The monthly cell phone bill for Verizon users could cost $2 more a month after January 15th. The company recently revealed a plan to charge customers who pay their bill with a credit or debit card. One way around the fee is to set up automatic payments.
Customers who do so are not charged the $2 fee. Also, customers who pay through an electronic check or from a bank’s website can also avoid the fee. Finally, a customer who pays their bill by credit card at a Verizon store is also exempt from the new fee.
This is not a new move by the Verizon family. Last year, Verizon Communications, which owns most of Verizon Wireless, introduced a $3.50 charge for customers who paid their bills for FiOSTV or Internet service by credit card. Customers loudly complained and the company decided to forgo the fee. The move by Verizon Wireless to charge a fee to customers who use their credit card will also face much criticism from customers.