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Sprint Shortens Return Policy from 30 Days to 14 Days

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Top message:  market concentration ≠ consumer choice by WiWavelength   Sep 15, 2011, 1:09 PM

Replying to:  Re: market concentration ≠ consumer choice by Slammer   Sep 15, 2011, 4:52 PM

Re: market concentration ≠ consumer choice

by despotic931    Sep 15, 2011, 7:12 PM

No, my point was that this change being twisted into an argument against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is ridiculous and has nothing to do with "market concentration". (this is me paraphrasing what I said in my initial post for you)

You would think that people who are upset about "market concentration" would be a little more receptive to a move which puts a wireless company, which has been hurting a bit lately, in line with it's competition and does so while also saving it millions of dollars. (this is logical, yes?)

Heaven forbid Sprint goes under and we are left with only one CDMA carrier. I mean with only one CDMA carrier we won't have any other choices! (take note of my mockery of the "only one GSM carrier argument)

Now don't get me wrong, all of the wireless companies make moves that don't always put the consumer first. After all, they are businesses. What surprises me is those who forget the actions of some companies, and hold grudges against others for years. You can't be upset when a company makes a move that half the industry has already made, especially not given the circumstances, and given what the original poster is complaining about. After all, isn't a company who makes no move to better their bottom line (also known as profit for you non-business types) bound to be left in the dust and eventually go under? A company that doesn't put itself first is only destined to fail, and a failed company has no way to serve a consumer, leaving the consumer less choices due to, you guessed it, "market concentration". If Deutsche Telekom hadn't already announced it's desire to get out of the North American market, I may view the merger differently, but they did, so this is where we are at now. (Seriously, Verizon sucks and is out to make money for themselves, AT&T sucks and is out to make money for themselves, Sprint sucks and is trying to make money for themselves, T-Mobile sucks and is going away one way or another whether you like it or not)

So, to summarize, yes I am pro merger. My reason for this is that T-Mobile is destined to dissapear. Yes, people have this grand pipe dreams about some venture capital coming to save the day, but let's face it, that isn't going to happen. Either AT&T will buy them, which is best for AT&T customers, as well as T-Mobile customers, or they will be sold off piece by piece, and I can't figure out who would benefit from that. Either way people will lose jobs, either way some people will be screwed/upset/pissed off, and either way half the people on here who don't have a general understanding of business will argue for the sake of arguing. That is until the next wrongdoing due to "market concentration" takes place. Then we will have to hear you complain about that...

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