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reply to KrK

Re: Market fail. Regulation is only way

No, if the carriers see enough complaints, and enough people going to the smaller carriers who don't require it, they will change eventually. This trend will probably work itself into the antiquated past just as the 10 min. "emergency" plans of 1997 did.

However appealing it is at the moment, government regulation is not the answer.

Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Tulsa, OK
Yeah, switch to the smaller carriers that compete with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular etc.

Ok let me just think of their names.... Hmmm. Seems like they are resellers. So they are also at the mercy of the top companies.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini


reply to IDriveForFun
While I am usually very much opposed to govt regulation of anything, I think at some point the govt needs to step in and reign in these mobile phone companies. There's only 4 real competitors and it seems like as soon as one raises their price they all do, none of them ever drop costs. So its really not free market capitalism at play. SMS messaging plans have gone up exponentially in cost but they cost the carriers basically nothing to send a message as they are piggy backed on calls. Data plans used to be $15, then $20, now they are all $30. Arent prices supposed to go down over time with new technologies?