Like every operator looking to cut billing costs and buff its green credential, Verizon Wireless (s vz)(s vod) has spent much of the last few years encouraging its customers to move to paperless billing. But now with millions of customers checking and paying their bills online, Verizon is springing a “convenience” fee trap on its unsuspecting wireless customers on Jan. 15. On Wednesday, Droid Life reported Verizon will begin levying a $2 charge on all credit, debit and ATM card transactions processed through its website or via customer care reps over the phone. Verizon confirmed the report Thursday morning.

Credit card transactions cost Verizon money, as the banks charge a fee for every transaction they process. But $2 not only seems excessive; it runs counter to the policy that Verizon and all service providers – whether wireless, wireline, cable or utility – have implemented in recent years: cutting the…

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