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).
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.