Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

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    NEW YORK (AP) – After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless is dropping a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards.

    In a statement on its website Friday, it says “customer feedback” prompted the decision to drop the “convenience fee” it wanted to introduce on Jan. 15.

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    Verizon, the country’s largest cellphone company, wanted to steer people to electronic check payments and automatic credit card payments.

    A petition on Change.org against the fees had gathered more than 57,000 names on Friday afternoon.

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