Verizon will follow suit with the other major US carriers as it introduces a $30 upgrade fee beginning April 22nd. The fee will apply to existing customers purchasing a new mobile device when subsidized on a two-year contract. Verizon claims the fee “will help [the carrier] continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever.”
The fee comes in below the $36 upgrade charge of Sprint and AT&T and above T-Mobile’s $18 tariff. Coupled with the rising cost of hardware and data, it’s an additional charge Verizon customers would be happy to do without.