"Verizon's Wireless Network Extender: No Control Over Who Gets Access But You Get To Pay The Cost"
User09348
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Back on May 9, 2013, Forbes published an article by Mark Gibbs describing a number of issues with the Verizon Network Extender.

"Verizon's Wireless Network Extender: No Control Over Who Gets Access But You Get To Pay The Cost"

Reviewing the "Network Extender FAQs" published by Verizon as of August 24, 2015, it appears that the situation has not changed since Gibbs assessment in May of 2013. I think Mark Gibbs' assessment makes sense. It seems that a fair deal would be for Verizon to provide customers with free hardware for the Network Extender and to provide some monthly subsidy for the customer's network bandwidth that the device consumes.

Has anyone had success getting a more fair deal on the Network Extender from Verizon? Alternatively, is there a different rationale that could justify a Verizon customer paying Verizon to help Verizon create more product?

It is also worth noting that the Network Extender device should have been obsoleted by phones with direct support for VoIP. I will post that as a separate topic.

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