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If you’re like me, that is, if you’re an Apple fanboy who gets his cell service from Verizon, the iPhone announcement has posed a dilemma for you. One one hand, in June you’ll be able to get your hands on what very well might be a […]

If you’re like me, that is, if you’re an Apple fanboy who gets his cell service from Verizon, the iPhone announcement has posed a dilemma for you.

One one hand, in June you’ll be able to get your hands on what very well might be a revolution in mobile technology. On the other hand, paying hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees isn’t exactly a delightful prospect. So when I read the news that, because of a minor hike in text messaging rates, anyone can get out of their contract for free, I felt it was my duty to inform the masses.

Come March 1st, the price for text messaging to people in North America rises to 15¢, up from 10¢, and because this constitutes a material change in our contracts, we can get out without any fees whatsoever. After that, you could stay on Verizon, paying month-by-month, or switch over to Cingular and do the same thing until June, when you can line up with the masses and joyfully accept your shackles from a new overlord two-year contract, eight months of which you’ll probably touch your iPhone only once, for fear of smudging it (you know you do it with your iPod).

[Via Engadget]

EDIT: I did a little snooping around to see if I could find anything confirming or disproving this, since many people have been skeptical, and I found a juicy little tidbit on the Verizon site.

“Our Rights To Make Changes
Your service is subject to our business policies, practices, and procedures, which we can change without notice. UNLESS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW, WE CAN ALSO CHANGE PRICES AND ANY OTHER CONDITIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME BY SENDING YOU WRITTEN NOTICE PRIOR TO THE BILLING PERIOD IN WHICH THE CHANGES WOULD GO INTO EFFECT. IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE YOUR SERVICE AFTER THAT POINT, YOU’RE ACCEPTING THE CHANGES. IF THE CHANGES HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON YOU, HOWEVER, YOU CAN END THE AFFECTED SERVICE, WITHOUT ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE, JUST BY CALLING US WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER WE SEND NOTICE OF THE CHANGE.”

60 days after March 1st is April 30th, just a month before the iPhone comes out, for those considering a hitus of service as an option while in between evil entities eager to suck the very soul from your body carriers.

By Richard Neal

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  1. Txts in Ireland cost 5 cent, and depending on the recipients network, might be totally free. Traditionally prices should go down… not up. Crazy Yanks!

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  2. Check your contract carefully. A lot of people thought the same thing when Cingular raised their texting rates but Cingular had a loophole to keep that from happening.

    I’ve tried finding the thread for that but can’t

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  3. Nice post. I was thinking of switching to verizon a few weeks ago, as my contract with T-mobile is up, but news of the iPhone has me thinking twice. What bugs me is that the iPhone will only be carried through Cingular. It’s like when the Razor came out and it took like 2 years to get it anywhere else. Did I mention that the phones they give you don’t even last through the 2 year contract half the time? The entire cell phone industry is a scam, I swear.

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  4. Rob, I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve gone through three phones in two years, lost one, and another broke out of warranty. Of course, I could always pay $10 extra a month for “insurance” against loss or damages, but with my luck, that phone will end up lasting me four years.

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  5. I get & appreciate what you’re saying. And in a fair & just Universe you’d be right, but my lawyerly reading of… “IF THE CHANGES HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON YOU, HOWEVER, YOU CAN END THE AFFECTED SERVICE, WITHOUT ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE…..”

    So, ok, I can send/be sent a message(“HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT”)…. but all Verizon has to do then is disable your SMS capabilities (“END THE AFFECTED SERVICE”).

    More power to the customer service warrior who wins this fight, but I don’t see Big V rolling over en masse on this one. My Blackjack dreams depend on my being wrong…..

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  6. So does this mean that we lose the right to end out contract if we use the phone in any way after receiving written notice? How would they know exactly when we received it? All this info has me confused. Maybe someone could post a list of answers to all the questions, such as… If we have a package that includes messaging do we still qualify to breal our contract? Etc.

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  7. Michele: If you pay your bill anytime after March 1st, that counts as accepting the new contract, and any leverage you had is gone. I’m not sure about the messaging package, however, but you could always cancel it now.

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  8. It has something to do with phones. More specifically, the buttons on phones.

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  9. [...] I’m not going to get an iPhone, but I know some VZW users do want an iPhone. And fortunately for those users, they can get out of their contract risk, and fee free. One one hand, in June you’ll be able to get your hands on what very well might be a revolution in mobile technology. On the other hand, paying hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees isn’t exactly a delightful prospect. So when I read the news that, because of a minor hike in text messaging rates, anyone can get out of their contract for free, I felt it was my duty to inform the masses. [...]

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  10. Great information! It still kills me that the iPhone will only be offered through $#@*% Cingular/ AT&T. Everyone has their own nightmare and AT&T was mine (try a $650 bill becuase I lived in a fringe area) and Cingular service is the worst rated in the country (had that too). Of course, Verizon won’t let you do anything without paying through the nose for it- but at least I can talk.

    I just wish Apple had bought airtime and run their own service- yea, I know it’ll never happen, but I can dream…

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