Verizon Wireless to FCC: smart phones more costly

December 18, 2009

(AP) -- Verizon Wireless says it started charging customers more to break service contracts for smart phones because those devices cost much more.

Verizon says the difference between what it pays manufacturers for phones and what it charges contract customers is more than twice as large for "smart" phones as it is for standard cell phones.

The explanation Friday comes in response to an inquiry from the on why the carrier doubled the fees it charges customers to break service contracts on "smart" phones.

In November, the carrier doubled the maximum early termination fee for such devices to $350 from $175.

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Bob_B
Dec 18, 2009
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AMMBD
not rated yet Dec 19, 2009
bull. they don't cost that much more to make or buy wholesale.

truth is the carriers charge the massive etfs because a) they've lost out on the insanely overinflated data pricing they were sticking users with & b)how dare users change carriers

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