Verizon Wireless

Beginning June 1, Verizon is changing their upgrade program, Edge, so that the number of monthly payments for a device changes from 24 months to 20 months. Verizon is also changing the percentage of a device’s costs that a customer will need to pay off before they can upgrade from 50% to 60%.

Edge Next Jump

We wanted a way out of our two-year contracts early, without paying an early termination fee. Each carrier has done that for us, although the ETF is really just parsed out differently. Be it making sure your device is half paid for like Verizon asks, or a monthly fee for the option to leave, you’re still paying for that ETF in some way.

AT&T Next is a scam

This is another instance in a long line of carriers’ acting as though mobile devices are theirs to dole out at their whim, on their terms. Rather than offering something fair, they’re preying on our impatience as consumers.