Originally Posted by dasanman69
Why would the government break up a monopoly that they awarded in the first place? What's a reasonable level? Everyone is applauding T-Mobile but they just got the worst ratings. It's laughable that you don't want your phone manufacturer to get into a race to the bottom but you want your carrier to do just that.
So-called "ratings" of mobile service though will vary considerably by location, and which "ratings" are you referring to? It's well documented that T-Mobile has gaps in its rural network, but if you live in a metro area, the service is generally fine. And even though they're still catching up with filling out their LTE network, the performance from their more widely deployed HSPA+ network is fast enough for most smartphone uses (my neighborhood, which is out of T-Mobile's current LTE range, averages 6 Mbps download and 2.5 Mbps upload speed).
What you refer to as a "race to the bottom" with mobile carriers, I refer to as choice and transparency and competition. As nice as smartphones are, I didn't even consider purchasing one until the service plans became more "reasonable" -- not only with the pricing, but with the service terms as well. I did not want a contract and I wanted to stay in the iOS ecosystem (already own an iPod touch and a cellular-enabled iPad), so I stayed on the sidelines so long as service plans required a contract or a high-priced plan to use an iPhone.
Consumers applaud T-Mobile because they expanded real choice in the market. Once T-Mobile expanded their prepaid and contract-free options, they addressed something that a large number of consumers clearly wanted. The network coverage and maximum data speed are not high priorities for me. So, I don't care to pay the higher base plan rates, puny data allotments, and overage charges associated with those carriers such as Verizon that have broader coverage. This is a totally separate issue from the "race to the bottom" occurring with smartphones (not made by Apple). I'm fine with paying more to get more. I just happened to see more value in a premium smartphone than premium cell service.