Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jul 2009 22:03 UTC
Legal It was more or less not a question of if, but when, and now we're here: the US Department of Justice is said to launch an investigation into the US telecommunications industry to see if the two biggest players, AT&T and Verizon, are abusing their market position. Even though Apple is not a target for the probe, the usually trustworthy Wall Street Journal states that the iPhone/AT&T deal will also come under scrutiny [subscr. req.].
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RE: Wow, so attractive...
by avuton on Mon 6th Jul 2009 22:46 UTC in reply to "Wow, so attractive..."
avuton
Member since:
2009-07-06

Spot on. All I've been wanting is to get a decent phone from one of the local carriers with decent prices (MetroPCS or Cricket) and the best thing they have is a blackberry; which is good, but I'd like to get an android which those are all locked in to high price cell services. I'd pay full price for the phone, that's not a problem, it's definitely severely limiting my choice.

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RE[2]: Wow, so attractive...
by Macrat on Mon 6th Jul 2009 23:11 in reply to "RE: Wow, so attractive..."
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

Spot on. All I've been wanting is to get a decent phone from one of the local carriers with decent prices


But why do you expect to rely on a carrier for a phone?

Do you rely on your internet service for a computer?

That's the real problem with these national mobile phone scams.

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RE[3]: Wow, so attractive...
by DrillSgt on Mon 6th Jul 2009 23:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow, so attractive..."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

But why do you expect to rely on a carrier for a phone?

Do you rely on your internet service for a computer?

That's the real problem with these national mobile phone scams.


That is the problem in the US. You can't buy any phone and expect it to work with your carrier. Either the carrier offers it, or they will not turn it on for their service. The iPhone is a prime example, as to have one you *have* to use AT&T. Basically you are stuck with the phones your carrier has, or pay the exhorbitant fee to cancel your contract and go with the carrier that has the phone you want.

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