Verizon early termination fee could jump to $350

Verizon hot air balloon.Verizon might be getting cocky about this whole Droid thing, but it’s becoming painfully clear that Big Red is hurting from all that missed iPhone business. In a move to recoup some of its losses to iPhone churn, Verizon may be looking at bumping that early termination fee – all the way up to $350.

To be fair, the iPhone is not the only thing to blame. People have been opening new lines on existing contracts for some time, paying the early termination fees, and then reselling contract-priced phones like the Blackberry Storm on eBay for a couple hundred bucks in profit. Well no more. The new fee will apply specifically to “advanced devices,” which pretty much covers anything Verizon deems expensive enough to make you pay for.

The only good news is that the price will decrease by $10 per month over the life of your contract. So halfway through you’re back to the original fee of $175.

Source: Boy Genius Report


iPhone Safari bug could bury you in fees

iPhone fees could bury you.The iPhone is mostly dummy-proof, at least in the sense that you won’t find yourself accruing hundreds of dollars in fees because you stumbled on a bug in the mobile version of Safari. Or so I thought. As it turns out that very thing is possible, and not all that hard to pull off.

As I’m sure you know, Apple allows very few apps to run in the background on the iPhone. The iPod is one, but you might not be aware that Safari is another. Safari will continue to stream data from some web pages even while the app is “closed.” It can be extremely useful for playing internet radio stations that don’t have their own apps, but in the case of motion-jpegs, a filetype used for things like cam feeds, the user might not know the app is still streaming content, and potentially racking up some crazy data charges.

Obviously there are some pretty specific circumstances surrounding this problem. For one, you’d have to be in data roaming or traveling or somehow or another not on an unlimited plan. That’s not something we’ll see stateside too often. If you were caught in that situation, though, it would be pretty easy to generate a grand or two in overage fees I’m sure.

Luckily the solution is as simple as the problem. Just make sure you close any pages with auto-refreshing content if you’re worried about it.

Source: MobileCrunch