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And just because you repeat it doesn't mean it's true. We disagree on this point.
We seem to have an fairly large consensus on this thread, from all sides , that the cell phone industries practices are unfair. And because a company is making money with an unfair, BUT LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT, why should we not voice our displeasure? Companies are in business to make money - and they can make a lot more money with unfair contracts -ala the company store, or payday loans. "Don't sign. Don't complain. Unfairness is only caused by complaining.If I...
Why Not?? It doesn't mean the "bitching" or - as some WHINERS would call it - asking to re-negotiate with a company is bad in itself? They could jsut say "NO" couldn't they? And legally they'd just continue to collect form the contract.Why can't we do this after we discover how unfair the contract is? What's your beef? Life is unfair so we should capitulate like you did with your last 6 cell phone contracts?(And isn't that also the solution for unwanted teen pregnancy too...
Why is it WHINING if someone voices the opinion that they are being treated UNFAIRLY? That's my beef. It's the same language used by some in politics who say the people we tortured where WHINERS becuase wanted the torture to stop. Or that women were WHINERS when asking for the vote. Or that freed slaves in the south WHINED about the literacy test and poll taxes. Now - a smart phone is NOWHERE is important as those other issues - but it does seem to be a pathology used by...
No, it's being an apologizst for a consumer unfriendly system. We know that the system currently works this way - and we want it to change. Some people consider it whining. Others consider unfair to our corporate overlords. The contracts for nearly all cell phone carriers are completely unfair to the consumer. And becuase we signed them they are legally binding. It doesn't mean that we can't ask for a change. And if AT&T agrees we can sign a different contract. I thought...
First, let me say I love you using a quote from store owner in the movie "Falling Down" to make your point. Second, I'm not exactly sure how much AT&T "subsizes" the phone. Why don't I know? It's not in our contracts, or anywhere to be seen on their website. I think what some of us want are more transparency in our contracts - like taking all the fine print and putting it on the advertisements in some form. Something like: "iPhone 3G, just $199 for two years - even if a...
This happened last year right after the keynote - and then AT&T came out with an upgrade policy with no $200 premium a week later (and before launch.) I'll try to find a link, but I remember this *distinctly* from last time too.
No, I always have a Mac *and* a Windows machine. I'm just not upgrading the Mac until they improve the performance to the level of the Dell (or beyond.) I used to upgrade the Mac every two years, now it looks like 3 years is a more sensible timeframe. (Honestly, if the Macbook aluminum had firewire I may have bought one. But to buy a laptop that can't import my current camcorder's footage didn't make sense to me.)
I *just* bought a Dell Core i7 (6gb ram, Radeon 4850) from Microcenter for $899. Looks like I won't be upgrading my Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Intel (Bought in 2006) unless/until Apple comes out with a machine near this pricepoint, or betters it with dual Core i7 (no motherbaords for Dual Core i7s have been introduced yet.) That Core i7 iMac that never emerged (rumors were on this site) would have gotten my money (even at $1499), but I can't see a reason to update unless they...
HMM, your right. I thought it was that $26 dollar activation fee . I know sometimes you have to pay tax on the full retail value of the item and not the actual price. DirecTV worked like that - so even though you got the receiver for $200 cash they booked the sales as $400 with a $200 discount on future service. I dunno. My receipt says: Sub-Total $ 299.00 Tax@7.75% $ 38.67 Total $ 337.67
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