Verizon will soon charge a $20 upgrade fee even if you pay full price for a phone

The “upgrade fee” has always been one of the shadiest aspects of the wireless industry. Providers like Verizon and AT&T charge $40 and $15 respectively for customers buying new smartphones under contract or through upgrade plans like Next — in addition to the phone’s cost and your monthly data plan. But Verizon is taking things to a new, terrible level, according to MacRumors. Beginning April 4th, Verizon will charge a $20 upgrade fee even for customers buying a device outright / paying full price. So if you’re handing Verizon $800 for an iPhone 6S or a Galaxy S7 Edge, well, that makes no difference. They’ll still empty your pockets for another $20. Pretty ludicrous.

Oh but it gets even worse, my friends. The new fee will also apply if…

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