Verizon plan to increase rates gets mixed reaction

Here are some comments on Verizon’s rate increase proposal from members of The Herald’s Reader Network:

“I certainly would switch over to cellphone only and possibly not stay with Verizon even for the cell service. I have been thinking about getting rid of the land line soon; however, we need the telephone line for Verizon DSL.”

– Lauren Merryfield, Bothell

“I have already switched to using my cellphone as my primary service. I am tired of the increasing costs of phone service when there are so many options available.”

– Tamara Misiuda, Arlington

“I will probably pay whatever it takes, because I use the phone lines for my modem connection.”

– Pete Stevenson, Mukilteo

“I live in a community without any kind of grid telephone service. My two Verizon lines are forwarded to a service that records a message and e-mails it to me as an audio attachment to an e-mail (via satellite). … There is no cell service here, either. … An increase in phone rates would be just the excuse that I need to cancel my service with Verizon.”

– Douglas Rupp, Index

“I think we would just have to swallow the cost. We have already reduced our phone costs by eliminating cellphones and long-distance service at home. We use prepaid phone cards using an 800 number, and it saves us a lot of money on taxes.”

– Alan Shank, Mukilteo

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