Senators Target Carrier Exclusivity
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Carrier Exclusivity is BAD
In Europe, for the most part, you can buy whatever phone you want and choose what carrier you want. I don't think that's a bad thing. Manufacturers could make 2 versions of each phone, gsm or cdma and customers c...
Now This is a Big Deal!!!
I wonder what kind of kickbacks they are getting.
And you know what, you still have the choice to switch carriers. the iPhone has been out for three years now. Not a single person in the US has a three year contract. AT$T doesn;t work at your house? Sucks to be you.
And don't be ignorant, the iPhone is the ONLY reason this is being brought up on a government level.
I wonder what kind of kickbacks the senaters are getting from verizon?
It is all about freedom of this and that in this great nation. How can people say they are free when they can't even get the cell phone they want with their choice of cell phone provider?
How free are you?
So the feds want to tell manufacturers who they have to sell to?
How about the fact that the carriers are all dumping subsidized phones on the market? That is literally stopping dozens of phone models from being offered in the US every year, but they don't have a problem with that. Heck, we even have existing laws against it, but they won't do anything.
Maybe some idiot senator just wants an iPhone. Somebody give him a G1 and tell him to get back to work.
Take this quick survey for me please:
Did you buy your television from your local TV station?
Did you buy your water heater from the gas company?
Did you b...
nothing better to do?
so much for "Change"...
Let's.. I don't know, work on reducing our budget and stimulating local businesses (rather than simply low paying mass market sto...
That's how things work in this c...
You can make laws but you can not force Apple to make an CDMA Iphone if they do not want to. (or a GSM Voyager, or CDMA G1 etc...)
It's about prohibiting CARRIERS from inflicting a mandate on manufacturers to pad their own pockets with handheld monopolies.
Prohibiting AT&T from keeping Tmobile out ...
Yet another nail in the coffin of free market.
From The Horses Mouth
I think the most important issue...
E.G.) I upgrade a phone that requires an entire data plan. Everyone under my account is forced to pay extra including the dumbphones. It's unfair and it should be a practice eliminated.
I hope it passes...
AT&T charges $150 (with iPhone) for unlimited minutes, data, texting (texting IS data btw, phone company jerks. Stop making it separate ). Verizon charges $140 and Sprint charges only $99 for their unlimited plans. I know once the higher speed data comes into effect, Sprint will probably go the way of the d...
Why the FCC?
If FCC says they don't want to deal with it, expect DoJ to be on the case within 24 hours.
Looks to me like...