Just like hard working humans, giant companies like to get paid consistently and
on time for services rendered. But Verizon's method for motivating customers to pay up -- in the form of a $2 convenience fee
-- isn't sitting so well with consumers, or the FCC. A Federal Communications Commission official confirmed that the fee hasn't gone unnoticed, saying "on behalf of American consumers, we're concerned about Verizon's actions and are looking into the matter." The $2 "payment convenience fee" is scheduled to hit consumers beginning on January 15th, but if the FCC
doesn't step in before then, you can still skip the toll by signing up for AutoPay, or making your way to a different carrier.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.