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Verizon is Waiving $35 Activation Fees This Weekend

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Through the weekend, Verizon is slashing their usually applied $35 activation fee from orders of new phones. While you’ll still pay a $30 upgrade fee if you are a current customer, new customers shouldn’t be charged the $35 it typically costs to get your new phone up and running on Big Red’s network.

Also, the “VERIZON30” coupon code still works for those interested in saving 30% off of a new phone. 

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Via:  @VZWnews

Cheers Jaxon!

  • JanetMiller88

    I wouldnt mind an extra income like this.. b­o­w­6­.­c­o­m­

  • ver

    I ordered my phone with no problem and even asked the customer service rep too about it and she said that it was being honored by Verizon and even notated my account and even sent me a copy of the notations stating that Verizon was bound to continuing the unlimited plan.

  • Notthedroidyourlooking4

    How about we use a word other than rape – since you use it so lightly here and it is anything but a word to throw around.

  • shamatuu

    weekend deal only so worth it.

  • liontamer

    Got a note 3. Hoping the deal is legit.

  • Jaxon Wright

    Cheers to you, Kellen. lol

  • Robert Boluyt

    Now you too can have low data caps, intentionally delayed updates, restricted phone choices, and inactivatable tablets!

  • GutterIsATool

    No activation fee? Sweet! I’ll head over there with my new LTE Nexus 7 right now!!

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  • No I Cant Hear You Now

    It can’t be for Verizon because it says it is on the best network.

  • Thomas

    “Want to be on the best network”, I laughed so hard when I read that.

    • Diablo81588

      What’s so funny? It’s by far the best when it comes to network coverage.

      • Thomas

        Yeah but the worse when it comes to anything else…. Updating, Locking Down Phones, Logos….

        • schlanz

          Which has absolutely nothing to do with their network.. which JD Power recently awarded them top rankings in all 6 regions, a first in the industry. There’s nothing to laugh about at that claim.. it’s pretty much common knowledge.

          • Frettfreak

            totally agree. Their coverage is hands down the best. As long as your are ok getting a$$ raped for it, they have the best coverage.

          • Big_EZ

            Their network is absolutely, hands down, the best in the country, but I wouldn’t listen to anything JD Power says because they said Verizon also has the best customer service.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Lol after i just picked up my G2. Time to go back and get $60 refunded.

  • donkeykong85

    when they waive making me get rid of unlimited data i might sign a new contract.

  • Something is coming and they want you to buy now. Might be the Moto maker Moto X maybe? They don’t want to waive these fees when that comes out for sure.

  • Adam Klein

    For those looking to keep unlimited data and grab a moto x this is a decent opportunity. Open a new account, use verizon30 discount, then cancel service. It works out to $502.17 after taxes here in Washington. That’s less than they’re going for on ebay.

    • Trevor

      Haha sad that this is the route people have to take nowadays, but good advice nonetheless!

    • capecodcarl

      Is there some limit to how many times you can do that? I don’t understand why everyone wouldn’t just go in, pay $100 for an iPhone 5c on a new line, then before even walking out of the store terminate the second line, pay the $350 ETF and have a $550 iPhone 5c for $450. You’d think they’d at least adjust their MSRPs to be in line with the actual subsidized price + ETF to stop people from wasting their time creating new lines and then immediately cancelling them.

      • schlanz

        Your credit application for additional lines would be held for review and denied after doing this once. It’s called first party fraud and it will destroy your credit. Its a common problem with mobile carriers and the scammers who attempt it know better than to do it one at a time.. they try to do as many as possible before cancelling the service or just not paying the bill until its shut off by the carrier.

        • capecodcarl

          What is fraudulent about it though? You’re fulfilling your contract by paying the early termination fee. I don’t mean skipping out on the fee.

          • schlanz

            Its considered fraudulent to enter a service contract agreement that you have no intention of fulfilling any part of from the start.

          • Spider210

            Call it what you want but, if you cancel before 3 days you aren’t even responsible for the activation fee! That is straight from their TOS

          • schlanz

            While there’s definitely no way of telling why someone cancels after 3 days, and paying the etf will protect your credit, the credit approval dept will have to manually review an application for someone who has started service and canceled straight after. The chances of being approved a 2nd time may be unlikely, especially if its discovered you canceled within the return period but kept the equipment.

            Also I’m not certain, but I’d wager to guess cancelling and keeping the equipment would not waive your activation fee.

          • Frettfreak

            just wanted to make this abundantly clear for anyone coming through here that the only thing that will show on your actual credit report is an inquiry from verizon as long as you pay the fees associated with the ETF and such.


            Schlanz, if you work at verizon, tell whoever told you this to stop. I run credit reports, help people understand their credit, really i do a lot of things with credit in my job. Corporate may have told you to say this, but it really is just a lie.

          • schlanz

            It will most certainly effect your credit in an instance of non-pay for an etf or delinquent account (though it may go to a collections agency first and they report it)

            I already said paying the etf will protect your credit. Though in most cases of first party fraud the person simply does not pay their bill and lets it go into delinquent status.

            Still, to save yourself $100 to go through all this trouble and potentially make things harder for you to get service from Verizon (wireless or residential) when you may legitimately need it in the future seems pretty silly. Not to mention its just dishonest. Sorry to be the morality police.

          • arlhokie

            It’s not dishonest at all. The contract specifies that you may terminate and pay a termination fee. What’s dishonest about abiding by the terms of your contract. It’s Verizon’s fault for setting the full retail price higher than the contract price + termination fee.

          • schlanz

            It’s dishonest because you are getting a subsidy in exchange for a 2 yr commitment to service which you have no intention of keeping from the getgo. Obviously its a different case entirely if you plan to use the service and then your circumstances change afterwards.

          • Big_EZ

            But the early termination fee is paid, so no fraud committed, and it’s not dishonest.

          • flatrock

            Verizon locks you into a 2 year contract, and then if your phone gets stolen or breaks after the warranty is over they force you to pay full price for the phone. The full price never goes on sale, and since you generally have to get the phone through them or though a company who they have considerable influence over the full price is artificially inflated. You can’t just buy a factory unlocked phone, because they have a CDMA network.

            Is that dishonest? The fact that they are keeping the full price artificially high compared to GSM carriers isn’t spelled out in the contract. It’s less honest in my opinion that agreeing to either fulfilling a 2 year contract or paying an ETF and then choosing the ETF option. By paying the ETF you are fulfilling your obligations under the contract. Verizon is the one who writes up the contract and this is far from a new issue. They could change the contract if they felt it was in their best interests.

            They leave it they way it is, but never lower the full price when they put phones on sale because it makes them money. THey have set activation fees and ETF fees to the prices that they feel work best for them overall. They are the ones that set the rules.

            I can’t wait until Verizon moves over to voice over LTE and CDMA goes away. Then Verizon will no longer be able to ban factory unlocked devices from their network and we will see some competition in the market for phones on their network.

          • schlanz

            Full retail prices do drop. Hence why the G2 is (or was, recently) 450 full retail, the droid lineup also dropped $100 from full retail, as well as the moto x.

            Its not VZW fault if you dont insure your phone. Its offered. And they dont force you to buy a full retail phone if you’re in a jam. You are free to find a working device any way you see fit. Its ridiculous to assume you should be able to get a subsidized phone every time you need one, regardless of the artifical markup. And GSM carriers have the exact same policy.

            Verizon also offers certified pre owned, not saying they are the best to choose from or competitively priced although they do come with a warranty unlike a phone you buy on Craigslist (unless its still under a year old)

          • flatrock

            I thought I heard the G2 had been on sale without contract, but when I asked at the Verizon store they said it was just the upgrade price that had been on sale. Not the first time someone at a retail store got something wrong and won’t be the last.

            Although to be honest, I think that sale was via their web site only, so the guy in the store may have been correct as far as he was concerned.

            However, if you go to different resellers online you will find that while a number has lower prices for an upgrade phone, they all have the exact same price for a replacement device. Verizon is limiting competition.

            It’s not Verizon’s fault if I choose not to get insurance, but that has absolutely nothing to do with them inflating the full price of phones for use on their network. I did choose to insure my phone. Mostly because more often than not I’ve had phones stop functioning within two years of heavy use but not abuse. I’ve never had to replace a phone due to accidental abuse but as far as phones surviving 2 years I’m 1 for 3 with Blackberry. Zero for one with HTC. Zero for one with Apple. It has been a button or connector that failed in each case. The one blackberry that has survived is not quite two years old yet and isn’t my primary phone, so that may be a factor in it lasting this long.

            So yes I’m a little frustrated that I have to pay for at least an extended warranty if not full insurance just to make it through the contract period. And I’m very irritated with Verizon for profiting from the apparent quality issues by inflating the full price.

          • schlanz

            The G2 was on sale in the store. The full retail and the upgrade price. Old phones do get lowered as well, the gs3 is 399 full retail. Sadly a lot of reps in the stores dont know all their stuff but tbh there is tons of stuff to know with new things and trainings every week. Its a lot to keep up on and for things like full retail prices, its not unusual to not be able to know them all from memory when there are so few of them sold in the first place.

            I work in a corporate store and can tell you the number of full retail phones we sell is so insignificant that vzw isnt really profitting much on them. And verizon isnt the only one responsible for marking up phones 300% of their material cost. New phones are priced the same way everywhere. I know you want to paint VZW as a soulless evil corporation, and in some ways I suppose you can argue they are, but this really isn’t one of them.

            Sucks you’ve had so many warranty issues with your phones. Definitely worth 3 bucks a month to have basically a lifetime warranty.

          • flatrock

            I understand that Verizon is in business to make money, and that their primary loyalty is and has to be to their shareholders.

            I dislike the fact that because they still use a CDMA network for voice they are able to block factory unlocked phones from their network.

            I really dislike that because they have the best network and because I have a grandfathered unlimited plan I have no viable alternatives.

            My argument that I dislike them because they are by far my best choice isn’t entirely rational.

            Thanks for the information about sales at Verizon Stores. It seems to me that other stores don’t put the month to month price on sale, but I guess I just need to be patient and wait for a sale at Verizon or I can pat the ETF and the activation fee and to get the sale price somewhere else.

          • sk3litor

            You should go work for verizon.they would be hapoy to have a “legal loophole” finder to scam people on payroll.

          • sk3litor

            Plus I think they would just put a block on the esn so that the phone couldnt be hooked up anyway. And if they dont they should. Im with you I cant stand dishonest people.

          • schlanz

            Nah they don’t do that. Only reported lost/stolen devices go on a block list.

            I suppose it can’t be considered fraud so long as the etf is paid. Still consider it dishonest though. And again, most people doing this simply let the account become delinquent. In my 3 years of selling devices I’ve never had someone disconnect in a matter of days just to shadily get a device a little cheaper than full retail.

          • sk3litor

            I guess you’re right but like you said what a hassle for a hundred bucks. Get a job loser.

          • flatrock

            If they blocked the ESN they would have to refund your money. If you pay the ETF you have fulfilled the contract. Following the agreed upon contract isn’t dishonest. This isn’t some unexpected loophole that they just haven’t plugged yet. It’s simply the way the contract works. You can back out at any time, but you have to pay the early termination fee. The phone is yours, it can only be used on their network, but they can’t block it and make it useless or they aren’t holding up their end up the agreement.

          • mustbepbs

            How is it dishonest if you’re playing by their rules? They give you the way to do it, legally. What is so immoral about it?

          • Tim242

            If you pay the ETF, you are fulfilling it.

        • Tim242

          They only check your credit when you first sign up for service. You are approved for a certain number of lines. You can add and cancel them at any time.

          • schlanz

            We actually do a credit check each and every time there is a contract involved. So believe it or not even upgrades have a soft credit check although typically they are automatically approved provided their are no flags on the account. Accounts can be flagged for automatic manual review which are triggered by certain things such as adding/disconnecting service repeatedly. It can also be manually flagged by someone who suspects first party fraud.

          • Frettfreak

            it might “ruin your credit” with verizon, but dont think for a second that this goes on your credit report. Only thing that shows on your actual report would be the inquiry from verizon.

        • Big_EZ

          It’s not fraud, they are doing everything legally.

        • mustbepbs

          I asked the Verizon rep when I did this last year for a contract ending in a few months and she told me it had nothing to do with my credit.

          Stop lying.

          • schlanz

            Read again. I already said your credit is safe if you pay the etf BUT most of the time people scam VZW and other carriers for subsidized equipment they let the account go into delinquency and that DOES effect your credit.

  • Jason Downing

    Way to remind your customers how much you’re screwing them… Sad part is that most customers will see it as a positive

  • cgmartin33

    Do people still buy phones at Verizon and pay twice as much as say…Costco? Even Best Buy and now Walmart are better options than those up-selling thief’s that don’t even understand the devices they push.

    • sagisarius

      Yeah… I think Verizon is turning into the network for rich people. They have coverage everywhere… but you’ll pay a ton for it.

      • Tim242

        Over a third of the US population is not rich.

      • schlanz

        Because only rich people can afford $100 a month cell phone bills?

        Not to mention, you can activate an iPhone 4/4s or 3G Android on their $60 monthly prepay plan.

  • Brandon

    What’s this all about? Different fee?

    • Brandon

      Never mind, decided to read the post and current customers are still charged. Lame.

      • Frettfreak

        besides.. its an activation fee that is being waived, not an upgrade fee. Lots of labels for the same basic fee is a great way to screw customers.

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  • Scott Kart

    Gentler rape is still rape.

  • Tony Kuligowski

    Does not work if trying to pay full retail…lame!

  • Tom Luley

    VERIZON30 did NOT work for me when upgrading a phone on my line this past week…Weird

  • Oz

    will the code work for upgrades?

    • drose0

      I couldn’t get it to work on an upgrade.

  • drose0

    Just ordered a new device… couldn’t get the coupon to work. Must only be on select phones.

    • Big e

      It worked a few weeks ago when I got a moto x