Verizon poetry written by a disgruntled customer.

I previously wrote that Verizon has a whole lot of fine print in their contracts. Ultimately, however, they present a good option for Caribbean cruises and other short term travel abroad.  In April of this year, I switched from Verizon to AT&T because I was tired of dealing with Verizon customer service for routine problems. I also wanted to try a GSM carries. AT&T offered some real advantages, notably the ability to use almost any phone in the world. Ultimately, however, I switched back because the Verizon network is so much better in the Petroplex. However, the switch has inspired the following bit of Verizon poetry. It was written in various stages as I tried to get my new lines of service working:

Verizon, how do I hate thee?
Let me count the ways.
All I want is working service.
All I get are nays.

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Should you buy travel insurance from the same company you are travelling with?

A major trip is a major investment. Dine Drink Travel discusses some of the things to consider with travel insurance.
A major trip is a major investment. Dine Drink Travel discusses some of the things to consider with travel insurance.

About a year ago, I traveled to Japan and Indonesia. It was the trip of a lifetime. Even though I have lived in three countries and traveled to many more, I still get nervous about the risk involved in such a major trip. I’m not worried that something awful is going to happen. Instead, I am worried about recovering the cost if something goes wrong. If I get sick, or if if a flight gets cancelled, or if any of a million other things happens I might lose a lot of money. I prefer to budget that up front, so I buy travel insurance. Today, I want to talk about some of the things to look for when buying travel insurance. I also want to talk about whether to buy insurance directly from the company with which you are travelling. Continue reading “Should you buy travel insurance from the same company you are travelling with?”

Verizon cruise coverage Western Caribbean

Looking forward on the Lberty of the Seas.

I wrote earlier that I was frustrated by the fine print in Verizon contracts concerning how much data you get. Happily, shortly after that Verizon went to their unlimited plans and we quickly switched. In June we took a cruise with Royal Caribbean that went to Roatan (Honduras), Costa Maya (Mexico), and Cozumel (Mexico). Verizon’s international service is actually pretty good, particularly for the short term traveler, and I wanted to relay my experience here. Verizon cruise coverage is expensive in ships. but great on land in the Western Caribbean. Continue reading “Verizon cruise coverage Western Caribbean”

Fine print on extra data with Verizon Wireless

Ugh. I hate how closely you have to read the fine print to understand what you are getting from Verizon Wireless. I have noted before that they have some pretty good options for international travel, and I stay with them because their network works really, really well. I just hate the rocket science involved in figuring out what I am getting. I usually get some sort of lawyerly response, but this isn’t a court of law. I as a customer want to understand what I am getting without having to go through hoops. Continue reading “Fine print on extra data with Verizon Wireless”