Is Verizon Wireless charging you a bogus Early Termination Fee? FairShake can help.
Telecommunications companies are always offering new deals and promotions, discounts especially on products. You may recall different promotional advertisements where you get a new phone or a discounted phone. Phones today can be worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars and as such, the deal offered to you might save you a few hundred dollars.
But what is to stop you as the customer from taking that deal, getting the new phone, and then 2 weeks later canceling your service for someone else? Theoretically that is the early termination fee, the thing that stops you from taking advantage of companies and the deals they offer.
Still, some companies charged particularly excessive fees for their departing customers, an issue that made headlines a decade prior.
Verizon Wireless charges a very significant early termination fee. Verizon Wireless charges an average of $350. There are two important aspects to the early termination fee you must understand:
You need to review your bill to see if it has the early termination fee listed in the fine print, usually the last few pages of the bill that most people disregard. You can also check out your full contract with the company as well as the terms and conditions.
No. Early termination fees are not illegal. They are perfectly legal so long as they are not excessive. The excessive nature of the fees was the source of the FC see charges and the subsequent lawsuit.
Early termination fees are intended to recover legitimate costs but when they are too extreme, they’re used as a form of coercion, forcing customers to stay with a company because they can’t afford to pay the high fee to leave the company. It’s important to note that Verizon denied doing anything wrong and in spite of this, there are still reasonable early termination fees that are completely legal and those are what you paid today.
Still, back in 2008 Verizon Wireless paid 21 million dollars to settle a lawsuit stating that the early termination fees they charge to some customers excessive and unfair. The FCC decided that charging customers over $200 was excessive.
Every account is different and some Verizon Wireless contracts include the early termination fee because they are one or two-year long contracts and Verizon Wireless is trying to compensate for the lost income.
Yes, you can try. Contact Verizon customer service first. Make sure you have a notepad near you so that you can write down the names and any Affiliated identification for the representatives with whom you speak, especially if you reach an agreement with them.
One of your best options here is to try and work for a prorated deal especially if you are only canceling one line or number and not your entire contract. Even still you can negotiate before you enter into a contract or when you are preparing to leave Verizon Wireless.
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