Verizon updating you phone
For comparison’s sake, AT&T charges for upgrade fees, Sprint (according to Verizon’s document) charges , and T-Mobile doesn’t charge a thing.
At this point, the best way to avoid paying the upgrade fee is by buying phones anywhere but at a Verizon store.
After your phone updates -- or if you have to do it manually -- you will enjoy a longer battery life with fewer dropped calls.
Verizon says that this service will give you clear, crisp connections in more places in the United States.
If you bought a phone on a payment plan or at full retail, they spared you the activation or upgrade expense. But now, even if you buy a phone at full retail at a Verizon store, which means spending around 0 on a new phone, Verizon is going to slap you with an extra fee because apparently, people like to switch devices on a regularly basis, and that is expensive…to Verizon.
Another way of putting that is, they are charging you extra because their automated systems need to automate an IMEI switch on your account that is automatic when you, yourself, put your currently activated SIM in your new phone and sit back as the automatic process completes.
Some signs that your phone needs to be updated are a larger number of dropped calls and a drain on your battery. Your phone will automatically update to the nearest towers.
The fee will be for each situation because Verizon needs “help” covering “increasing support costs associated with customers switching their devices.” Before April 4, the only fees you had to pay when getting a new phone at Verizon were during initial sign-up or when signing a new 2-year contract.
If you buy a phone outside of their walls, you won’t be charged the , since you fall into the “Customer Provided Equipment” category, or BYOD.
We’ve reached out to Verizon looking for confirmation and will update this post.
Examples of Verizon 4G Devices include, but are not limited to: Updating your phone is a free process and no airtime charges apply.
This service is available at any time, day or night.
Continue Reading Verizon phones are equipped to update when the person who is using the phone changes location.