To top it off, I could get the same EXACT phone and 2 year contract MINUS the $30 upgrade fee just by purchasing it as new. This makes sense how?
It is common knowledge, though, that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all have upgrade fees. In the industry, I imagine those are the only carriers that really matter. The interesting part is that VZW is NOT the highest in the industry (interesting only because they are usually the most expensive on every front).