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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 despotic931   Sep 15, 2011, 7:12 PM

Re: market concentration ≠ consumer choice

by Slammer    Sep 16, 2011, 3:33 PM

My post was not twisting any topic into an argument. But rather an extension of what The OP and myself have been discussing for months. You entered into a discussion out of sequence. While Sprint's move is understandable(I'm pro-Sprint by the way), the structure of the industry, has allowed the two largest carriers to simulate a cartel and acquire assets to trade with one another. They essentially can dictate freely. This trickles down to the other carriers and ultimately affects their pricing and policies to adjust for their bottom line as you eloquently stated. Wiwavelength and myself firmly believe that this is a symptom of Market Consolidation(Please read up on Oligolopy).

So while it appears you and I both agree on why Sprint and/or other carriers conduct their moves to remain relevant, I also don't follow suit with "The only GSM carrier" vs The only CDMA carrier. Since all carriers are adopting LTE, this argument is falling weaker in substance. What we disagree on however, is our stance on the said merger. Given very little choices for national carrier(and soon the loss of Tmobile), AT&T's possible merge, would give them 51% control and pricing, leaving Sprint to tread further water while Verizon waits to pounce on yet another victim of circumstance. I'm not willing to see an 80% control from only two carriers.

I understand the possibility of no other purchasers, but I also recognize and notate that there is indeed other options nonetheless where individuals feel there isn't. I want that choice.

I merely stress that the consumers need to recognize that a merge of this magnitude is very bad.

I would be curious in how you feel this merge is good for the entire industry. Not just AT&T/Tmobile customers. I am aware of few benefits, yet know that the lack of them, greatly offsets the advantages. Ultimately, that is what we should all be concerned about.

John B.

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