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Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
browneyes31
Member

Living in a rural area of Pennsylvania, Verizon is the best provider for coverage and reception.  That's my positive comment for them.  The one issue that I continue to have with Verizon is the amount they charge for a basic phone.  My husband prefers a basic phone.  He does not want to go to a smartphone, as he just want a phone to call and do limited texting.  It is time to upgrade and with the exception of two very bare bones basic phones running around $.99, the other basics are going for $80 and up!  My new smartphone was FREE!!!  Verizon needs to stop punishing the basic phone user.  Not everyone wants all the bells and whistles of a smartphone.  Because it is so hard to find a provider that gives good coverage and reception in our area, we are trapped by Verizon.  That's my big gripe - Thanks for letting me share!!!

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Re: Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
SuzyQ
Community Leader
Community Leader

You can always check swappa.com or eBay, or Amazon for basic phones....as long as they are branded Verizon, and have a clean ESN, (not reported as lost or stolen, no past due balance on the previous account, and you can check this with Verizon prior to purchase) they may be cheaper than a contract or full price basic phone.

Re: Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
frommage
Novice

Also you arent getting something for nothing. That "free" smartphone you bought required you to have a data plan, so after several months your smartphone costs way more so basic phones aren't being, as you say penalized. Smartphones are the way of the world now. Depending on the plan you are on or can switch to and the data you use you both can possibly share data for the same cost you are paying now.

Re: Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
davidLO
Member

I agree that Verizon is pressing to eliminate the basic phone. I am sorry.  Some of us cannot afford the bells and whistles and just need to communicate.

Re: Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
Verizonisascam2

That's vz business model. Less basic more money. Thieves

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Verizonisascam2

No need for a data plan when you're very limited on using it.  The phone works with wifi but they want to scam people and make them think it needs Internet

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Re: Punish the Basic Phone Users!!!
frommage
Novice

Then get a prepay.

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