Originally Posted by jblenio
Has there ever been a situation where the product you purchased was absolutely stuck to one service provider? I can't think of one.
Phones are exclusive to carriers all the time. The most recent is the Pre with Sprint, but it's certainly not a new practice.
On top of it, ATT's service is average at best. Dropped calls, high rates.
I don't get dropped calls, and I'm actually paying less with AT&T then I did with a Treo on Sprint. The real kicker? I use my iPhone ALLOT more then I used my Treo on Sprint - because it's actually useful!
Yes, there are pleanty of things in this thread that are ridiculous...
They have iPhone lovers trapped and stuck with them, while there are other networks out there that are not as saturated.
What's to say that if other carriers got the iPhone they wouldn't have the exact same issues? Or have even worse issues? Data usage on the iPhone is unprecedented...
Apple should just sell their iPhone and let customers use it on whatever network they want.
If they unlocked it and sold it open tomorrow, your choice would be TMobile. Sprint and Verizon are incompatible with the iPhone - the radios and cellular protocols are totally different.
I feel like I am imprisoned by Apple and ATT. It's the best phone, but if I don't want to use ATT''s service, then I'm stuck. I have no options. That's anti-competitive.
Yup, if you want an iPhone in the US you are pretty much stuck with AT&T (or you can get a 1st generation iPhone and go with TMobile). But it's certainly not anti-competitive. There are plenty of other companies that are free to compete with the iPhone and invent something better. Just because you don't get exactly what you want, doesn't make the existing situation anti-competitive
Sure, other service providers have lower prices, but I want the best handset...which I am willing to pay a premium for, and I want the lowest price, which is a choice I am not given.
Must suck to be you.
Egad, are people really this entitlement based these days? Do you routinely throw temper tantrums when you don't get exactly what you want?
Antitrust, anticompetitive, and I see a class action in the future.
In your dreams, maybe. Will never happen because it doesn't exist.
Shoot...I pay a crazy rate per month for my service, but I don't get any credits for dropped calls and spotty service.
If the dropped calls bother you that much, call customer service and get a service credit.
It still amazes me how we made such an easy transition from land lines with virtually perfect service, to mobile lines with terrible service at a price waaaayyyyyyy higher.
This right here shows your total unrealistic expectations. Land lines didn't always have perfect service - Ma Bell started over 100 years ago, yet it wasn't the 1950's
that they started becoming prevalent in rural areas - heck, even into the 70's party lines were common.
In the US, the wireless industry is in it's infancy comparatively. Primarily because we had an extensive land-line infrastructure. Look at countries like India that didn't have an extensive terrestrial infrastructure - wireless is much more prevalent.
It's market forces, not some grand conspiracy
Look at how AT&T is upgrading their infrastructure post-iPhone. They are scrambling to keep up with demand, and doing better at it in some areas then others...
It's jut not right.
What's not right are your over-inflated expectations and misguided sense of entitlement.
Unfortunately you aren't alone in your misgivings...