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I noticed that my Verizon Wireless bill increased so I looked a closer into the invoice and found this notice on my 7/2013 bill that I received in August.


"Notice Of Change To Regulatory Charge
Beginning August 1, 2013, the monthly Regulatory Charge for voice and
email plans will change from $0.16 per line each month to $0.21 per line
each month. For Mobile Broadband plans, the Regulatory Charge will
remain at $0.02 per line each month. For information regarding the
Regulatory Charge, call 1-888-684-1888."


I have seen this before and people have been able to cancel without an early termination fee.



Slickdeals Post 12/2011


It seems that Verizon changed the language on the contract which essentially says if they credit you back the fees then you can't cancel.
"If you're a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been
affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee if we fail
to negate the change after you notify us of your objection to it."


Link to the contract [verizonwireless.com] (assuming this is the one that applies to everyone but I may be mistaken)


Has anyone else noticed this and try to cancel without the early termination fee?

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Wow this is really pathetic. I have a hard time believing that a $0.05/mo increase can be proven to cause material hardship.
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Wow this is really pathetic. I have a hard time believing that a $0.05/mo increase can be proven to cause material hardship.
hardship never had anything to do with it... it's simply a change, regardless of how big or small it is
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hardship never had anything to do with it... it's simply a change, regardless of how big or small it is
"material adverse effect" basically means hardship. Trying to beat out an ETF over something trivial is essentially trying to find a loophole to get out of a contract that you intended to follow through with when it was signed. Indirectly, this passes additional costs onto other Verizon customers. It is possible that OP could avoid the ETF, but it is somewhat of a scummy way to go about it.
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Every change Verizon has made in the last 6+ years has made them terms and services less consumer friendly while raising costs and increasing their profits.

Who remembers the New Every Two 100$ credit?

Being Able to Update 4 months before your contract is up?

Not having to pay a meaningless "Upgrade fee"?

Unlimited Data?

I can keep going with this list. Everything Verizon does is very anti-consumer. I would jump at this opportunity to terminate my contract early, I have no desire to really leave verizon, but I prefer the freedom. Despite everything I recognize that VZW provides the best service out there and I have no intention of leaving.
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Despite everything I recognize that VZW provides the best service out there and I have no intention of leaving.
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That is a great option, but I have 5 lines, 3 of them are smart phones, 2 of them have and need unlimited Data. I am still on an older 1400 minute plan, and have unlimited data. I also enjoy having a higher end smartphone.
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All the extra fees they add are too much. None of those fees get charged on prepaid plans.
The only reason I went with verizon was to get the iphone 5. Now they raise the fees just because they feel like it. If there was a good phone available on some prepaid plan I would stick with that

Can I just start paying 5 cents less on my bill and just say, "oh its only 5 cents, its not material". They will start charging me late fees then probably suspend my account.

My corporate discount used to be good but now its discounted only on the data portion only not the phones. The 2 phones make up more than half of the total so the discount ends up being less significant.
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Translation; "It's not my fault, I blame everyone else."
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"Can Verizon Wireless Change This Agreement or My Service?
We may change prices or any other term of your Service or this agreement at any time,but we'll provide notice first, including written notice if you have Postpay Service. If you use your Service after the change takes effect, that means you're accepting the change. If you're a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee if we fail to negate the change after you notify us of your objection to it."

Is this Verizon's way out of cancelling the ETF?
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Is this Verizon's way out of cancelling the ETF?
Of course. If you object, they'll offer to not raise your fees that five cents as a one time courtesy, just for you.

And with that, your ability to get out of your contract ends.
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"material adverse effect" basically means hardship.
so then the opposite would be "excessive wealth", right? - why should Verizon be allowed to get "excessive wealth" by not honoring the contracts it got into?
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so then the opposite would be "excessive wealth", right?
No.
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why should Verizon be allowed to get "excessive wealth" by not honoring the contracts it got into?
It is called Capitalism. Also, you have a choice NOT to sign a contract with a provider. You even have a choice NOT to own a cell phone.
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since verizon customer base is over 100 million, they will be pocketing about an extra 5 million. if i didn't have 2 lines with 1400 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data for $145 a month...i would jump ship
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Do people feel the same if the subscriber must forfeit the subsidized device they received when signing the agreement, assuming it is in good working order?

I am assuming someone who uses one of these loopholes in month two of a twenty-four month agreement is able to keep the device free and clear, with a clean ESN? That could explain the number of new devices on Craigslist at any given time. That or people take an upgrade and keep their previous device?
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