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geoffreyq

join:2009-07-18
Los Angeles, CA

When will AT&T stop RAPING their consumers?

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!



FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!

In financial terms it is called "milking the cow". SMS is dying (SLOWLY) and AT&T and other providers will squeeze every nickle out of it until it does die. That is normal business and has always been so.
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RichzCataz

@ca.gov
reply to geoffreyq

I guess AT&T doesn't need customers,, heres hoping they get their wish! (no customers!)



pnh102
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Mount Airy, MD
reply to geoffreyq

said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers?

You cannot rape the willing.

As long as people purchase from AT&T, they will keep doing this. Of course the government continues to rubber-stamp every telecom/Internet merger that comes down the pike so simply switching providers is becoming less of a viable option to deal with this.
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n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY
reply to geoffreyq

said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!

Realize? You're kidding right? Of course they know what they are doing. It isn't like AT&T's executives will wake up one morning and say "oh my god, we are really sticking it to customers. we need to reduce prices and give customers more options". Not going to happen...

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ctggzg
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join:2005-02-11
USA
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reply to geoffreyq

Text messaging isn't a critical, life-or-death service for normal people. They charge what customers will pay just like any company, as they should. I use Google Voice when I have a legitimate reason to send a text message every 3 or 4 months.


TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
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reply to geoffreyq

Vote with your wallet.

Do you really NEED the service?



r81984
Fair and Balanced
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join:2001-11-14
Katy, TX
reply to geoffreyq

$10 dollars for 1000 txt messages would be about 150KB total for $10.
That would be the price of $66,000 per Gigabyte.
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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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reply to geoffreyq

said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!

Their customers are free to go elsewhere. But they won't.


canesfan2001

join:2003-02-04
Hialeah, FL
reply to TheMG

How?
They won't let customers block incoming texts and they still charge for them. I get numerous unwanted texts every month.



Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
reply to elray

said by elray:

said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!

Their customers are free to go elsewhere. But they won't.

Well no, most are not free. Nevermind that most are tied to absurd high penalty fees...most have nowhere else to go as the competition is laughable in most areas and the few that do have multiple companies find that most have the same sky-high prices across the board

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
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said by Bill Neilson:

said by elray:

said by geoffreyq:

When will AT&T finally realize that they are RAPING their consumers? First they blocked tethering, then they put forth 2GB data plans, and now THIS!

Their customers are free to go elsewhere. But they won't.

Well no, most are not free. Nevermind that most are tied to absurd high penalty fees...most have nowhere else to go as the competition is laughable in most areas and the few that do have multiple companies find that most have the same sky-high prices across the board

No, sorry. They ARE all free to go - the new rates do not apply to existing contracts. Early termination fees are not relevant - you committed to those up front when you were salivating over the latest gizmo.

The competition does offer better rates for nearly every class of service.
Unfortunately, if you don't bother to shop, you'll never discover that.
And that's why AT&T is able to continue their practice.


Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

said by elray:

No, sorry. They ARE all free to go - the new rates do not apply to existing contracts. Early termination fees are not relevant - you committed to those up front when you were salivating over the latest gizmo.

The competition does offer better rates for nearly every class of service.
Unfortunately, if you don't bother to shop, you'll never discover that.
And that's why AT&T is able to continue their practice.

No need to apologize. As I said and is done every day, most are not free to leave with the hundreds of dollars in penalties leveled against them for wanting to get out months after buying the phone.
Did you happen to stick your head under a pillow recently when AT&T jacked up their ETF's for what...the 3rd time in 2 years? Did you happen to see the sheer number wanting to switch yet not doing so b/c they didn't want to pay an absurd amount even after months of buying the original phone?

If I wanted to choose a company that offered coverage in my area WITHOUT any ETF's, I would not have had any cell phone in 3 of the last 4 cities that I lived in. Ah, what great competition. I had so many choices!

This site sees story after story of people begging someone else besides AT&T or Verizon to come into their area and offer something...anything....remotely decent....and they would jump

But, they can't...and they won't b/c cell phones or service is vital to their jobs, families, etc...and the need of it in general will override the absolutely atrocious service given to them.

The idea of competition being there but the thousands of people on here and elsewhere who cant find it...are just missing it somehow....I mean, huh? Do people not laugh out loud at the stupidity of that?

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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said by Bill Neilson:

No need to apologize. As I said and is done every day, most are not free to leave with the hundreds of dollars in penalties leveled against them for wanting to get out months after buying the phone.
Did you happen to stick your head under a pillow recently when AT&T jacked up their ETF's for what...the 3rd time in 2 years? Did you happen to see the sheer number wanting to switch yet not doing so b/c they didn't want to pay an absurd amount even after months of buying the original phone?

If I wanted to choose a company that offered coverage in my area WITHOUT any ETF's, I would not have had any cell phone in 3 of the last 4 cities that I lived in. Ah, what great competition. I had so many choices!

Once again - those supposedly "raped" by AT&T's terms do so voluntarily - they only apply to new customers. Those are the customers referenced at the top of this thread. The rest of the flock, under contract, joined voluntarily, with the full knowledge of the ETF / balloon payment, which did not increase within their contract. ETF's were increased with new "smart" phones, to buy down the phone and the rate plan. No one was forced to sign those agreements or buy those phones. Everyone in question is free to go.

I don't know where you live or shop, but I've yet to go anywhere in this country that I couldn't obtain a cell phone from a half-dozen companies without an ETF. Maybe you should ask here, or on HowardForums, before you make your next commitment.

said by Bill Neilson:

This site sees story after story of people begging someone else besides AT&T or Verizon to come into their area and offer something...anything....remotely decent....and they would jump

But, they can't...and they won't b/c cell phones or service is vital to their jobs, families, etc...and the need of it in general will override the absolutely atrocious service given to them.

The idea of competition being there but the thousands of people on here and elsewhere who cant find it...are just missing it somehow....I mean, huh? Do people not laugh out loud at the stupidity of that?

Competition exists all over the place, but in the populist DSLR forum, it is ignored and belittled. I grew up in the monopoly era, and watched it be torn down by the DOJ and Judge Greene, with a little help from the FCC and Congress. I would have preferred we kept the regulated [natural] monopoly, but that ship has sailed.

But of all the domains concerned here (Broadband, Landline, Cellphones/Wireless, Pay TV), cellphones are by far the winner in the deregulation derby. If you can't find multiple competitive options in your town, indeed, maybe we should laugh out loud at the stupidity, if we were as uncivil as Maxine Waters. Where in this country is anyone so limited?


Henshinka

@windstream.net
reply to pnh102

RE:Re:You Cannot Rape The Willing Re:When will AT&T stop RAPING.

You basically just said all AT&T customers are whores and AT&T is the pimp, and I couldn't agree with you more, unless it was about things we haven't discussed yet, and that would be weird at best, but positively creepy at worst, like Lily Tomlin inside Steve Martin's body in that movie which you practically don't need to see because the premise gives you all the chuckle you will receive had you actually seen it.



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reply to canesfan2001

Re: When will AT&T stop RAPING their consumers?

said by canesfan2001:

How?
They won't let customers block incoming texts and they still charge for them. I get numerous unwanted texts every month.

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