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Re: Att The StraightTalk plan looks rather juicy.. Especially their promo with the SIM Card.
Heck, it'd be cheaper to buy a phone outright, a StraightTalk SIM, and a year of access on their $45 plan ($499 at the moment with a $40 discount). Sure, the initial cost would be a bit.. but you're still saving money. Not to mention not having to worry about getting chopped off, going over, or those monthly payments.
I'd buy a D4 outright, unlock it, and stuff in a StraightTalk SIM.
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Consumer Boycott ""Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before, and because of that the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee,"
Indeed they have; because barcode scanning the IEMI and inserting a SIM is so labor intensive.
Really, the solution for this is that consumers simply refuse the purchase if the sales associate won't waive the fee. I did this when the fee was $18; the sales person refused to waive it, the manager refused to waive it so I walked out of the store.
I purchased the device online and moved my existing SIM.
Re: Consumer Boycott i HATE that they put that sim card in before they ship, because i have to take the thing back out when i get it any way to transfer contacts from the old phone!! i dont think the average consumer is so dense they cant figure out how to pop the sim out of the "card" and in to the phone.
processing costs my rear! the imei is on a sticker on the outside of the freaking box! all they need to do is slap the sim "card" and other "upsale enclosures" in the box, close it, put in shipping box, slap label on, done.
that does not cost them $36. and even if it did, unless its a full price no contract purchase, theyl more than make that up over the contract. its just another BS just because we can fee..
not to mention the fact, that if its an online upgrade, when you get it YOU are supposed to verifi the imei and the number off the sim online during the activation process.
Re: So it is basically...
said by wkm001:Aren't activation fees typically waived as part of signing up for a contract extension? I see that advertised that way all the time.
an activation fee? Isn't that what everyone else calls it?
Re: So it is basically...
said by DataRiker:It was always waived for me by Sprint. Of course, I always dealt directly with Sprint and not a 3rd party phone seller.
I sell phones part time and we can not remove the upgrade fee. People ask all the time.
Rarely the carrier waives the upgrade fee, but that is not often.
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Re: So what?
said by elray:This is a news site about broadband, wired and wireless. When the 2nd largest US wireless broadband carrier pulls anti-consumer shenanigans, the news belongs here.
Upgrade fees are completely avoidable.
No one forces the consumer to contract with AT&T.
Next "controversy", please?
The solution may very well be to switch carriers. Thanks to stories such as this one, I have the facts available to me to plan accordingly.
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Re: Government involvement
said by cork1958:I did my part outlining many of the facts with these mergers and corporate culture at
Not that I'm for any type of government regulation, but somebody REALLY needs to do something with this company!!
Luckily for me, AT&T is no where near me, so I couldn't use them if I wanted to and I SURELY don't!!
This company need to be disbanded and sold off to smaller ones, just because........freaking pickles!!
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Really the best was to sum things up is the company is a MONOPOLY or at least a DUOPOLY who has a strong history of stiffing innovation, increasing prices while at the same time reducing service(s). And when they don't get their way, the current AT&T CEO Mr. Randall L. Stephenson goes to industry conferences or speaks on their investor conference calls and cries about how no one in the FCC likes them and everyone is out to get em like they are the boogeyman.
Sad to say this is one of the largest issues right now within the whole telecom space and government :
From: @attdestroysjobs to @SenJohnMcCain Sry ur McCain Fiengold Reform act on PAC donations aight working. Our CEO told #kStreet & #FCC
And you would think after so many years of corruption and ethics issues within not only the banking and financial sectors, but also telecommunications, healthcare and entertainment industries due to large political donations and interest groups looking to stuff money and buy politicians and political insiders that things would be different today.
Well Nope. sorry to say but they really truly are NOT! Just keep an eye out in the news and you will see, just the other day US President Barack Obama. Who won the election against John McCain in 2008-09. And pledged to not use SuperPac money, once again flip flopped on the issue or maybe his teleprompter broke down or was stolen and umm umm bum bum Mr. Obama had forgot what he pledged to NOT do only days before.
Oh well maybe when the US goes back to the days of Gopher and 300 baud modems and ordinary citizens see that having a US controlled RED button to shut down the internet or by allowing the government unrestricted access to US citizens emails, banking records, and ip addresses for 3 years. All because some idiot out of Texas Lamar Smith is also being influenced by PAC money from the entertainment industry/ Hollywood (trust me Hollywood is not hurting, in fact quite the opposite many of these celebs are dying of drug overdoses and alcohol issues and other substance abuse problems, because they HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY and are not happy). So anyway, hollywood puts money into Lamar Smith's piggy banks and as a result Lamar (Tx) dreams up silly things like
H.R 1981 which develops a policy of spying on US citizens, and NOT protecting against Child Pornography or other forms of abuse like it states.
People may begin to WAKE UP and be like OMG!#L what the heck did we do. So I urge you ALL do you part, get involved, heck start video taping your senators and congressman and elected leaders at public events and other rallies and post them up on Youtube or other services. And start holding these folks accountable.
Ideally the best way would be to call up the FCC, Department of Labor, Department of Science and Technology that these people sit on and tell them specifically that THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT stand for this.
Joseph "libbs" Libuszowski