On April 22nd, Verizon will begin charging a $30 upgrade fee when existing customers buy a new phone on a new contract. It's the sad end of the free upgrade era.
Right now, Verizon is the last major carrier to skip the fee. AT&T and Sprint both charge $36, and T-Mobile charges $18. Verizon says the fees will go toward providing "Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts" for customers—and who says they won't? But there's always been a slime factor to giving folks a discount on a phone for signing a new contract, then charging a fee for taking the discount. Verizon ain't alone on this, but it's still a sorrowful thing that we've got one more universal, idiotic fee. [Verizon via BGR]