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FCC gives Verizon until Monday to explain cellphone cancellation penalties

Verizon Wireless asked for two more days to respond to the Federal Communications Commission's questions about its recent decision to more than double the penalties it charges to smart-phone users who leave their contracts early.

The FCC said in a statement that Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier, will have until Monday to answer the question. Verizon's move has sparked the reintroduction of a bill by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and others that would curb such fees. The FCC weighed in earlier this month, asking the wireless giant to explain the economics behind its decision and the clarify if some users are being charged unfairly for data usage.

Here's previous coverage on the topic.

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 17, 2009; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Early Termination Fees , FCC , Verizon  
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The FCC should look at Apple/ATT as well. If you need to get your phone fixed your only options are $199 for a replacement, two-year contract extension but only if you qualify for an 'upgrade'. Otherwise you pay $399 for a replacement phone. You can always get if fixed outside of Apple, but they warn you that this will void the warranty. Since the warranty doesn't cover accidental breakage, it is of dubious value in the first place. And don't forget the $79 to replace the battery...

Posted by: davpaw | December 19, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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