Petition calls for end to Verizon contracts

An online petition requesting Verizon ditch contracts is gaining steam, garnering over 90,000 signatures by Thursday. It could signal the start of a larger campaign by consumers to get wireless providers to abandon their traditional contract structures, similar to the recent move by T-Mobile.

Petition creator Mike Beauchamp, of Wichita, Kansas, pointed out that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has said if consumers made enough noise, he would be willing to eliminate contracts.

“Getting rid of carrier contracts is a win for customers,” wrote petition creator Mike Beauchamp, of Wichita, Kansas. “ … So here’s your chance: sign this petition to tell Verizon to end carrier contracts and create an affordable way for consumers to purchase their devices.

“If you’re a current customer, you don’t have to switch carriers or have plans to switch carriers. I’ve been a long-time Verizon customer and I don’t see myself ever leaving but I want that choice myself. I don’t want them making it for me and imposing stiff penalties if I do decide to leave.”

The petition aims to collect 150,000 signatures.