Verizon won’t honor its “Triple Play” gift card offer

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Steve Schuster signs up for Verizon service after it offers a bonus of $200 in prepaid Visa gift cards. But the plastic is never delivered, and now Verizon is refusing to pay. What now?

Question: I recently accepted a job offer in the Washington area and established new phone, cable and Internet service with Verizon. Suffice it to say I’ve had a laundry list of problems. All have been resolved but one.

I was offered $200 in prepaid Visa gift cards for signing up for my Verizon service. Now, a Verizon representative says because of the discounted plan I have, I’m not eligible for the gift cards.
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My phone doesn’t work — do I still have to pay my bill?

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Question: I’m having a major issue with Verizon Wireless. They’re charging me for a month when I ended up having to return the phone because the call quality was so poor. I paid their restocking fee, and yet they still sent me a bill for an entire month’s worth of service.

I have a major issue with being charged for service that was completely horrible — call quality, dropped calls, etc, could barely hear my callers. Yet they still believe these service charges of $106 are valid.

Now they have sent my account to collections and I can’t seem to make any progress with anyone in customer service. They keep transferring me to “financial services” and then back to collections, saying the charges are valid.
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Verizon won’t replace my broken phone – do I still owe an early termination fee?

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Question: We were happy Alltel Wireless customers for several years. In July 2011, Verizon Wireless took over our local Alltel service. During this transition we were assured that Verizon would meet our needs just as Alltel had for several years. We chose to stay with Verizon as they transferred our plan and made wonderful promises.

Our wireless phone needs are very basic. We have four lines, all of which require only minimal minutes and texting services (two are used by my senior-citizen parents). We would even do without video messaging.

Recently, my husband’s phone broke. As it is very snowy where we live, it is preferable for him to have a phone while commuting to work for safety. I contacted Verizon to replace the phone and was informed that I would not be able to add a replacement phone to my current contract and would need to pick a new plan. I offered to pay full price for the phone to avoid signing a contract and asked if I would then be able to put the replacement phone on my old contract. I was told “no” in no uncertain terms.
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Help, I’ve reached a dead end with my Verizon iPhone

iphoneQuestion: I’m at a dead end and feel I have been tossed aside by the corporate giant that is Verizon in hopes that I will just become mute and complacent. I will not!

I have been a Verizon customer for approximately 10 years. For the past two years, I have had an iPhone that uses their 3g network for data. My relationship with Verizon was fine up until this point.

The area in which I live is highly seasonal and the population grows by 3.5 million in the summer months. Verizon’s 3g network can not handle this and I do not get data coverage from Friday nights until Monday morning all summer long. This issue is even prevalent in the off season when there are a lot of people around (malls at the holiday, etc.). However, I test my phone next to someone with another carrier and their phones work fine, no matter where.
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An early termination fee — and now, a collection agency

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Question: I am having problems with Verizon Wireless and I hope you can help me. A few months ago, I heard about a way to get out of my contract without paying an early termination fee. Verizon was changing the terms of its contract by increasing a regulatory fee, and we had 60 days to opt out.
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