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The Phone You're Paying For But Not Getting

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Need More Regulations

Slammer

Mar 20, 2013, 3:57 PM
A few of us always catch hell for this, but the wireless industry is running amoke without much of a leash. Regulations please!

I want to commend Phone Scoop for bringing this issue to the front again. While we purchase phones, most tech geeks are aware of the shady practice. However, most consumers are not. They don't generally read the print of regular price. They only see what they are paying out the door. I have said for many years that this is a scam. Yes, I understand the price to offset the subsidy, but as stated in the article, the end of contract bill should reflect a satisfied pay down on the phone and forego the 20 dollar charge. Otherwise, we are still paying for a paid off product.

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Rusty Shackleford

Mar 21, 2013, 2:45 AM
Yes, what we need are even more regulations in society because we have to protect those who are too stupid and lazy to pay attention to what can clearly be seen with even a passing glance at the costs of cellular communications. It sure would be a shame if someone had to turn away from their celebrity gossip tweets to pay attention to their own life for a second wouldn't it?
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Slammer

Mar 21, 2013, 7:38 AM
Evidently, you didn't see the depth of the article. The "Costs of cellular communications" should be estimated in billable services BEFORE adding in the subsidy of the device. This should include everything with running a business. Once the device is paid off, one should only have to pay for these extended running services. Not for something already paid off. What is so hard to see about that. We are not complaining about paying for the cost of cellular communication. If you don't upgrade your handset after contract expires, you're starting to pay for that device all over again. Laws prevent this in all other industries. But, by your definition, it is perfectly ok for the wireless industry?

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mike87

Mar 21, 2013, 11:58 AM
I understand the article and the "idea" or, let's call it, a "theory"... But isn't it possible that the company really is charging the correct price? ... after factoring in everything that goes on, including fraud and different costs, expansion, debt, etc... Maybe they do need to continue charging the same price and they just assume most customers will upgrade roughly every two years anyways. Besides:

1. They really don't start making money off an activation for almost two years.

2. How would they explain this to EVERY customer that asks why their friend pays $20 less per month? How will they post prices in pamphlets so that the simple easily understand? Most people just want a free phone and don't understand the subsidy at all...

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