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Verizon To Introduce API Allowing For Customers To ‘Turbo Boost’ Their Bandwidth

Imagine you are video chatting with friends or relatives and you start to feel your connection become laggy and the video turns choppy. Don’t you wish there was a button you could press to make all of those slow network issues disappear when it matters most? Verizon is looking to launch an API that will do just that. Every time you want to see a boost in data speed/connection, simply pay a small fee and press the turbo button on your screen. The pay-per-use system will then give your device “priority” at times when Verizon’s network is congested.

To make this work, Verizon is said to be publishing a “network optimization API” around the third quarter of next year that app developers will need to use in order for it to work with their apps. Would this service be something anyone would be willing to pay for? There are no mentions of price, but how much could it possibly be? Maybe $5 every time you want to be Verizon’s number one priority? Weigh in down below.

Via: PC Mag

  • MichaelQuissette


  • Bret

    I guess that soon, my phone’s cell connection will be very congested a lot more frequently than now. How convenient that I will be able to pay more nickels and dimes to get to a basic website, or listen to Pandora while waiting for my bus. I’m getting closer and closer to going back to the old days of having just a plain cell phone. Data on the move is getting less and less worth the hassle, effort, and expense.

  • big box

    Like California, verizon’s creating H.O.V. lanes!

  • Anonymous


  • This will get faked by groups like anonymous and Verizon will eventually realize it’s not working. It’s not something that will last.

  • minmin

     So….we are to pay extra for Verizon to actually get the service it should be providing already…..

  • Rhorning3

    Bite me!!!!!!!!!!

  • Commonsense Exemplified

    The ONLY way to combat this incessant greed is to educate the sheeple out there
    and have EVERYONE refuse to pay.  If no one pays…Verizon gets no play.

    This by the way is a *test* to see if the public are actually that stupid (enough) to fall
    for this ploy.  The fate of our speeds lies in the hands of the many…and NOT the educated minority (us)

  • Narcotix

    This is ridiculous. This compares exactly to a sickly patient sitting in their deathbed needing to press a button to deliver more pain medication everytime they feel the pain gets too bad. Well we’re not gonna go down like this, Dr. Verizon!

  • CapnShiner

    Is anyone else surprised AT&T didn’t think of this first?

  • Magman117

    This is B.S. . I have a better idea how about we all get the best service possible. Since we are already paying for it!

  • Hitshane

    seriously are you guys being paid by verizon? i mean damn… how come i dont see any real news about att’s new lte phones coming out in like 2 days?

    • Anonymous

      Hey asshat…

      “Droid” is a Verizon brand and this site focuses on Verizon Android phones. Hence the name “Droid Life”

  • I really wish the Galaxy Nexus came out on Sprint. They are the only good guys left. 

  • ashy larry

    i can see verizon slowing down peoples connections on purpose to get em to buy into this bs

  • Anonymous

    Great, pay for something we are already paying for,  twice 🙁 FAIL.

    • John Gaspardo

      epic win for Verizon I should buy their stock they are really going to be making Bank now it’s more of a triple charge cause they make you buy phone service as well rather than just data 

  • trumpet444

    This reminds me of network extenders

  • Shauntelfs

    This is a very dumb idea….WHAT the heck is 4g LTE for then?????

  • Hoya1989

    I have to think some lawyers out there are looking at this and seeing some potential for a class action should this go thru.  We already pay for service, to charge extra to make sure the service works as it is supposed is purely a double dip for what you have already paid for in the first place.

    • Unless you haven’t noticed in the past few years our supreme court has given corporations the same rights as individuals so a class action lawsuit will not work in this day and age. This country of ours is becoming more and more corrupted by the day. The rich and few at the top get aways with muder almost and we the 99% get stuck with the garbage. This is insane. Why don’t we as a people wake the F’ up and start standing up for what the founding fathers wanted this country to be. Well now that I think about it I don’t even know if our founding fathers had this in mind or a better future.

  • James Pelaccio

    What the hell,
    screw net neutrality, I’m on a video call with Grandma!

  • Udispyn

    thats the point of verizon service, so we dont have any lag, im not gonna pay more WTF, they are going down the money hungry road, and another carrier will pick up the customers they will lose

  • Daddy

    The FCC needs to block this bullshit. NOW.

    • trumpet444

      Umm… while I disagree with this idea by verizon, the FCC needs to back off in general. VZW’s customers will be the necessary regulation, not some federal arm of gov’t (which happens to be unregulated itself)

  • Isaac Saucedo

    So this is how they will get the customers with grandfathered unlimited data.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t Verizon already get enough of our money?

    • John Gaspardo

      LOL Unless you right In ALL instead of a dollar amount on your checks to them then no it isn’t “enough”

  • Earleepa

    Would they then use this money to build a better network? No, probably not.

  • 1loudls

    you know what grinds my gears?
    so its not enough that bid red now charges you more money for using more data, but now they want to allow you to pay more just to have your phone work right just like what you bought it for instead of actually having a network that can handle all the stress that there customers are paying for. this somehow sounds criminal to me.

    i’m not above grabbing a torch and pitch fork with the rest of my villagers!

  • Stupid is as stupid does. 

  • Pennywise

    Verizon’s learning…

    How the film Industry does it:

    You go see a movie ($$$).
    They offer it on PPV ($$$).
    Then they let you watch it on a Premium Station like HBO ($$$).
    Then they release it on Blu-Ray ($$$).
    Then they re-release it on Blu-Ray in a ‘Director’s Cut Super Expanded Collector’s Edition’ ($$$).
    Then they release it on regular cable ($$$).
    Then they release it on Public Broadcast (which is $$$ x 2, since gone are the days when the Advertising paid for the programming, and you pay for the Public Broadcast now through most providers).

    How Nintendo does it:

    Regular edition ($$$)
    Compact edition ($$$)
    Zelda edition ($$$)
    Bigger Screen edition ($$$)
    Pokemon edition ($$$)
    Pink edition ($$$)
    … ($$$)
    … ($$$)

    By all means, keep buying this $#%& from these @$$holes.

  • Pennywise

    OK I get this, all I want to know is how can I pay for my data a third time?

  • Anonymous

    umm.. no thanks.. video calls on my phone are done via wi-fi obviously and i can wait for a page to load on 3g or 4g which takes probably 10 more seconds on a super low signal.

  • Anonymous

    Is this their crappy way to get around net neutrality… this probably won’t pass and they’ll just take pr hit. I expect a inc failboat.

  • Anonymous

    Which means that they are apparently artificially slowing speeds for those who don’t pay “extra.”

  • Anonymous

    If I could go back to ATT and pay less for crappy service I would do that. Wait, been there, done that.

    On the other hand, someone needs to knock verizon down a few notches. Too bad no one can. I would pay money to see that.

  • I fully expect for this to have the rug pulled out from under it, this is possibly the worst movie VZW could make. 

    VZW customers already pay considerably more for service than any other carrier, but to then make a move like this?  That extra $20+ you collect from EVERY single customer you have should go to network capability and stability.  To charge on top of that, they would definitely lose a lot of customers. 

  • Anonymous

    How much more moey does Verizon want to get from us?

    • John Gaspardo

      Do you have an American Express Green card with No limit on credit cause thats what you will need to pay what they want to charge?

  • Nate Davidson

    Not sure if want…

  • Anonymous

    Maybe a time limit. Like an hour of speed a day. But to pay for it? That’s ridiculous.

  • I hope god rapes Verizon in the ass with no lube for this….

    • Daisy Don’t

      Jesus is way too sexy to fawk Verizon in the ass. 

      If you think VZW screws it’s customers, you should see what they do to their employees! FACE RAPE!

  • Tyler Vallely

    What happen’s when more than one person wants to be the #1 priority?

    • Narcotix

      Well, they wont be…. because I will always be their #1 priority… because I have stacks and stacks of $5 bills… but also because my button will be permanently glued down! 😛

  • Tyler Vallely

    Maybe when the realize no one is gonna use this they’ll bump up the price of their plans…again…oh verizon…we can never win with you…

  • Anonymous

    There shouldn’t be a charge. What they should do is optimise the network and make it better then what it is, instead of trying to nickel and dime us. What they are trying to do is wrong. Who says that they wont slow the data speed intentionally just so we would have pay extra for that so called boost…this is bullshit. Instead of coming up with this great idea of theirs why dont they say the release date for the G-Nexus.

  • Granted

    I’m never one to be serious, unless it’s a misanthropic topic, hehe, but is this article serious? I’m kind of with the post that said is this an April Fool’s joke? But more it would constitute as an November Moron’s joke I think. But yeah, this seems so messed up and abhorrent that I almost can’t believe it’s possibly real?

  • And people wonder why they’re pissed off at corporations.

  • icedrop

    Just Horrible. Sounds like a massive scam. Be scared, really scared. 

  • This is a terrible idea and just further widens the privilege gap. This is a way for them to lower the priority of the rest of our signals because we are not willing or able to pay more. We already pay for the service, they should optimize it so that everyone receives uniform experience. It would make sense for this type of service to be used by emergency services only. Now they get to charge more without saying they are charging more and lower the service quality and equality that should exist

  • Eric815

    This sounds like a plan to cripple streaming and Netflix users. This is ridiculous! Plus that means vzw can prioritize some of the bandwidth we already pay for to the premium payees. Why should we have to pay more for what we are promised. If their bandwidth is congested, then they owe it to their customers to build more infrastructure to support it. Rewarding pay per turbo customers it adds injury and more slowness to the rest of us.besides it may give them the ability to purposely throttle down our speed when using data intensive apps like Netflix unless we buck up.

  • Anonymous

    This must be to compensate for the 100kbps or less 3g speeds I have been getting since the iPhone 4S launch on Verizon.  Damn Siri stealing all the bandwidth.  Rather than make it faster, we will just charge you to cut to the front of the line.  That will do it!

  • Next thing you know they will be reducing our bandwidth limits.  Oh wait…

  • EricTheRed

    Ummmm, On LTE I’m already getting double and sometime MORE than double what my internet connection at home puts out.  Why would I pay extra for a NOS button on my phone when I already have a twin turbo v8 in my phone???  The speed I get is way faster than anything I’ve ever had.

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, this is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day.
    On the other hand, if you’re a dumb pipe, nickel and diming for access to the pipe is pretty much the only thing you can do.

  • Ray

    Where is the Middle finger button to Verizon because thats the old thing i will be pressing

    • 1loudls

      i second this, this should only be acceptable if there is also a big “suck it” button right next to it.

  • Anonymous

    This has bad idea written in binary all over it, see what I did there??

  • Jmkelly66

    What the use and having 4G. This must be some made up story.

  • Wait for it… but they cant throttle the 4g network.

  • Anonymous

    I hope someone starts tracking bandwidth speeds on VZW LTE and then again after they release this to see how much it mysteriously drops.

  • GCurry

    Here is the analogy from Big Pharma:

    The pharmaceutical industry has found a pill that makes you feel better.   Then they found a way to make you feel worse, and noticed you bought the feel-good pill more often.   Then they realized they make more money if they made you feel worse more often, so you’d take the damn feel-good pill.

    The industries that are really good at it administer the feel-bad drug every time you take the feel-good drug.   Tobacco, sugar, alcohol, most additions, etc.

  • Anonymous


  • Rizzidy

    More nickel & dime nonsense from Verizon.  I’m sick of this.

  • Eh

    If it’s only useful when the network/tower is congested then what if many people pay for it and you essentially lose your “priority”. Anyway, it seems like some sleazy money grab by Verizon.

  • Android7x

    Seems like they may “bog down” their networks intentionally just so they can justify this Turbo nonsense.

  • Arenaboi

    Will we have speed tiers, as well as data tiers?  It will be like FIOS data plans by speed, only you get to pick your data cap as well, and pay more for every bit of data, like we do now.  They are BEYOND greedy.  I will go to Sprint, and if Sprint ever switches to this, I would stop using a smartphone and just get a simple phone for calls and texts

  • This is a joke, right?

    Let’s just pretend for a second that this isn’t the stupidest idea ever. Why would they have a button for each app? Why wouldn’t they have it as part of the phone’s UI?

  • shdowman

    Everyone, the $5.00 fee is a guess by Tim.

    No one knows what they will charge. I personally doubt it will be that small an amount.

    • Anonymous

      There shouldn’t be a charge. What they should do is optimise the network and make it better then what it is, instead of trying to nickel and dime us. What they are trying to is wrong. Who says that they wont slow the data speed intentionally just so we would have pay extra for that so called boost…this bullshit. Instead of coming up with this great idea of theirs why dont they say the re
      release date for theG-Nexus.

  • ReAp

    Didn’t another large corporation add a 5 dollar fee for something?  How’d that turn out?

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of the TURBO button on old PCs

  • Verizon
    never fails to come up with more ways to get more money out of their
    customers, their already the most expensive carrier and now they want
    more money…Capitalism at its best, they need to be regulated and stop with this bullshit

  • DMX

    This button will be like sex, when you hit it, for that one minute everything will be okay. Until its over

    • Pennywise

      lol good stuff right there

  • Anonymous

    I saw this one coming ages ago.  Here’s how 2012 is likely to look for VZW customers:

    Q1 or Q2:   End of grandfathered unlimited data.  LTE will continue in buckets of the same speed.  Expect them to start throttling 3G speeds to new levels around this time to “encourage” everyone to upgrade to an LTE device.  

    Q2 ’12:  LTE iPhone 5 arrives and much network confestion ensues. Don’t be surprised if we start seeing 3G featurephones and Blackberries paying less for data than network-intensive Android and iOS devices. 

    Q2 or Q3: Citing “unprecedented demand” for their “world-class network”, VZW responds to the end of Sprint’s unlimited data by raising prices drastically across the board.

    Q3: Citing “offering less confusing options for customers” VZW will start to divvy up their LTE data packages by amount of data AND speed. 

    • Pennywise


    • M M

      You probably just quoted their plan for the next year. And the entire time i was reading this i was going: this wont f***** happen, this wont f****** happen, but in the back of my mind I know it probably will:((((

  • Anonymous

    Only if it includes a free subscription to VZNavigator and CityID 🙂

  • I seriously thought this was an April Fool’s Joke.

  • CarriersRaidmyWallet

    Who wants to setup the petition to take this down like they did the Bank of America debit card Fee.   Verizon will take whatever they can get, first it’s unlimited, then it’s tiered, now it’s pay for a boost.  Next they’ll bill you per app for network access

    • VZTryinToInnovate

      The thing is you can’t really petition it as its not forced upon you, If you would like you can be moved ahead of other users so you can get more bandwith. If you don’t like it don’t use it, the turbo boost will most likely be on verizon bloatware and verizon only apps so easy way around it is to edit your prop to get a market other than verizon and bam no turbo boost….The only bad thing I can see of this is someone using Turbo and kicking a low level or even a high level user off when they suck more bandwith cause you cant just create more out of thin air. I really don’t see what the big deal its a option for people who are in a crowded area say a football game or something who are getting slow speeds due to high volume on one tower, this happens alot in Norman during OU games if you have AT&T or Sprint you aint making a call and if you have Verizon you can get on the tower but it’s slow as hell so I could see maybe a scout or article writter maybe from another state that needs to send a clip or something back but can’t get any bandwith for a major story needing to use this.

      If you don’t like it don’t use it there just trying to give the customer more options and innovate, yes they have taken a wrong turn after the inclusion of the iPhone (thank goodness I already had Unlimited data) but there trying to help the customer and really this isn’t a horrible thing as you all make it out to be

      • Granted

        Hello devils advocate. That or you suck the teat of Big Red. Take your “logic”, and cram it up your crustacean filled vagina. I wonder which Verizon store you work at?

        • VZTryinToInnovate

          Oh you mad? Instead of cryin like a lil bitch you should read the whole article put out on it instead of jumping to assumptions. In no way should this effect customers at all, when this comes into effect you shouldn’t notice any difference in speed, connectivity, or quality of service, the only ill effect I could see of this is someone lower on the stack could get dropped call or booted off because they cant just create more bandwith and have to get it from somewhere and that I don’t agree with if is the case as I’m on Verizon instead off AT&T so I don’t have to worry about dropped calls and things like that. I also wonder if this will have any effect with ACCOLC if the turbo button adjusts your ACCOLC to just move you to a higher priority class. You all talk so negative but in reality there really arn’t any ill effects to you, only to idiots who choose to use it.

  • tjmonkey15

    I feel like this is a way for Verizon to raise their data prices without actually raising their data prices.  What a screw.

  • Barbacoa

    So how about you just stabilize the network you douche bags 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    You will pay and they will charge you just to press the button, but there will be that TOS disclaimer saying they cannot guarantee results due to network congestion.

    Ever notice all the VZW commercials touting their service and coverage AND how all the people are often inside a house or building.. and yet their TOS clearly says they cannot guarantee service indoors.

    You have to be an ahole to buy into this.

  • Verizon Boardroom “Okay guys so we gave ’em unlimited 4g so they wouldn’t abandon us when they heard about tiers, and then we throttled them for using too much bandwidth, and now we can make them pay for bandwidth they’re already paying for…”

    “I love it.”


  • the problem you have to watch out for is how long before Verizon starts selling exclusive access to the api and net neutrality goes bye bye 

  • tjmonkey15

    Wait, does this basically get translated as “you’ll have slowass connection speeds unless you give us extra $$$”?

    • Arenaboi

      exactly what I was thinking…throttling for EVERYONE, but we will lift your speed for a pay as you need speed fee.  They are downright EVIL

    • shdowman

      I would like to say “no”.

      I would really like to believe that VZW foresees a very high number of customer growth using their 4G bandwidth over the next year and for when the network gets clogged, gives people an option to gain network priority. I could see this as possibly useful for business / power users.

      I would like to believe all this is in our “best interest”.

      But I have seen nothing from them over the past year (aside from grandfathering unlimited data users) that would make me believe that in the slightest.

      It’s a “hey, we are giving you, the consumer, more options!” “Now give us more $$!!”

  • Stupid move Verizon….you throttle 4G phones even though you say you don’t so why should I pay you more to get what I already should have in the first place. I’m a rooted and have a custom rom on my Bionic that doesn’t allow throttling so no need to pay you money hungry idiots more. Hell, 4G isn’t even in my area and I have a 4G phone and you want to throttle that!!!!! REALLY!!!!!. I notice slowdowns when I’m running a stock Moto rom and now that I have a new rom on it that unthrottles my phone, I can watch youtube on 3G and listen to Pandora/Slacker without slowdown. So 😛 lol. 

  • JCS

    Wasn’t there a movie about this with Cameron Diaz?  Something about pushing a button and an anonymous iPhone users data dies out?  I think that she got the money for pushing the button instead of paying, though…

  • Kevin Parlee

    Can they throw in 5$ fees to use our debit card?

  • I would rather die than use that feature.  No…Seriously..

  • Is this for Verizon wireless or Verizon broadband internet service like DSL or FIOS?
    Either way, its still a bad idea.

  • Outrageous.  “Just not possible to get good service due to congestion… but throw a few bucks our way and the problem disappears!”

  • Wonder what they do the first time you hit the button and so does every one else.  Then everyone gets priority and you are tight back in the same boat.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    I can see them paying developers to make this “Turbo” button really big so that we keep accidentally hitting it. Doh.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Quite possibly the dumbest idea ever.

  • Marvin de Pano

    More like $5 for every minute you’re on boost.

  • This is a scam…yea press the big red button your data will fly ;p…..come on how would you even know if your data speed increased? People please be smart and don’t press the button!! Even tho pressing the button is fun,!

    • Whatever you do never touch the red button!

  • Why don’t they just boost the network? We pay more than any carrier already.

    • Kevin Parlee

      I think he means it gives bandwith priority to you

    • Anonymous

      Well, hey, we pay like $30 – $50 a month. Carriers pay millions and millions of dollars…

  • Mr. English

    Pay for something that already exists and should already be working? Yea, sounds about right for VZN and the rest of the douchebag carriers. They’re getting all the money from me that they will ever get. One plan, one phone, no extra bullish*t any more. When service starts selling as well as devices, I’ll think about opening up my wallet.

  • Levi Wilcox

    We sell you a connection that’s supposed to work and then when it doesn’t, we charge you more money! – Verizon

    Something doesn’t seem quite right about this…

  • shdowman

    Milk us Verizon, milk us. We are your sheep….

    • Gaylordfocker

      You can get milk from anything with nipples.

      • shdowman


      • except most male species………

        • Jkzin11

          Well If you milk me enough ill give milky substance, but it wont be milk.

      • I’m a man, I have nipples, come milk me focker.

      • Anonymous

        I have nipples Focker, can you get milk from me?

      • Deeptommy

        “l have nipples Greg, do you think you could milk me?”

  • Verizon just keeps looking out for the little guy…

  • bigrob60

    $5 per use?! That price is even crazier then their smartphone planes.

    • shdowman

      I want a smartphone plane!

      • bigrob60

        LOL. Nice catch. Here is you smartphone plane @ the 1:05 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg 

        • shdowman

          Make sure it’s the one with the bigger Gee Bees!!

  • KraYzeE


  • There is no good that can come of this for everyday consumers. Period. No matter how they try to spin it.

  • Anonymous

    I just figured it out! Verizon is fixing the NFC on the Gnex so users can “conveniently” pay for their wireless bills and fees without ever removing your card from your wallet. Don’t worry though, if you forget to pay a fee or a bill, they will “auto-enable” the NFC chip to draw from any available credit card source.

    • Kevin Parlee

      I’m curious, link me something to it

  • I already have a script that I can run on my Bionic called Unthrottle on TH3ORYROM that does this for me. FU Verizon! Quit trying to nickel and dime us.

  • geez…here’s my bank account Verizon, have at it, while you’re there, can you just give me unlimited bandwidth of that 4G goodness so that I can multitask on my uber expensive dual core phone that I have yet to upgrade to…

  • This is for FiOS not for Verizon Wireless.

  • Hmm…sounds like a cop out for Verizon to use when their network isn’t holding its weight!

    “Well sir, if you purchase our priority API, then you would experience less buffering and blurryness”

    …lame ol’ verizon.

    • jason6g

      my initial thought as well… instead of just offering a better network in congested areas, do a pay per use deal and weed out the cheep skates!

  • Thecommish

    Hello No! That will just give them more of a reason to slow down your connection. Sounds like an AT&T stunt!

  • such b.s.

    that is all.

    have a great weekend fellow phone hipsters

  • What a mess.  Since when does something that isn’t mediocre crap qualify as ‘premium’?  So…it’s a penny for your thoughts, and that penny goes to Verizon, who COULD just beef up their infrastructure, but would rather instead sit on what they’ve got an make us pay more for it….woohoo!

  • Cynic

    Creates a wonderful incentive for Verizon to squeeze or throttle data, to encourage people to click the turbo button……

    • Anonymous

      Exactamundo! Typical move on their part.

  • Anonymous

    This is so obnoxious. How about making sure everyone has a good experience on the network all the time!?

    • Kevin Parlee

      How dare you speak socialist words. This is a Capitolist nation!!

      • Anonymous

        True!  No spreading the wealth… er… bandwidth!  Let the hippies use dial up!!

  • Anonymous

    Usually, the ability to throttle someone up, means that others will be throttled down. If I see my LTE speeds diminish only to regain the current max speeds after paying a fee, I will be a little beyond upset.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon: Finding new ways to be a douche every day

  • Anonymous

    Screw this.

  • great little feature. but isnt worth more than $5/month for say.. i dunno 100 uses. 

  • hollywood54

    Can’t these greedy bastards just do something for there customers without charging. It’s all about the money.

  • Anonymous

    This disturbs me.  Have a feeling that the service will suffer all around, forcing everyone to use this “turbo boost” and paying out the rear as well.

    • their service wont suffer. if it slows down ppl will go to competitors. 

      • Anonymous

        1/2 speed LTE is still 2x faster than the competition.

        • Levi Wilcox

          Not really. Some HSPA+ markets are faster than the current implementation of LTE. And AT&T’s LTE network is just as fast but doesn’t have as good of penetration as Verizon’s LTE.

          • Anonymous

            Haha penetration.

  • Mike Hawk

    no thanks. I think Verizon has taken more then enough money from me

  • Anonymous

    I can’t begin to articulate how bad of an idea this for everyone except Verizon shareholders.

    • Justin Harkey

      So, buy shares…..

    • I shall sign up for this service immediately after buying Verizon shares

    • Kg2128

      Yup wouldn’t be surprised if they dialed all normal user connections back, and only let people who pay have the normal speeds we get right now. Pay more to get the same thing you had before, pay the same and get less than you had before. I’ve been a verizon customer for a longtime because of their reception but the nickel and diming is going way over the line.

      • Daisy Don’t

        OMG! Shut yer pie hole!!! You probably just gave the V-goons a friggin idea!

    • This actions is precisely why Verizon wanted mobile data to be exempt from net neutrality.  How miserable it would be for the electric company to prioritize the electricity to whoever was willing to pay the most, or charge for certain uses more.  That is what Verizon wants to do.  They couldn’t do this if there was true competition in the market – and this is why the T-Mobile / AT&T merger really should not happen.

      • k6tcher

        ^ This. +infinity

      • Anonymous

        Ahh nothing like a little Capitalism to screw us all over huh?

    • R-Rated

      I agree with Bravoleader2.@8c1d3e787faede65a950ecc67bf3712d:disqus  How do we other customers know that the Network is not just going to be holding bandwith hostage unless we “volunteer” to pay the extortion money? What if everyone pays at the same time, who would get priority then?

      This smells like the banks charge debit card fees to the cardholder to pay for the convenience . . .

      • Anonymous

        Extortion is the perfect word to describe this.

      • Nicole Watkins

        I totally agree with this.  The interesting part about that statement too – the mass cancellation of said policy to charge debit card fees, because people were pulling their money out of the banks en masse.  If we actually voted with our wallets like we all say we’re going to, companies couldn’t get away with this kind of BS.  

        Verizon is getting worse than AT&T – these companies need to stop making it so easy for us to hate them.


      If it pisses the customers off, how will that help share price… look at Netflix

      • Anonymous

        Netflix is non-essential in most people’s eyes.  Most smartphone users see their phones as essential.

    • Genius


  • Anonymous

    This sounds like a terrible idea.

  • Confused2much

    What a load of crap!  That is all.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Hell no…. money scam for suckers