Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

Summary: You might not be able to start and stop data service for no charge

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I previously wrote about the crazy activation fees that Verizon hit me with when I had the Samsung Tab. Well, it seems that the company could be up to its old tricks again. This time, though, it's with the iPad 2.

According to a post on Pogue's Posts, some readers are claiming that if you let your iPad Verizon cellular service lapse for a couple of months, the company will hit you with a $35 activation fee again, each time you turn the service back on. This pricing goes against what Apple touts as the easy experience of turning your data on and off, at will.

Pogue's article goes on to quote a PR person from Verizon saying that there's a lot of misinformation out there, and that there's no activation charge. The reasoning she gives is that there's 3G and built in Wi-Fi on the iPad, and that the user can

"go back and forth from either network, taking breaks from 3G if you choose, and reactivate on 3G without paying an activation fee."

The above seems logical, but my experience with Verizon's Samsung Tab seems to echo the activation fee scenario, and the Samsung Tab also has 3G and Wi-Fi built-in.

Do you have the Verizon iPad? If so, have you experienced an activation fee to get started? It's too soon to know if anyone will be hit with re-activation charges, but my hope is that if the PR reps from Verizon read enough posts like this and Pogue's, that the activation charges will be stopped long before any consumer is forced to experience them.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPad, Samsung, Verizon, Wi-Fi

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • I already told tou what I thought, but it got lost after I registered!

    I wasted my time!
    mike88b
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    Yes, I checked with them and I found the same. It is like either take their data plan permanently like a contract or go with WiFi. They have the same with Xoom also.
    Ram U
    • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

      @Rama.NET
      Hopefully the big telcos get a reality check, before too long. But I honestly fear they are focused too much on profits over service. If Washington was not in the pockets of Big Business, there would be some hope. But as it stands now, the Corporations have too much power and control over our lives.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

        @Rick_K <br>Yes, I completely agree with you. In Europe it is possible for us to bargain the data because we are not "under contract" and we could do whatever we could with our money when we use telcos and we pay the cost of the device upfront instead of 2 year commitment and we move if we find a new device without having to pay ETF. Here in US, which is the home place of Electronic Communications that includes both wired and wireless, we are moving backwards as day progresses. Europe gets good devices before we see them here except for the fact of iOS devices. At least one corporation, Apple, is supporting Americans by bringing the devices into the USA first or along with rest of the world. Of course for software the distribution channel is different and we see that first.
        Ram U
  • Wasn't Verizon supposed to be better than the competition

    People eat the Verizon is better turd ...... when the signs of BS were very visible.
    wackoae
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    New Era caps.
    allfashions
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    The Verizon left hand (at the 800 number) does not know what the Verizon right hand (those PR guys) is saying/doing.<br>I bought a Mifi a few months ago so I could use it about once a week. Most of the time the auto-provisioning (via the web) would not work, so I would have to call their 800 number. The person at the end of the line would always tell me about that $35.00 activation fee.<br>Personally I find that the Verizon rates for 1day, 1week or 1month are not that great due to the bandwidth limitation. Your mileage may vary, but for me the Mifi battery did not last very long either.<br>I find that both Verizon and AT&T nickel and dime their customers. For me, the T-Mobile pricing is much more predictable, but this is all about to change since AT&T just bought out T-Mobile USA...
    LeDruide
    • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

      @LeDruide
      It's the same as their pre-paid phone plans. They're a joke! I don't know why they offer them to begin with. Maybe the law tells them they have to offer such plans. Who knows.

      Bottom line is they want you on a service plan. They need to have you as part of their captive audience. That way you are locked-in to their rate increases and nickle & diming you to death plans. Greed rules the day.
      LTV10
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    Exactly the reasons the T-Mobile and Sprint acquisitions need to be blocked. already there is a lack of competition and it will only get worse. Where are the FCC, FTC, DOJ, SEC and the congressmen?

    We are going to see more control over freedoms with communication, higher prices and a monopoly over what we can do and when and how!

    People just don't get it. We are slowly loosing our democracy in this country because large corporations are controlling each market sector.
    Dalece
  • Our monopoly is continuing in the US

    Exactly the reasons the T-Mobile and Sprint acquisitions need to be blocked. already there is a lack of competition and it will only get worse. Where are the FCC, FTC, DOJ, SEC and the congressmen?

    We are going to see more control over freedoms with communication, higher prices and a monopoly over what we can do and when and how!

    People just don't get it. We are slowly loosing our democracy in this country because large corporations are controlling each market sector.
    Dalece
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    verizon out right rips every one off and not just with a ipad. i just had to replace a broken simple phone, bang $35.00 activation fee on my bill. it's bad enough that i live in a nyc subburb where they have minamal service and we deal with dropped service of anything verizon
    contract is over soon, no more cell with any of them,back to the old days call me at home.
    charlieg1
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    The fact that ZDNet even needs to use an anecdotal survey like this to find out whether this is true says it all about Verizon as a company. They should be ashamed of their customer service and lack of quality control over the services and their rates.
    PowerSurfer
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    Hmmmm..I bought a MiFi (FULL PRICE) to avoid the contract, and I HAVE to log into my VZW account every three months to "suspend" it. this prevents billing, or them automatically turning the service back on. But, I don't get billed for it, and don't get activation fees when I "unsuspend" it. THEN if i re-suspend it, i only pay the pro-rated amount for the activation time.
    pjjtlc
  • RE: Will Verizon hit you with activation fees on your iPad?

    Yep, bought a Xoom and they said $20 for the 1 Gig plan and $35 activation fee. When I arrived, they said I had to sign up for the $50 - 5 Gig plan and $35 activation fee. When I balked they said $35 3 Gig plan and $35 activation fee. Activated my Xoom and enabled my WiFi and will drop their monthly plan in April. Verizon is a piece of work for sure.
    dawhip