Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Dec 2011 23:05 UTC
Legal I guess this is something many Americans hope would happen in the United States: the Dutch competition watchdog has raided offices of T-Mobile, Vodafone and KPN, the three Dutch carriers. The three carriers are accused of illegal price fixing, something they've already been found guilty of about ten years ago.
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Two countries perspective
by Flash3441 on Wed 7th Dec 2011 05:55 UTC
Flash3441
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2006-03-29

I spend half the year in the US and half the year in Australia, and neither country has anything resembling competition.

US
AT&T, Verzon, and Sprint raised their mobile phone contract exit fees by the same amount within 20 days of each other.
US watchdog's can't/won't do anything about it because it's the US and they never do anything about it.

Australia
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have organised it in a way where they take turns on who has the best deal every month. Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct Telstra can have the better deal. Feb/May/Aug/Nov is Optus' turn. Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec is Vodafone's time to shine.
Australia watchdog's can't/won't do anything about it because they need these companies to support them on their National Broaband Network plan.

Congrats to the Dutch for having a country and government that cares about them.

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