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Sorry, Guys: No More Free Verizon Phone Upgrades: $30 Fee Starts April 22

11 Apr

On April 22nd, Verizon will begin charging a$30 upgrade fee when existing customers buy a new phone on a new contract. It’s the sad end of the free upgrade era.

Right now, Verizon is the last major carrier to skip the fee. AT&T and Sprint both charge $36, and T-Mobile charges $18. Verizon says the fees will go toward providing “Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts” for customers—and who says they won’t? But there’s always been a slime factor to giving folks a discount on a phone for signing a new contract, then charging a fee for taking the discount. Verizon ain’t alone on this, but it’s still a sorrowful thing that we’ve got one more universal, idiotic fee. [Verizon via BGR]

No More Free Phone Upgrades: Verizon’s $30 Fee Starts April 22nd.

With the advancement of technology, do you think electronic subscriptions will fully replace paper newspapers & magazines, especially with the fragmentation of fees like with the NY Times app?

6 Dec

New York Times' electronic subscription

The plan has gotten a lot of skepticism since it launched in March because of its unusual porousness and complexity. Users can still access up to 20 articles for free every four weeks before having to pay, but some of its blogs and other content are outside the paywall. And people who come to any articles through searches, social media and blogs will still be able to read those article regardless of the monthly limit (so there are all sorts of ways to beat the system and get in for free, like altering the URL).

Today’s form letter, signed by a marketing executive for the company, doesn’t do much to make me more excited about how the Times is going about charging. It uses the tried-and-true print subscription tactic that you’ve seen newspapers and magazines use for decades. “Continue your unlimited access and pay 99¢ for your first 8 weeks,” the email exclaims.

After that point, the cost goes up $3.75 a week for the basic access plan. It includes the web and a mobile app, but not tablets and other features, which you’ll have to pay more for. A yearly cost for the base plan comes out to $195. It’s on the high end of digital subscription costs, although a little lower than what its rival, The Wall Street Journal, currently offers.

via Despite All The Issues, I’m Ready To Buy My Digital Subscription To The New York Times | TechCrunch.

Bank of America CANCELS $5 debit card fee! Finally listens to customers.

2 Nov

 

“We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks and recognize their concern with our proposed debit usage fee,” said David Darnell, Bank of Americas co-chief operating officer. “Our customers voices are most important to us. As a result, we are not currently charging the fee and will not be moving forward with any additional plans to do so.”

via Bank of America drops $5 debit card fee – Nov. 1, 2011.

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