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Verizon Now Offers Service Without A Contract – Silently Kills SMS Delivery Confirmations

Well paint me green and call me the tooth fairy. Verizon is known for being stubborn so I thought they would never give up on the contract… Turns out I was wrong. As of yesterday Verizon now offers service without a contract.

Now you need to BYOP (bring your own phone) or buy one at full retail and pay the activation fee and you are set without any contracts. Maybe Verizon finally got tired of the carrier line of “we need contracts to recoup the subsidized phones.” Or maybe it is because they silently killed off SMS delivery confirmations.

As our friends at BBCool pointed out this is a slick deal for Canadians and other international travelers who want to get a decent monthly deal for a cellphone. It might even convince me to give Verizon and the Storm a spin when they come out.

via CN

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  1. Surprisingly, I wasn’t really shocked by this, with VZW’s claim to openess they can’t very well expect customers who are bringing their own devices to the network to sign a contract, that is just begging for people to pass it over no matter what they may be offering all in all itks good for people and good for VZW really, people buy a device full price vzw makes $ cust gets to use the network, bring your own phone..vzw makes $ and cust gets to use their network, I expect others to follow suit after a while..heh,cincinnati bell has ran no contracts for a while now and while they are no major player, they are still in business.

  2. I cannot currently view the BGR link, but it appears that SMS delivery confirmation is still alive an well for my VZW 8830. After sending an SMS, a small D (for delivered) appears in the upper left corner of the sent check mark. If you open the message, you will sell “Delivered: ” plus date and time.

  3. Verizon isn’t “open” in my mind until they remove the restrictions on their current devices. ‘nuf said.

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