Originally Posted by anantksundaram This
doesn't invite antirust scrutiny?!
As long as they didn't discuss it.
Airlines do this all the time. One airline raises its fees and the others all follow suit. Or if the others don't follow suit, the first one rescinds the increase. You're allowed to respond to market pricing changes. You just can't collude to change them.
Originally Posted by bongo
What the article doesn't seem to include is that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have been charging this fee for quite awhile now. AT&T was charging $18 and it sounds like they are going to raise it to $30 to match Verizon. Sprint charges $36 and T-Mobile charges $18.
Apple Insider is making much to do about nothing. You're paying $100+ a month....you shouldn't worry about $30 every two years.
One more reason for me to change.
Here's the way it plays out. I have 2 lines. I get an iPhone and my daughter usually gets an Android phone (she insists on a physical keypad since she sends several thousand text messages per month.
AT&T 2 year expense
$199 for iPhone
$99 for Android Phone
$3,600 monthly fees ($150 per month)
$30 upgrade fee
Straight Talk 2 year expense
$699 for iPhone
$499 for Android Phone
$2,160 for monthly fees ($45 per month per line)
Now, Straight Talk uses the AT&T network, so I won't be giving anything up on reception. So I save $570 every 2 years by using Straight Talk instead of AT&T. And Straight Talk gives me unlimited data - with AT&T I only have 2 GB for one phone and something like 200 K for the other, so I occasionally get overcharges, as well. In addition, I would imagine that AT&T gets a better price on the phones than I do, so the have some additional profit there.
Now, I wonder if someone at AT&T can explain to me how it is that Straight Talk is able to make a profit on this and I still save $570. Seems to me like AT&T is making PLENTY of money, so all this whining about needing to have extra charges to make up for the subsidies is nonsense.