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Josh Bancroft just took advantage of a free out from his Verizon Wireless contract based on information from The Consumerist. Now that Verizon is increasing the text message rates by 50% from $.10 to $.15 each, you’re within your rights to get out of your contract […]

Josh_bancroftJosh Bancroft just took advantage of a free out from his Verizon Wireless contract based on information from The Consumerist. Now that Verizon is increasing the text message rates by 50% from $.10 to $.15 each, you’re within your rights to get out of your contract without the $175 early termination fee if the increased rates materially affect you adversely.

I’m personally staying with Verizon Wireless even though I just got a secondary plan through T-Mobile. If you’ve been looking for an out however, this might be your best chance to do so without forking over $175. I highly recommend reading Josh’s post first; not only does he share details of his dropped plan, but he outlines his new setup with a Cingular 8525 and mentions how he’s using GrandCentral as a single, centralized phone number. Ron P. mentioned GrandCentral to me in his comments yesterday; thanks for the heads up! I already have a GC number and never thought to add it to My Faves; great tip!

  1. Oh, I knew about the text messaging fee change a while ago. But it happened to coincide with my office moving to a place where I no longer got any Verizon signal (Intel’s Jones Farm campus is covered by a GSM tower on site, but no CDMA if you get more than 15 feet away from an outside wall!). So I had to seriously consider switching to Cinuglar, or have a phone that didn’t work most of the day. Now that there’s HSDPA to take care of my high speed wireless jones (no way I could give up EVDO without it – I’m jealous of the EVDO rev. A speeds you are seeing, James!), the move to Cinuglar was inevitable.

    Now to decide what Cinuglar phone I should get my wife. Think I can talk her into a Blackjack? ;-)

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  2. Cingular, Cingular, Cingular.

    :)

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  3. Since Sprint raised phone insurance premiums recently, I have seen posts advising that I could get out of my 2-yr contract, but no way! I’ll keep my PCS Vision.

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