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Re: Just a cash grab by the .gov
Yesterday, 11:48 AM
in the Article: FCC to Smack Sprint with $105M Cramming Fine forum

I wish Phone Scoop had a 'like' button, because that was the funniest thing I've read in days.... :lol:

Re: Just a cash grab by the .gov
Wednesday, 12:13 PM
in the Article: FCC to Smack Sprint with $105M Cramming Fine forum

The sad part of your rant is that each of the major carriers actually IS guilty of 'bill cramming' but these 'mobile subscriptions' are simply not an example of that. It is in fact all too common for the store agents, working for all 4 carriers, to add features to a customer's account (the most common one being GPS navigation, to the customer's account with the customer's knowledge or consent, simply to increase their own commission. ...

Re: Just a cash grab by the .gov
Wednesday, 9:53 AM
in the Article: FCC to Smack Sprint with $105M Cramming Fine forum

Yup! The only way that anyone can get signed up for one of these is if they voluntarily give their phone number to the company. And if they are stupid and do sign up for one of these, then it is their responsibility to look at their bill every month and see what they are being charged for, and ask for the charges to be refunded and the purchases blocked the very first time they show up. I have zero compassion or ...

Re: why EITHER would fight over such a stupid name is beyond me..
Nov 29, 2014, 10:01 AM
in the Article: Milk Studios Sues Samsung for Trademark Violation forum

I don't know what was wrong with the old name....call it 'Samsung Music' or 'Galaxy Music' or something....'Milk' is just stupid... And it is not a bad app either, it has good radio stations, that can be finely tuned to exactly you want to hear....it is at least as good as Pandora or Slacker, but how many people don't use it because the name makes no sense and they have no idea what it is?

A Blast From the Past
Nov 26, 2014, 12:22 PM
in the Article: Milk Studios Sues Samsung for Trademark Violation forum

Well, that was a blast from the past. You must be a child of the 80's like me. :)

Re: In Other News...
Nov 25, 2014, 3:39 PM
in the Article: Milk Studios Sues Samsung for Trademark Violation forum

They should change the name, not only is it apparently copyright protected, but it is a dumb name for a music app.

Re: $31 Billion!!!
Nov 22, 2014, 1:05 AM
in the Article: FCC Auction Tops $31B as FCC Looks to 2016 forum

the federal government can spend $31 billion in like 3 hours, it's NOTHING at all to the federal government.

Re: Whew...
Nov 20, 2014, 11:52 PM
in the Article: Corning Says Gorilla Glass 4 Its Strongest Glass Yet forum

I understand that, but you have to admit that it does sound very silly when taken outside of that context. It would be like someone who just passed, say the 6th grade, and asking him 'what do you think about the last year?' and he responded 'well, I now know more than I did when I finished 5th grade'....well.....I should certainly hope so. :lol:

Re: Always had this
Nov 20, 2014, 11:46 PM
in the Article: Twitter Now Lets Users Share Tweets via Direct Message forum

Text messages are 160 characters :)

Re: I wasn't even able to install MILK Music on mine.
Nov 20, 2014, 3:37 PM
in the Article: Samsung Releases Milk Video forum

Is that what this 'Milk' thing is on my Note 3? A music app? :lol: How the hell was I supposed to know that? What is it about the word 'Milk' that is supposed to make one think 'oh I know, that's a music app?' What a dumb name.

Re: Nice
Nov 20, 2014, 3:35 PM
in the Article: AT&T Adds $45 Option to GoPhone Plans forum

Verizon is now offering a Walmart exclusive double data plan for prepaid, activate now at Walmart and get 1GB for $45, activate and sign up for autopay and get 1,5 GB, that is running until Jan 1, the normal $45 plan only gets 500MB

Re: More reason......
Nov 20, 2014, 9:48 AM
in the Article: Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops forum

They really need to introduce a time limit....you can use our WiFi/charging station for so long and then you really have to buy something, and we don't mean buying one cup of coffee and nursing it for 6 hours...

Re: Whew...
Nov 20, 2014, 9:46 AM
in the Article: Corning Says Gorilla Glass 4 Its Strongest Glass Yet forum

He he, I always think that kind of corporate spin is funny....like everytime a new iPhone is released and Apple announces 'this is the best iPhone ever', I just have to laugh 'boy I am sure am glad that they are making the iPhone better, rather than worse, I was worried there for a second' :lol:

Re: Nice
Nov 20, 2014, 9:23 AM
in the Article: AT&T Adds $45 Option to GoPhone Plans forum

In truth, at&t already has a $45 plan, it's just that until now it has been a Walmart exclusive, apparently they are now making it universal.

Re: Good Plan
Nov 20, 2014, 1:06 AM
in the Article: Samsung to Trim Number of Smartphone Models by 30% forum

I am selling a ridiculous number of S5 and Note 4, indeed, when a customer asks for a contract phone, it is almost always either the S5 or the iPhone, I can't keep enough of either of them in stock. The S5 and the Note 4 are not the problem, the problem is that 875 other phones called 'Galaxy this or that' which aren't selling, and they aren't selling because people have no idea what they are...people ...

Good Plan
Nov 18, 2014, 1:13 PM
in the Article: Samsung to Trim Number of Smartphone Models by 30% forum

Focus on a few major handsets, such as the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Mini and Galaxy S lineup, and get rid of the 875 'Galaxy something or other' derivatives....

Re: Forget about the %
Nov 17, 2014, 11:40 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

"And why are phones simultaneously excise-taxed as a luxury item while subsidized for poor people as a necessity of life?" I imagine it is the same reason that government increases the tax on cigarettes to encourage people to quit, and then turns around and claims that the extra money is to go to pay for 'health care for children'...but no one ever asks 'how are they going to fund that program if everyone decides to quit smoking?'

Re: Hows that e911 upgrade coming along?
Nov 17, 2014, 11:36 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

And don't forget, there is still a 'telephone luxury tax' imposed in 1898 to pay for the Spanish American War, that particular fee is still on our phone bills every month. Isn't that war paid for by now?

Re: "Impact on the consumer will be small.."
Nov 17, 2014, 11:33 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

Historically, no tax increase is ever enough, because whenever government revenue goes up by $1, there is a $1.20 increase in spending, which means that whenever government revenue increases, government debt increases at a faster rate.

Re: Lie Down Before You Hurt Yourself
Nov 17, 2014, 11:31 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

"If you read the Times article regarding the "tax increase," you'll see that what they're talking about is a 17.2% increase in the Federal Universal Service charges, NOT an equivalent increase in all the taxes on your bill. " I DON'T CARE Wireless service is already taxed far too much, at a rate which is disproportionate to other services. Enough is enough, we need to be talking about REDUCING wireless taxes, not increasing them. The Universal Service Fund is ...

Samsung's Problem
Nov 13, 2014, 3:29 PM
in the Article: Samsung to Use Curved Screens to Sell More Phones forum

Samsung's problem is that their trademark is simply their name 'Samsung' in generic block letters. This trademark is easy to copy and fake which means that there are a lot of cheap Chinese manufacturers making cheap knockoffs that look exactly like the real thing and fool many people into thinking that it is genuine Samsung. I can't even tell you how many people bring these cheap Samsung knockoff phones into my store and tell me 'I have ...

Re: And here we see the real reason they fixed iMessage...
Nov 11, 2014, 3:02 PM
in the Article: Court Says Lost Message Suit Against Apple Can Proceed forum

The instant I saw the article below about the fix I immediately thought 'so long have they been sitting on this before being forced to release it?'

Re: For the first time
Nov 11, 2014, 11:13 AM
in the Article: White House Asks FCC to Classify Internet as a Utility forum

I don't agree with it, because remember when something is called a 'public utility', that means that it automatically becomes subject to a host of government regulations, regulations which basically amount to government control. We tolerate that level of government control of utilities because usually you don't have any other options, utilities are generally a monopoly, there is only one place to go to get your water or electricity, and we tolerate that level of government control ...

Re: Will AT&T conver Iusacell from CDMA to GSM?
Nov 10, 2014, 2:53 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy Mexican Cell Provider Iusacell forum

I guess it depends on whether they want to merge their network with Lusacell's network. It could be a distinct advantage to both companies if people travelling back and forth from Mexico could use the same network.

I Wonder
Nov 10, 2014, 11:34 AM
in the Article: Review: Android 5.0 Lollipop forum

When my Galaxy Note 3 is going to get it I love the fact that manufacturers are now racing to be the first one to update their phones to Android 5.0. In the past you used to have to wait months, even up to a year, to get the update, if you got it at all. By now OEM's are starting to recognize that customers want the upgrades, and are trying to get them out in a timely ...

Re: I always love it when some moron
Nov 7, 2014, 2:40 AM
in the Article: Verizon, AT&T Using 'Supercookies' to Track Customers forum

What shocks me is that there seem to be a large number of people who agree with the sentiment that if the government does something illegal or immoral, that is okay as long as they get some kind of benefit from it, there are a lot of people who think 'who cares how the government gets its money, or how much money it has, as long as I get my government check every month'

Re: Promos are good, but....
Nov 3, 2014, 9:49 AM
in the Article: Verizon Responds to AT&T's Data Promo with Its Own forum

"the rich can only be rich if they suppress and keep others poo" Life is not a zero sum game, the idea that prosperity is a pizza and if one person eats too many slices than someone else is left with nothing but an empty box is simply ignorant. Economics simply does not work like that, in fact, it is complete nonsense.

Re: Place Your Bets
Nov 1, 2014, 1:27 AM
in the Article: Madstar Mobile Latest Sprint MVNO Looking to Disrupt forum

In what universe does it make sense for an MVNO to actually cost MORE than just signing a contract with the network it is leasing?

Re: Your Check...
Oct 30, 2014, 9:35 PM
in the Article: Verizon Dinged $64M for Decade-Old Transgressions forum

Well thankfully they weren't quite dumb enough to send me a check, they just credited my Amazon account.

Re: Good deal!
Oct 30, 2014, 1:54 PM
in the Article: Consumer Cellular Selling Moto G for $150 forum

Isn't Consumer Cellular an at&t MVNO?

Re: Your Check...
Oct 30, 2014, 1:49 PM
in the Article: Verizon Dinged $64M for Decade-Old Transgressions forum

And the lawyer's check for $1 million has already been deposited into his bank account. I recently received a credit from Amazon.com for 14 cents, it was part of their settlement of the ebook price fixing lawsuit. I've probably spent at least $500 at Amazon in the last decade, at least $200 of that on ebooks....and my payment was 14 cents. The lawyers probably got at least $10 million. Oh those trial lawyers, they sure look out ...

Re: If you're really opposed
Oct 29, 2014, 9:45 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

Who has ever said that they were 'opposed to government regulation of at&t'? No one, that's who. This is just a ridiculous and over the top strawman argument, on the same level with the people who argue that anybody who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Oct 29, 2014, 12:40 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

As a guy who just had the IRS seize a bunch of money out of my bank account after a tax dispute, without even being given a chance at a trial or any kind of defense, I find the idea that the government is a kind of superhero who is going to rescue us quite preposterous. The only difference between government and the mafia is that government is legal.

Re: But you can't buy diet pills...
Oct 29, 2014, 10:05 AM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

I don't get it.....I've never seen anyone use mobile payment, but some people are so committed to it that they won't go to a place that doesn't have it? Let's be clear: mobile payments are new, not only will it take time to 'catch on', but as with any new technology, there is probably going to be a 'format war', until the dust settles in favor of one universal standard, might as well just accept the fact ...

Re: MVNO's
Oct 29, 2014, 10:02 AM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

Precisely, no one is forced to sign with at&t or any other carrier, even in 'the sticks' there are MVNO alternatives which use the same phones, same network, require no commitment and cost less.. So people need to stop whining.

Re: Another Thing to Consider
Oct 28, 2014, 9:05 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

EXCELLENT POINT! The other question is 'who benefits from these lawsuits?' The answer to the second question is not the same as the answer to the first.

Re: Big Mac has cheese by default
Oct 28, 2014, 6:49 PM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

Well, I suppose if you are willing to wait...they'd probably have to cool you a whole new burger from scratch.

This is exactly what they need to do
Oct 28, 2014, 6:48 PM
in the Article: Sprint Lights Up 17 More Spark Markets forum

Their plans are competitive enough, they need to focus on the network....every single dollar they have needs to be spent building and improving the network, introduce LTE to more markets, introduce coverage in more markets etc.

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Oct 28, 2014, 6:45 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

As an example of this, look at what happened to Blockbuster Video with their draconian 'late fee' policy, the moment Netflix came along with a much more reasonable policy, Blockbuster started to die out. There's a reason why the no contract option, whether on post-paid or pre-paid, is becoming more and more popular.

Re: Big Mac has cheese by default
Oct 28, 2014, 6:26 PM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

Can you order a Big Mac with extra cheese? Will they do that?

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