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Comment: Re:What competition? (Score 2) 367

by geniusj (#35565484) Attached to: Why the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Is Bad For Consumers

I know that moderators have a soft spot for cynical comments, but I disagree. I think there IS competition in the US mobile market. This merger, however, will be another big blow to it, as T-Mobile has recently been an innovator in the space. T-Mobile brought European-style contract-free plans to the US, encouraging the use of unlocked phones. It also was the most vocal and earliest adopter of Android.

What the US mobile competition has shown me over the years is that consumers are not solely concerned with price. If they were: Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, etc would dominate the market. Instead, what's happened is the carriers instead compete on exclusive rights to the shiniest new phones, and consumers are willing to pay a premium to get their hands on them. So if you want to blame anyone for the lack of price competition with AT&T and Verizon, blame the consumers. The competition is alive; carriers have just found something to make consumers care about other than price.

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