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When did FIOS stop replacing remotes for free?

When did FIOS stop replacing remotes for free?

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Contributor wwreith
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In the past when my remote stopped working I called or chatted and simply got a new one. Now FIOS is demanding I buy one. Since the FIOS remotes won't operate my tv fios box and blu ray, is always rather slow, and I have to buy one! Does anyone have suggestions for a remote that actually works well. 

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Nickel Contributor
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Verizon stopped giving them away for free when they found out people were getting them for free then selling them on ebay and such. I use harmony remotes to control my sound bar, cable box and tv the other 2 are verizon remotes as they only control the tv and cable box.

Contributor wwreith
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never even occurred to me to do that. You would think a 1 remote per X years policy would help. Oh well. Thanks for the suggestion. it has to be better than the standard FIOS remote.

Contributor MarkfromPhilly
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Verizon wants to charge me a monthly rental fee for the set top boxes but wants me to buy my own remote when theirs wears out? Um, no--it goes with the box.

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@MarkfromPhilly wrote:

Verizon wants to charge me a monthly rental fee for the set top boxes but wants me to buy my own remote when theirs wears out? Um, no--it goes with the box.


 

Is Sony, Samsung or whatever TV maker you have going to give you a free remote when that remote breaks? What about Amazon when the Firestick remote breaks? No they are not. So why would Verizon?

Contributor SnoBrdr
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Because you are renting it.  You bought your tv, you didn't buy the box or the remote.

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If you lease a car, you are still responsible for maintenance.

They made a business decision.

Replacing remotes was costing too much.

And people were taking advantage of the deal and selling them on eBay.


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Contributor qmart
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I believe the difference here is that the cable box is rented and the remote is needed to operate it. I view the remote as a functional part of the cable box and as such should be replaced at no charge if it fails.

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