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6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 2, 2012, 22:07 Ant
 
I am glad I don't have any mobile phones since I don't need one. Now, Internet landlines is a different story. :/  
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5. Re: RE: Follow up Dec 2, 2012, 14:45 UConnBBall
 
I blame Apple and their ONE SIDED deals with the carriers. My Sprint bill went up $40 a month after they inked a deal with Apple.

They get $34 a month from AT&T for every iPhone on their system AND they get the highest costing phone and they sell it for $200. So as a Android user I am screwed!!!
 
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4. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 2, 2012, 12:58 Fantaz
 
$170/month?!?! Is there anyone out there actually paying that much for their cell phone bill?  
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3. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 2, 2012, 07:44 Ray Marden
 
The whole market is set around price fixing.

Our contract recently ended and, if we were to maintain the same service we had the last two years on a new phone, our cost would increase a good 15% or more.

Looking at plans that are equivalent to a 6GB family plan with data, text, calls, and insurance, the four carriers I compared all fall within a charge range of $9.62:

Verizon: $170.36/month.
Sprint: $171.99/month.
T-Mobile: $175.96/month.
AT&T: $179.98/month.

I guess that is what "competition" gets us these days - increased cost for identical service, decreased service with throttling, and/or equivalent pricing between all carriers.

Or, now that we are off contract, surely our monthly charge has decreased significantly since we have presumably paid off our existing phones, right? Oh...
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2. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 1, 2012, 22:04 Silicon Avatar
 
I like smartphones but the way they charge for data is stupid. I had to sign up for a gig plan on my phone and I might use 200 megs a month on a busy month. It's more expensive because they like it that way and won't make enough tiers to support everyone's real needs.

 
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1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 1, 2012, 16:03 killer_roach
 
Seems like Sprint's business strategy boils down to "if it pisses off Deutsche Telekom, do it".

They're pretty much guaranteeing that there'll be a duopoly in American cell phone service (and a monopoly in each major technology class) before too long.
 
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