Top message: WE ALL NEED TO COMPLAIN: HERES HOW by WylieECoyote
Replying to: Re: WE ALL NEED TO COMPLAIN: HERES HOW by verizonccemp
Re: WE ALL NEED TO COMPLAIN: HERES HOW
I don't think it is fraud on Verizon's part, but I do think it is reminiscient of monopolistic tactics. If I remember correctly it used to be on landlines that only the phone companies' phones could be used for (their) fear third party devices would harm the system. It was not really true, only a ploy to force you to lease their phones.
Verizon has eliminated the consumer option to use a hardware feature of a device because of the existance of their proprietary extra cost feature. Eliminating the hardware manufacturer's hardware feature forces you to use their "for cost" feature. I would venture a guess that those two situations are more similar.
The courts did agree with consumers then that third party hardware could be used. It would seem that it would hold true now in this situation. Especially since the issue appears more about the corporate bottom line rather than system integrity or security.
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