Just so everyone knows, Verizon is and always will be CDMA. CDMA is the most popular phone network and verizon has no plans to move to GSM. CDMA has way better call quality and contrary to what AT&T says CDMA (verizon/Sprint) is faster, running approximately 600-700 Kb/s vs. GSM's (AT&T/T-Mobile)400-500 KB/s. Verizon is also very popular in N.E. and also, in order for them to switch to a GSM they would have to either build a few thousand new towers or pay royalties to a GSM network which would be extremely useless and expensive and stupid considering that they are on a better network. There is nothing unpopular with CDMA at all. and they bumped up your bill cost cause of the economy, and i guarantee that they are accepting new accounts. not doing so is bad for business. More accounts = more money.