Originally Posted by bigmc6000
They do compete - obviously. You pointed it out in your post how they compete. You chose a service that gives you a non-smart phone because you didn't like the price of the smart phone - that's the regular phone competing with the smart phone (and possibly another carrier).
Apple not only wanted to make $ off the iPhone they needed to make $ off the iPhone so they went to Verizon and they said no go so they went to AT&T who said sure. Apple has now used those massive profits to continue to make the iPhone better and since Apple got the guaranteed money from AT&T they pushed forward with the iPhone and now, because of the success of the iPhone other companies are making iPhone competitors (which are also carrier exclusive because, just like Apple, they need money as well).
You can't have 1 without the other.
Your post explains the problem.
The carriers compete by utilizing the features of devices they allow on their network.
Instead carriers should compete based upon the price, service and reliability of their network.
The phone company doesn't tell us which phone we can use on the phone lines, we are free to buy a phone from Walmart, Radio Shack or Bang and Olsen. We are able to take that phone when we move and plug it in to the local phone company and it works just fine.
People should be able to take any phone to any carrier. Because there are different type networks, phones should be cross network capable with major networks.
Sure the phone has to be authorized to work on a network, and certain devices the carriers have a right to refuse if abuses the network, but the carriers shouldn't decide who they are going to favor or who gives them the most kickbacks. This is illegal competition.
We are paying the carriers the equal of a MacBook Pro every two years because of this illegal competition.
Apple makes one cross platform phone and can sell more of them because nearly everyone can do what they want.
Despite what the carriers are saying they need to charge the same for data as voice, people use data a hell of a less time than voice.