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Verizon Will Divest 15 More Markets to Acquire Alltel

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I wish they would not acquire Alltel in the first place

eric_cartman

Oct 10, 2008, 8:08 PM
Alltel is nice. Cheap plans, UNMODIFIED phones.

Now...
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XXX

Oct 10, 2008, 9:06 PM
Well, Alltel has been crippling their phones somewhat for about a year now. They've begun blocking file transfer capabilty so that's not a good sign. They have not standardized their UI yet, but hopefully Verizon will take over before that happens. I could care less about having red bars on my screen.
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Jayshmay

Oct 11, 2008, 3:36 AM
By file transfer, are you referring to bluetooth object exchange?
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bocephus22

Oct 11, 2008, 6:01 AM
yes
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XXX

Oct 11, 2008, 9:18 AM
Yes, this and not being able to trasfer files using a memory card either. from what I've read Alltel is claiming it's some sort of copyright issue. Of course this is an insult to even a moron's intelligence and they should just come right out and say we want you to use our pay services. However, I love my phone and my service with them so I can live with it.
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Cellinovation

Oct 11, 2008, 9:30 AM
To an extent this is a copyright issue.
Carriers are starting to take heat from the RIAA and various other copyright holders for enabling their users to infringe on a copyright. Most carriers now are starting to limit file transfer in this manner. Copyright holders are supposed to get a mechanical rights fee, as well as a royalty for the little snippet everyone wants to use for ringtones. I dislike the practice of crippling any option in a phone as much as you do, but I understand why they need to do it.
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XXX

Oct 11, 2008, 12:20 PM
Well, the greedy little pigs you call copyright holders can just hold on to their private parts. I've been having ringtones and wallpapers sent to my phone via SMS messages from a website and for free. I could care less if copyright holders get ther share as I am still getting their ringtones for free and I do not feel the slightest bit guilty about it. With our country and economy going down the toilet, who the hell has money to spend on stuipd little things like ringtones.
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Cellinovation

Oct 11, 2008, 3:58 PM
I'm not saying that I agree with everything that has been done, but you can blame the RIAA, and Metallica for the new DCMA that prohibits transfer of copyrighted material.

The DCMA even makes it illegal for us to back up movies that we own, and use the backup so our if our kids ruin the backup we don't have to buy another copy of the movie.

The carriers are just protecting themselves from lawsuits. I can respect that. If you ask me the DCMA goes too far!
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fracturedpsyche

Oct 12, 2008, 10:03 PM
just thought i'd point out that since our economy is largly based on consumer spending, the purchase of ringtones and the like from their rightful owners would stimulate the economy. just saying. Cool
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