Chalk it up to Verizon Wireless feeling the FCC's heat for their "advanced device" list, but it appears that the original advanced device list that was submitted to the commission in December 2009 included 10 devices that are no longer on today's list. Upon initial inspection, it appears that most of the devices removed were high-end feature phones, such as the Motorola Krave, Samsung Rogue, and several LG devices. To recap, advanced devices were hit with a $350 early termination fee (decreasing by $10 for each month of service), while other devices remained at $175 (decreasing by $5 for each month of service).
Verizon Wireless has not officially commented as to the reason for the removal. Great news for those purchasing feature phones, but for those of us that use smartphones, there's still work to be done. Smartphone buyers, do you see the same thing happening, or will we be looking at a potential FCC intervention?