A number of Verizon customers would like the same deal. So far it's only a small portion of Verizon's reportedly 99 million retail subscribers have actually signed the petition. But, even without a massive amount of publicity, more than 30,000 people, from all across the country, have affixed their names to it in one day. Beauchamp's point is one that deserves wide publicity: "Tell Verizon to end carrier contracts and create an affordable way for consumers to purchase their devices," he says. The petition needs a total of 150,000 signatures to be sent onto Verizon officials. --Written by Gary Krakow in New York. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.