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Service for a phone I already own

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by TEZabel, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. Dude, Verizon just wants to put you in a corner. So if you have to bail or
    dump the service you'll end up paying the termination fee. I bash Verizon on
    this, but they all do it and it sucks. Shit, pre-paid is almost the way to
    go!

    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     



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  2. Dude, Verizon just wants to put you in a corner. So if you have to bail or
    dump the service you'll end up paying the termination fee. I bash Verizon on
    this, but they all do it and it sucks. Shit, pre-paid is almost the way to
    go!

    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  3. Dude, Verizon just wants to put you in a corner. So if you have to bail or
    dump the service you'll end up paying the termination fee. I bash Verizon on
    this, but they all do it and it sucks. Shit, pre-paid is almost the way to
    go!

    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  4. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  5. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  6. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  7. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  8. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  9. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  10. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  11. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  12. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  13. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  14. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  15. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  16. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  17. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  18. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  19. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     
  20. Dan Albrich

    Dan Albrich Guest

    One more thing, given that Verizon always requires a contract for new
    service, if you bite the bullet and sign up for Verizon, then you may
    as well take a free or very cheap phone at signing time and keep it
    as a backup. This enables you to drop the insurance on the phone
    given that you have another one, or some even sell the free phone
    on ebay.

    When it comes time to renew the contract, that's a little different.
    You can safely let the contract expire and simply go month to month.
    After you go month-to-month, you do have the option to provide
    your own equipment for your next upgrade without a contract renewal.

    -Dan

    --
    Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
    http://cell.uoregon.edu


    "TEZabel" <tezabel@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:fea49620.0407021147.7366424a@posting.google.com...
    > I went to a Verizon store today to activate my AirCard 555, which I
    > already own. After getting everything all set up they went over the
    > paperwork and told me this was for a 2 year contract. I told them
    > that I already own the phone and don't want a contract. They said
    > that's the only way they can activate it. This is crap. The reason
    > you sign up for a contract is so you don't have to pay full price for
    > the phone. They get their money out of you for the phone over the
    > term of the contract. If I already own the phone there is no excuse
    > for having to be tied in to a contract. Has anyone else run into this
    > B.S. and can I get around it?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Todd Zabel
    > tezabel@(no spam)wi.rr.com
     

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