T-Mobile recently announced its Un-carrier plans which will not tie the carrier’s subscriber to a wireless contract. Soon after that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that they would be willing to drop wireless contracts if subscribers showed interest. Verizon subscribers sure look determined to hold him to his word, they’ve now launched an online petition urging the carrier to do away with contracts for good. As of this writing the petition has amassed over 74,777 signatures and needs only 223 more to reach its cap.
Verizon is yet to release an official comment regarding this petition. It was launched on Change.org by one Mike Beauchamp who hails from Wichita, Kansas. While being a long time subscriber of Verizon Wireless, Mike says that he does not wish to pay early termination fees if he wants to switch carriers. The scenario will shift substantially if Verizon also goes down the contract-free road. With two carriers pursuing the same avenue, one can expect AT&T and Sprint to retaliate as well. Has T-Mobile ushered in the age of contract-free plans in the U.S.? Only time will tell.
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