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Verizon is currently sending out notification letters chock full of legalese to its customers. Here's a summary: You have 45 days to opt out or you "agree" that Verizon can share your personal data.

According to author David Weinberger, who made the discovery upon reading his pamphlet, the personal info Verizon wants to distribute willy nilly to anyone with a check includes "services purchased (including specific calls you make and receive), billing info, technical info and location info. They promise to only share this with 'affiliates, agents and parent companies.' It will definitely not be shared with 'unrelated third parties' ... unless, perhaps that third party pays Verizon to become an affiliate, whatever the heck 'affiliate' means."

If don't get your statements in the mail, and view them online like I do, you will not receive this letter. Instead, you have to log into your Verizon Wireless account and view your messages. However, Read Write Web reports the link provided there, called the Customer Proprietary Network Information Notice, was listed as "not available."

So keep an eye out for the mail, and be sure to opt out. Or, log in and hope Verizon grants you access to your own account so you can cancel the notice that way.

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Rep+ for this. I have Verizon everything - cellphone, FiOS TV and internet, telephone. They don't need anything else from me.
 

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thanks for the notification. i'll be watching for that. +rep

EDIT: nevermind, it only applies to verizon wireless customers, not landline or internet.

guess my personal info ain't that useful. they'd only see me visiting OCN a dozen times a day
 

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What if you sign up for their services after the notice goes out? Would you be forced to do it or would they give you an option up-front?
Did you read the contract you signed?
 

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I've been thinking about bailing on Verizon Wireless...I only switched from Cingular to get on that IN crap, since so many of my friends and family were on Verizon. But I've not really been too happy with them, and this is just a smack in the face. Granted that most companies do this; but that just means that most companies suck, not that Verizon doesn't suck because this is common shenanigans.
 

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By doing this, Verizon will be able to sell iPhones. That was the main issue (that they told me about) with iPhones, is that it would require them to give out that kind of information.

That was my understanding.
 

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I wasn't aware that the iphone was CDMA-compatible. Can anyone verify this?

Googling "iPhone CDMA" turns up a lot of rumors that it is coming, but I see nothing substantial to that effect.
 

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Yeah I saw lots of stuff about rumors for 2009, but I didn't know if the iphone as-is even has a CDMA transceiver in it that nobody knew about, lol.
 

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You guys act like this is new or something "I'm glad I switched." Companies have been doing this forever, just getting statistical information. Anyone you would be afraid of who really wants your personal info can get it anyways.
 

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well at least other people have brought up that yes, other companies do this.

check your bank. they do it. almost can guarantee it.

in any case, not really gonna affect me as i'll opt out. wish Virgin had better coverage down here.
 

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By doing this, Verizon will be able to sell iPhones. That was the main issue (that they told me about) with iPhones, is that it would require them to give out that kind of information.

That was my understanding.
I think the main reason they don't have them is the bucketloads of cash AT&T is giving apple.
 

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I'm guessing this has something to do with Verizon buying out Alltel Wireless...

How so? As an Alltel customer, Id be interested to hear your opinions...


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By doing this, Verizon will be able to sell iPhones. That was the main issue (that they told me about) with iPhones, is that it would require them to give out that kind of information.

That was my understanding.

AT&T was the only major carrier willing to let Apple dictate as much of the terms around the phone as Jobs wanted to. I'm sure that VZW was approached about the phone, too.

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I wasn't aware that the iphone was CDMA-compatible. Can anyone verify this?

It is not.

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At least Verizon is giving people the option to not agree, I know of many companies that would just do this and not tell anyone

Very true - I wish they would advertise it better, but I suppose this is a gesture that not many companies would make.

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I think the main reason they don't have them is the bucketloads of cash AT&T is giving apple.

Ahh, those exclusivity agreements are such wonderful things, aren't they?
 

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The iPhone was do out on Verizon 1st. Apple wanted Verizon because of their huge of 3g network. Also Verizon is going to be years ahead with their 4g (LTE) with the buying of the 700mhz spectrum. Things did not go well with the talks Apple. So Apple chose the next best thing, AT&T. Apple has said they do not like the limitations of AT&T and its coverage area. By the time it comes out for Verizon the Nvidia Tegra chip will be out, and the iPhone will no longer be the best. There has been prototype LTE systems hitting download speeds faster than 300 Mbit/s. AT&T LTE will be years behind Verizon's because AT&T has to build one tower at a time, and Verizon does not. Can't you see the guys at Apple's (App Store) drooling over 300 Mbit/s.
 

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Verizon would be better if they didn't force you to pay for data service when buying a smartphone.


I don't know. But I have verizon phones so I guess I'll have to opt out too.gr
 
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