you will already be getting unlimited data after July 7th.

        • Cynethdya

          My family has been with Verizon for about 4 years now. We have a family plan which costs about $160 every month, yet I can’t even have limited data on my phone without this charge reaching $200 or more. On the other hand, my boyfriend and his family have a Tmobile contract for $40 less and get unlimited txting and data. Verizon has great coverage but sure knows how to make people spend money.

      • Just Don

        If you currently have unlimited data, they’ve already said you can keep it after July 7th, so I’m confident they’ll do that.

  • PJ

    ha.  This changes every quarter and it’s pretty much a coin flip on whether or not it’ll go up or down.  They’ll likely just credit you the difference for the duration of your contract and call it a day.

  • bad4u6669

    So do we have to decide by the 1st or do we have 60 days from that point? I wonder why type of goodies they will offer? If they reset both my lines to where they were both up for upgrade I would stay.. 🙂

  • what kinda freebies might we get if we think of opting out Tim-o-tato

    • Anonymous

      free $0.03 credit on your account each month 😉

  • Guest

    Please note doing this just to get out of your contract so you can sign a new one and get a discounted phone isn’t going to work. Verizon will likely not take you back as a customer.

    • Granted

      That is probably not true. Just think of all the places you can go to get a Verizon phone. A good majority of those places would do anything they can to get a new sale under their belt and would work out any situation to get you signed up.

      • Guest

        Either way there is still a waiting period before being able to sign up again. I’m not sure what the length is (sounds like 60 days) but it definitely won’t be before July 7th, meaning no grandfathered unlimited data.

  • Wade Ivy

    Leave the fastest most reliable company that pours billions into their services and customer service?

    I think i’ll pass, My phone provider is planning holograms.

    What’s yours planning? 

    • I agree…Is there a better carrier than Verizon?

      I’ve done the carrier hopping looking for a sweeter deal.  Tried Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile.  The fact is that Verizon really is the best – both from a coverage and a customer service.

      We all hate them because they have a service we want SOOO bad.  And we know they can charge whatever they want for it.  Simple economic principal of demand. 

      But the reality is…the other carriers pretty much suck ballz to.  They all want your money for services that we all think should be cheaper or free.

    • Granted


  • Anonymous


  • So could I get a new phone like say the Charge or the Xperia Play when this starts even though my contract isn’t up till August?

    • Anonymous

      This says nothing about renewing or upgrading, just for exiting the contract.

      • Granted

        Yes true, and then you’re free to sign up again with a new discounted phone.

        • Abc

          Stop spreading false information.  Once cannot cancel service and immediately start a new contract.   VZW has a waiting period for the service, and an even longer period for the discounts.

          • David Morales

            Do you still have to pay full price for the phone you currently have if you cancel?

          • David Morales

            Do you still have to pay full price for the phone you currently have if you cancel?