You cannot have your cake and eat it too. All Companies charge for an activation fee no matter where you go. It is the way companies Like Verizon work etc. However good quality comes with sacrafices. Complaining about it is not going to work. Fees and surcharges are regulated. The FCC regulates fees and surcharges and Verizon Wireless is governed by the FCC. The FCC is the ones you should take your greivances to.
Oh please, the FCC is not the one charging me an activation fee. Verizon sure has its fanboys,
Activation Fees are just that , Activation fees. Wireless companies charge for activation of their services. Think of it this way. take your car, Computer, or other household item to a repair person....they charge you for parts etc and they charge you for their time. Are you going to dispute their charges every time? I would think you would be blacklisted from that business. And as far as me being a fanboy, I am not even a Verizon Customer. I was merely saying the FCC regulates fee just like state and local entities. Activation fees are specific to each wireless customer and they have policies for not waiving their fees. I feel you are just spoiled and want everything for free. It is people like you who make me sick. Crying over every little penny until you get your own way. Like it or not surcharges and fees are out there it is the nature of the beast to have a service. Your local Electric company charges fees I am sure. Check into it and see if they will let you have a waived fee...I think not!
"I have had cell phone service continually since 1998 and have yet to pay a single activation fee, and not about to start now"
OK. It sounds like you don't have an issue then. Not sure why you're posting here, as this is basically a peer to peer message board.
Verizon charges activation fees, which you won't pay, so you'll either have to start using walkie-talkies, a couple of cans and a piece of string, or try using another phone service. Of course, their salespeople may tell you "no activation fees," just to get you to sign up for service, but you can always post on their board how haven't paid activation fees since '98, right before you drop that service too.
Good luck with that walkie-talkie.
ATT , Sprint, USCC, TM, Alltel,...... all have activation fees when starting a new account. If within your 14 days, take the phone back and you will get your acitvation fee back, but will pay a $35 Re-Stocking fee.