Senators Propose Wireless Consumer Protection Bill
Sep 6, 2007, 2:20 PM by (staff)
Two senators submitted a bill today that would set federal standards overseeing billing and contracts, and investigate the role handset locking plays in the consumption of wireless goods and services. The bill, called the Cellphone Consumer Empowerment Act of 2007, challenges the cellular industry and could place more regulatory control in the hands of individual state governments. One issue the senators hope to tackle is the listing of government taxes and fees on bills that are often other expenses being passed to subscribers. Wireless industry organizations, including the CTIA, denounced the proposal as detrimental to the public.
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Bill Would Compel Companies to Break Encryption
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as far as the "early termination fee" goes, it's the consumers choice to sign a contract to get a discounted price on a service instead of paying the normal charge. it doesn't make sense to break a contract and not have any reprocutions.
I also find it odd that they don't note complaints by company like they do for the automobile industry. why would you group them all together. if company A is getting massive complaints and company B only gets a few, well there's the "unfairness."
to me it's just the governments excuse to put there noses in and "regulate"...
more gov involvement = bad news
The only thing this bill will do if it is passed is raise the basic rates of all things wireless. the phones will get more expensive, and the plans will have either fewer minutes, higer rates, or both. If these anti-business left...
This sounded bad...
This is the providers fault
All providers have activation and upgrade fees for contract customers, however the same providers either don't charge activation fees for pre-paid customer or the activation fee is half the amount.
GSM carriers especially have no reason to charge upgrade fees all they have to do is switch the ****ing Sim card and if you order the phone on line you have to switch the card yourself...