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Re: You Get What You Pay For
Today, 9:20 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

The reason Verizon charges as much as they do is because many of their customers have no choice, it's either Verizon or no mobile phone at all, and they like to take advantage of this fact to extort as much money as they can from customers who want nothing more than to leave but can't because they are trapped.

Re: Talk about sheeple.
Yesterday, 12:54 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

When I worked for at&t customer service, we were told that if a customer is demanding credits, we should first start by offering free rollover minutes, because while customers loved them some rollover minutes, the fact of the matter is that the probability of them ever actually using those rollover minutes was virtually nil....so by giving them free rollover minutes we were basically giving them nothing...but the customer felt like they were getting something...

Re: Talk about sheeple.
Yesterday, 12:50 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

Before switching to the mobile early last year with unlimited talk and text, I was with at&t on a rollover minutes plan for years.....at one point I had accumulated something like 3,000 rollover minutes....then suddenly there was an increase in my usage, and I started using a lot more minutes.....and I was going over my minutes more often than not, sometimes by as many as 200-300 minutes or more, and on the months where I didn't go over my ...

Re: There You Have It
Yesterday, 12:24 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

at&t didn't actually 'copy the offer' made by T Mobile......when they were accused of doing so, at&t made the unprecedented move of releasing internal documents which prove that they had plans to announce a data rollover plan in January BEFORE T-Mobile made their announcement.

Re: And then there were three
Wednesday, 11:42 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Parent Still Wants To Offload the Uncarrier forum

It's funny because FXX is re-running all the old Simpsons episodes, and a couple days ago they re-ran an episode from 1998 in which Mark Hamill made a cameo, Hamill shows up at a SciFi convention and announces 'I'm hear today to talk to you about Sprint, with Sprint you can spend up to 17 cents per month than what you'll pay by going with a more reliable carrier' That episode just reminded me that Sprint's reputation for offering ...

So Much For
Jan 20, 2015, 11:15 AM
in the Article: AT&T Now Offering Unlimited Calls to Mexico forum

So much for the claim that as a result of the Lunacell acquisition. at&t customers will end up paying more for international long distance to Mexico. I expect a similar announcement for free, oir significantly cheaper, international roaming in Mexico will come soon.

Re: about time
Jan 8, 2015, 10:42 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals BlackBerry Classic and Passport Pricing forum

If they switch to Android then they will die quickly.

Not A Copy
Jan 7, 2015, 7:58 PM
in the Article: AT&T Debuts Rollover Data forum

at&t responded to T-Mobile's claim that they are 'copying' their offer by releasing internal evidence that they were planning to announce this new rollover plan at the CES event in January before T-Mobile made their announcement.

I am 100% Correct
Dec 25, 2014, 2:23 PM
in the Article: Google Fails to Have Lawsuit Dismissed forum

No, I am absolutely correct. In the EU Microsoft is actually required to offer alternative browsers during a new install of Windows, which is utterly ridiculous, it's like Coke being forced to sell Pepsi.

Re: Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Dec 25, 2014, 11:47 AM
in the Article: Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition forum

I very seriously doubt that international roaming in Mexico is going to become more expensive for at&t customers.

Re: Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Dec 22, 2014, 3:54 PM
in the Article: Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition forum

But I don't hear anyone complaining about the fact until recently, at&t was the only fully American owned telcom in the country, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all being fully or partially foreign owned. Even Tracfone isn't actually an American company, it is Mexican owned. Why is it okay for foreign companies to buy American carriers, but not vice versa? Telcom is increasingly a global market, competitors like Orange and Vodafone own networks all over the ...

Re: So...
Dec 22, 2014, 2:24 PM
in the Article: Google Fails to Have Lawsuit Dismissed forum

The actual legal precedent is the DOJ lawsuit against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. That lawsuit was pretty asinine too....even though many of the people currently complaining about this lawsuit against Google totally had no problem with the lawsuit against Microsoft.

Re: what is this world coming to
Dec 21, 2014, 10:42 AM
in the Article: Google Fails to Have Lawsuit Dismissed forum

I agree that the lawsuit is stupid, but nevertheless Microsoft WAS sued already for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows and making it the default browser, despite the fact that it is not at all difficult to install and alternate browser and make that the default., In the European Union, Microsoft has even been forced to offer Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari when a customer sets up a new install of Windows. That is even more stupid ...

Re: Ugh!
Dec 20, 2014, 9:29 PM
in the Article: Google Seeks to Dismiss Antitrust Lawsuit Over Android forum

What is good for the goose.... Microsoft was sued for including Internet Explorer in with Windows and making it the default browser, even though it is ridiculously easy to download an alternative browser. If it is wrong for Microsoft, then it is wrong for Google as well.

Re: Just a cash grab by the .gov
Dec 18, 2014, 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
Dec 17, 2014, 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
Dec 17, 2014, 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'

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