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A step in the right direction for cell companies!

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  1. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I disagree.

    What's wrong with iPhone and carrier having and exclusive agreement? It's not like it's the only phone choice?
     
  3. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    What if you really want an iPhone but have had nothing but bad experiences with AT&T and would rather shave with a rusty cheese grater than give another penny to those parasites?
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I hear ya, but it's not a monopolistic situation. There is absolutely no reason that you have to have an iPhone or AT&T. There's just no call for govt interference. That is, of course, just my opinion.
     
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    This is stupid congress should have nothing to do with something as unimportant as this.
     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    True, but it would be nice to be able to have complete control over which phone and which carrier you want.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't want government interference either.
     
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    what if certain cars could only be driven on certain roads?
     
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    A company telling you how you should be able to use a product you paid for is absurd. The cell carriers have to be regulated because it is getting insane with carrier locking, "access fees" and the like.
     
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    Like I said, look PAST the iPhone, and think of what could happen here! To quote the Engadget article:

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    From the congressman's website:

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    This is not about the iPhone, this is about ALL phones, all plans, and all carriers. Laws like this are already in effect in other countries, we are so far behind it's embarassing
     
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    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    I hate my cell phone:rant:
     
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    I still don't like it.

    With so many carriers having so many requirements, it's opened up biz opportunities for companies to fill the void... no contracts, no credit checks, etc.

    This is not a monopolistic situation, let the market do it's thing.
     
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    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I think it will be good for the consumer. Let the companies fight, we win. Kind of like this unlimited calling for $99.99 a month that all the big cell companies jumped on one right after the other. So if someone lowers the price, they all will.

    Same with this, if they are required to have unsubsidized phones, and have their customers not be tied to their network for two years, they will have to make it enticing to stay!
     
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    I agree that's what will probably happen.

    I just don't like the govt getting involved when there's not a need.

    *shurgs*
     
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    While I am normally with you there, as I disagree with most of the things the government does and the way it operates, I don't think this will necessarily be a bad thing. Until the government finds a way to fack it up!
     
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    Just consider...
    ...will destroy those tiny companies that currently offer that. They won't be able to compete.
     
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    syadasti i heart mac

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    Yeah why don't we let the communication industry destroy the design foundation of the Internet by taking away net neutrality too :rolleyes:

    Last time we let them do their own thing and gave them up to 70 billion/year tax breaks they didn't do sh*t (France and Korea have much better connectivity even) and now the next Google will probably happen outside of the US:

    The wonderful deregulated US communication industry also destroyed numerous plans for free municipal access solely because it was a threat to their markets with a bunch of fabricated misinformation fed to clueless government officials.

    No free market does not always work well - the US communication industry is prime example.