There's a difference, but I'm not sure it is meaningful in the context of the article. It's like taxes... if you only count the taxes that I pay directly, then my tax burden is very low. But I think in a discussion of how much tax we pay, it is fair to include automatically withheld tax payments. This article seems analogous to me.
Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
On the cellular phone network.
Does it work?
If so, then they missed one.
But it still makes phone calls, unlike an iPod.
Are we arguing about imaginary upgrades for imaginary house helper robots?
Yes, I think people make upgrades to their house with the full knowledge that these will go obsolete. My whole house was wired to the hilt... with old-fashioned multi-line phone cable. Pretty much useless now. So I pull cable. As you say, eventually my CAT5e and CAT6 will go obsolete - and I'll upgrade again.
People who need a traveling robot will pay more for that capability, just as people who need to use power tools away from an outlet pay more today. People who don't want to buy a new "robot friendly" drill or dishwasher will pay extra for the more versatile model. It's all good - not everything needs to be homogenized like PCs were for a good run.
Oh, so that's why Obama's justice department sued to prevent T-Mobile from merging with AT&T.
That's my plan. Only 100 talk minutes, but extra is only 10 cents per minute. I rarely spend more than $10 on extra minutes.
But you don't tell the frog that you are boiling it.
I suspect that the reason the "major carriers" are seeing their per-customer revenue increase is because they are losing their price-sensitive customers.
Wifi? I pay for data, but the fact is that I don't really need to. Most of the time, I'm either sitting at work (with Wifi) or sitting at home (with Wifi). Even the train stations are plastered with "Xfinity" and friends.
Indeed. Clearly I need to stay in the cellar for a couple of days to let it work it's way out of my system.
That line worked 10 years ago, but the pay phones are all gone. You need to pay a little bit per year to keep a phone in the glove box just for occasional use. Or you can do what my in-laws do and just borrow strangers' phones! LOL.
Because they target their advertising in a very smart and effective way. I'm embarrassed to say that I probably would not have known about the great improvements in prepay if it weren't for the fact that I am friendly with the janitorial staff at work. I'm simply not exposed to the same kind of advertising that they are. They have all of these fantastic, cheap phone plans (and phones!) for low-income people but they manage to keep it mostly a secret from the majority of the mid to high income people. Most people kind of smirk when I tell them I am on prepay - even after I explain how I pay $60/month where they pay $150 for effectively the same usage.
All of their excuses are BS. For proof, I submit prepay as evidence. If you "charge" your T-Mobile account with a $30 card, it never costs more than $30/month for whatever service they are advertising, regardless of the market you are in.