Verizon Readying Price Increases for Wireless Customers
Price increases are never the right thing to do unless there is some benefit to the customers in terms of better devices, faster networks, more bandwidth.
When they just keep take, take, taking without even tossing us a bone, all they do is alienate us.
Sounds like he is living under a rock, and didn't read or hear about all the forum posts on Phonescoop or Verizonwireless.com from all of the customers expressing their outrage over the $30 upgrade fee, & taking away our unlimited data on smartphones. Or maybe he did, and just doesn't care... And when he says he doesn't think the price increases will cost Verizon customers, that is a good indication that it WILL in fact cost the customers...
It was not stated that the change would not result in a cost to Verizon's customers.
He said that it would not "cost Verizon customers" - in other words, their customer base would not decrease due to these changes.
From Verizon's standpoint he's right though aka why not charge more if people will pay it
but I'm a firm believer that if you do the right thing, then things work out in the end... trying to bend customers over constantly is going to blow up in their faces
I'm typically not a fan of regulation, but I fear it may be needed now. There just aren't enough viable options in all areas... some of that is a spectrum problem
This is going to be big news this summer
Many people segregate wireless from utilities citing reasons that one is a luxury and one is a necessity. I dare anyone especially businesses to relinquish their phones or wireless devices in today's standard of practice. This will prove whether phones are luxury or not.
I'm betting most in society are not willing to revert back to smoke signals.
While I tend to err on the conservative side (if you don't like it, go somewhere else). I will not say that cell phones are such a luxuary that they're not almost required of us to pursure happiness (see what I did there)
I love your point that (paraphrasing here) "at some point, regulation is the only way it will not get worse"
Thank you for your intelligent reply.. you don't find a lot of those on the interwebz anymore... let alone from the "sky is falling" cell phone cust/reps
1) To consider a wireless device such as a cellphone a luxury, is definitely a matter of opinion. However, how many are willing to let go of them?
2) In many cases, some people don't have any other choice but only Verizon or only AT&T. So to go somewhere else is not an option sadly.
3) As you paraphrased my statement: What actual harm is done to normal consumers with regulations in this case? None. Individuals working in the wireless industry need to start thinking outside the box. Outside of this industry, they are consumers just like the rest of us subscribing to a carrier. They easily forget that they purchase products of other industries that are indeed regulated. ...
In most markets airlines are competitive and your example in #4 is exactly what happened there. When one started charging for bags, the rest followed except for Southwest and Jet Blue. No government regulation could have avoided that.
The answer has to be consumers. Refuse to pay the fees and go elsewhere. There are very few markets where you only have AT&T and Verizon to choose. In those markets I'm sorry. Maybe the FCC needs to open some spectrum for a new wireless player. If there were demand for it, they likely would. For those markets with a choice, everyone should defect.
E.G. You can purchase your charger at the carrier store for a certain price, or purchase it down the street for half the price.
Regulating a no option business pricing as in rate plans in an industry that is losing choices for customers, needs to be seriously looked at or customers will not have the power to govern the carrier's attempts of pushing limitations.
I am in an area with not alot of options. So this affects me quite a bit. I really wish in some areas there were more regulations. I am the LAST person to want the government to step in, but in some areas that is whats necessary.
your responsible, and morally upright person
Cause to me at least, the swear word
"liberal" means the complete opposite. Irresponsible & mortally loose.
Unfortunatly being two Conservative is also a bad thing... and this debate about unlimited data is a perfect one.
the strong conservative opinion: If you don't like it, go somewhere else or A Cell phone is a luxary
The strong liberal opinion: My phone should be free, service cheap, everything i want, and work everywhere
Neither of these "ideals" is correct in my opinion... a good balance of liberal and conservative views is generally the way things need to be. (my opinion obviously)
there needs to be more of a healthy balance between the two parties.
With Congress it's kind of backwards... It's nice when one party has control in that they can at least work towards their agenda (dont read that as an absolute, but rather a path of logic)
When it's split neither party can get anything done (see present day) because every issue splits votes and can't get passed
Again, you need balanced thinking politicians, not a balance of extremist? voters
Does that even exist anymore?
What's scary is a lot of these politicians are old enough to be grandparents, and yet their reckless spenders, . . . .not exactly, umm, mature!
VZW president saying that they did not see impact from customer base over the $30 upgrade charge, so it must be the right thing to do... sounds scary. Does this mean as long as we do not complain, they will continue to gouge us?
To put it bluntly, yes.
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