Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently said it would be “pretty easy” to eliminate wireless contracts if consumers started asking for it, so a Verizon customer and blogger from Wichita, Kansas, started a Change.org petition to get the ball rolling. In his petition, Mike Beauchamp says that “this has the potential to change the entire wireless industry” and he asks others to join his movement.
“I’ve been a long-time Verizon customer and I don’t see myself ever leaving, but I want that choice myself,” said Beauchamp. “I don’t want them making it for me and imposing stiff penalties if I do decide to leave.”
Pre-paid plans are already available on Verizon, but Beauchamp says that is not enough. “Pricing phones so high, sometimes 600 dollars or more, doesn’t really make it a true option for most people,” he told Change.org on the phone. “The second call to action on my petition is for Verizon to come up with better ways for customers to purchase devices affordably. Whether that’s with a payment plan or by some other means, they can do better.”
Beaucamp will get his wish on his second call to action because Verizon recently said their device payment plan will be expanded to smartphones later this year.
Part of me finds online petitions kind of silly when customers can just vote with their wallet and switch to a no-contract carrier. T-Mobile recently dropped contracts and started offering installment plans for devices, so there are options available. Verizon customers can also take their devices to Page Plus Cellular and sign up for a no-contract plan on Verizon’s network.
Yesterday the petition had 60k signatures, and it quickly jumped to 90k today after it was posted to several tech blogs. That’s a small portion of Verizon’s 93 million customers, but at least it’s a start. If you would like to join the growing list of customers against wireless contracts, then hit up the source link and add your name.