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The Federal Communications Commission says it will look into Verizon's (VZ +0.3%) decision to...

The Federal Communications Commission says it will look into Verizon's (VZ +0.3%) decision to charge $2 for one-time online and telephone bill payments. "On behalf of American consumers, we're concerned about Verizon's actions and are looking into the matter," an FCC official says.
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  • Stone Fox Capital
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    seriously? The FCC doesn't have something better to do. Not to mention, why doesn't VZ get to chose? This is exactly why the FCC didn't allow the T-Mobile merger. Consumers have other options.
    30 Dec 2011, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • David Urban
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    So paying by check is free but by credit card costs $2? Makes no sense whatsoever.
    30 Dec 2011, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    David Urban
    So paying by check is free but by credit card costs $2? Makes no sense whatsoever.
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    VZ is charged by credit card company

     

    If I Pay by credit card my Property tax (Santa Clara County, CA), there is a fee of 2.5%
    The fee for paying with an electronic check is $15.00 ($27.00 for large amounts).
    Paying by check is free

     

    I have automatic payment with VZ. There is no fee for that
    30 Dec 2011, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • David Urban
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    This whole fee business is getting out of control. I can see automatic payment being free but the cost of processing a piece of paper, be it a money order or check is outrageous when compared to a credit card.

     

    I see the same thing in tickets. There is a charge on the NHL's Winter Classic of $40 per ticket for the convenience of printing the thing and if I want to go to see an art exhibition at my local museum they charge me $2.50 for a free ticket.

     

    There is an answer to this and it is called Dwolla.
    30 Dec 2011, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    David Urban
    if I want to go to see an art exhibition at my local museum they charge me $2.50 for a free ticket.
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    Long time ago
    When I was USSR citizen
    I used to believed that things, which I received from Government, were given to me for free
    Later I discovered
    I actually paid for them
    and
    I was overcharged

     

    IMPO
    $2.50 for a free ticket for an art exhibition is OK price
    30 Dec 2011, 04:52 PM Reply Like
  • David Urban
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    It is more the point that I get charged when they do no work in the process (mailing, sending it by email, etc) and then advertise it for free.
    31 Dec 2011, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Jackson999
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    Verizon customers would probably bail like BofA's customers did when they tried to apply that $5 fee for ATM withdrawals, but most cell phone customers are locked into 2 year contracts and can't leave.

     

    Two year cellphone contracts is what the FCC should be looking into!

     

    Also, can Verizon change payment details to people who are under a contract during the term of the contract?
    30 Dec 2011, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • dvov
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    You can pay automatically on your credit card without charge. If it costs the company to process individual credit card payments, it should be able to charge for it. The FCC should stay out of this. Customers have a choice to change providers if they don't approve.
    30 Dec 2011, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Jackson999
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    BS! Any CC charges are part of the cost of doing business. You build these prices into what you charge, not break out every tiny little thing.

     

    An increasing number of landlords in Calif are playing this game lately by charging separately for water and garbage services while NOT reducing rents (where these charges per previously incorporated).
    30 Dec 2011, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • spo34
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    Like most of cell phone companies your in a 2 year contract! Hard to leave early without incurring major penalty's...
    31 Dec 2011, 12:32 AM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    spo34
    Like most of cell phone companies your in a 2 year contract! Hard to leave early without incurring major penalty's...
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    And penalty is to pay back discount one received while ordering their phone.
    Of cause stingy me always orders cheapest unbreakable Samsung, which has full price about $30 and with discount comes to $0
    31 Dec 2011, 03:27 AM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    Jackson999
    An increasing number of landlords in Calif are playing this game lately by charging separately for water and garbage services while NOT reducing rents (where these charges per previously incorporated).
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    If you only know how much water and garbage services and energy prices went up, you would not be so surprised by landlords actions
    If you want a Big Green Government in CA, accept associated cost
    30 Dec 2011, 03:58 PM Reply Like
  • Jackson999
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    Ooh, the poor landlord is probably just making ends meet, right? Like the same stories about how the supermarkets only make a few percent profit and movies never make a profit (but they keep making them). It's all bull.

     

    My landlord and all of his extended family all seem to be driving relatively new, high-end Mercedes, Porches and so forth. The reason is because they are greedy bastards who pull tricks like this.

     

    If the water prices are going up so much, then put meters in and charge for the water - but lower the rent to give back the amount of the water charge that was previously built-in. Same with any other fees they want to break out! Sheese.
    30 Dec 2011, 06:52 PM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    Jackson999
    My landlord and all of his extended family all seem to be driving relatively new, high-end Mercedes
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    Before I became owner of condo, I had landlord too
    He was old. Old Chinese who almost was no English. He already retired and before that he worked 7 day per week low paying jobs his entire life
    I was almost no English too at that time
    31 Dec 2011, 03:17 AM Reply Like
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