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Vaguely related flame post.

Troll-Bait

Dec 22, 2011, 9:29 PM
Imagine how a company, as innovative as this one, would do if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger had been allowed to go through. ESPECIALLY if the predictions of the government control advocates are correct and AT&T's prices went through the roof following the merger.

People would be scouring the country for alternatives, leaving the big bad "monopolies," "duopolies," or whatever you want to call them behind and looking for companies just like this!

But the status quo remains. Nothing changes because "change is bad for the consumer." Rate plans will remain the same and it will be harder and harder for companies like this to take off.

Oh well, at least we have an awesome nation-wide LTE service coming pretty soon who has purchased billions o...
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WiWavelength

Dec 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
Troll-Bait said:
Imagine how a company, as innovative as this one, would do if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger had been allowed to go through. ESPECIALLY if the predictions of the government control advocates are correct and AT&T's prices went through the roof following the merger.

People would be scouring the country for alternatives, leaving the big bad "monopolies," "duopolies," or whatever you want to call them behind and looking for companies just like this!


You make a decent point, Troll-Bait. But it overlooks numerous negative possibilities. Consider these caveats.

Republic Wireless is an MVNO, and it operates on the Sprint network. That is important for at least two reasons.

One, like all MVN...
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Steve Jobes

Dec 23, 2011, 11:08 AM
Do you think AT&T and VZW fix prices? I know that's highly illegal, but the law doesn't absolutely barr such activity from happening.
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WiWavelength

Dec 23, 2011, 3:24 PM
Steve Jobes said:
Do you think AT&T and VZW fix prices? I know that's highly illegal, but the law doesn't absolutely barr such activity from happening.


I doubt that VZW & AT&T collusively fix prices, which is illegal. But they (and, in some cases, Sprint and T-Mobile, too) certainly do seem to have largely similar prices and offerings. That makes it difficult to judge if those prices and offerings are competitive or anti competitive.

AJ
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Mark_S

Dec 27, 2011, 5:22 PM
EXACTLY!!!!!
Makes it more difficult to judge.
Stay away from the microscopic eyes of the FCC.
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WiWavelength

Dec 27, 2011, 6:21 PM
Mark_S said:
EXACTLY!!!!!
Makes it more difficult to judge.
Stay away from the microscopic eyes of the FCC.


I am reminded of a scene from the film "Road to Perdition":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dyhBVEQi9U »

This is why maintaining competition (or, if no other alternative, regulation) is so important in the wireless industry, which is effectively a closed market with immense barriers to entry for new competitors.

Sure, we could allow VZW and AT&T to swallow up or force out most of the rest of the industry. And prices might not go up. And service might improve. But had we maintained vigorous competition among many carriers, could we have had even lower prices and even better choices?

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