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It's time for a shift in contract terms......

There was a time when a phone purchased under the two year contract was fine. Technology didn't grow as fast, nor did the demands of the customer, the network, etc.

But now the landscape of the wireless industry has completely changed, and continues to do so at an amazing pace. The rapid advancement of operating systems and related apps is also growing at the same pace. 

The older two year contracts are in fact obsolete when considering the extremely quick technology growth. Especially when combined with ATT's total lack of updates. Android 1.5 was released nearly two years ago, and most apps now wont work with it, not to mention the lack of flash and numerous other applications. It appears that android is progressing about three generations a year.

Where does that leave the customer? Those with iphones might be ok, at least the last generation was given the option to upgrade their os. WP7 will also get updates, but being a new os they're probably under more scruteny to 'get it right' than otherwise. The rest of us (android) are pretty much scr$w&# (I'll avoid the custom rom issue, since it technically voids the warranty and isn't an 'easy/simple' option for all).

A one year contract seems much more reasonable these days. I'd have no problem if my phone, which came with update promises (dell streak), saw them. As it is, I'm now stuck with an 18month old operating system that's at leat four generations behind, and can't do many of the things I'd like or need to do.

There was a time when a phone purchased under the two year contract was fine. Technology didn't grow as fast, nor did the demands of the customer, the network, etc.

But now the landscape of the wireless industry has completely changed, and continues to do so at an amazing pace. The rapid advancement of operating systems and related apps is also growing at the same pace. 

The older two year contracts are in fact obsolete when considering the extremely quick technology growth. Especially when combined with ATT's total lack of updates. Android 1.5 was released nearly two years ago, and most apps now wont work with it, not to mention the lack of flash and numerous other applications. It appears that android is progressing about three generations a year.

Where does that leave the customer? Those with iphones might be ok, at least the last generation was given the option to upgrade their os. WP7 will also get updates, but being a new os they're probably under more scruteny to 'get it right' than otherwise. The rest of us (android) are pretty much scr$w&# (I'll avoid the custom rom issue, since it technically voids the warranty and isn't an 'easy/simple' option for all).

A one year contract seems much more reasonable these days. I'd have no problem if my phone, which came with update promises (dell streak), saw them. As it is, I'm now stuck with an 18month old operating system that's at leat four generations behind, and can't do many of the things I'd like or need to do.

It's time for a shift in contract terms......

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Tilt-A-Rama wrote:
Here wego again......speculation,proof? Give it up. I guess u never heard the expression,u know what time it is. Whatever ..... Ur sarcasm is misplaced. This is what time it is. The vendors will sell it at the same inflated price. Why?.....because that's what the market Will bear. Falls under supply & demand. U have heard of that? Comprende?

 

Actually no I don't since you are the one claim it, it is your swag. You are 100 percent correct - Vendors WILL sell it for what ever they can get for it - Basic Business Management 101, the main objective is to make a profit, they don;t do that - then there is no reason to be in business. Deal or leave.  I have the product you want it - pay my price or go somewhere else - gotta love capitalism at it's best.

 

Enjoy your day, I am done here


Tilt-A-Rama wrote:
Here wego again......speculation,proof? Give it up. I guess u never heard the expression,u know what time it is. Whatever ..... Ur sarcasm is misplaced. This is what time it is. The vendors will sell it at the same inflated price. Why?.....because that's what the market Will bear. Falls under supply & demand. U have heard of that? Comprende?

 

Actually no I don't since you are the one claim it, it is your swag. You are 100 percent correct - Vendors WILL sell it for what ever they can get for it - Basic Business Management 101, the main objective is to make a profit, they don;t do that - then there is no reason to be in business. Deal or leave.  I have the product you want it - pay my price or go somewhere else - gotta love capitalism at it's best.

 

Enjoy your day, I am done here

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wingrider01 wrote:

Tilt-A-Rama wrote:
Here wego again......speculation,proof? Give it up. I guess u never heard the expression,u know what time it is. Whatever ..... Ur sarcasm is misplaced. This is what time it is. The vendors will sell it at the same inflated price. Why?.....because that's what the market Will bear. Falls under supply & demand. U have heard of that? Comprende?

 

Actually no I don't since you are the one claim it, it is your swag. You are 100 percent correct - Vendors WILL sell it for what ever they can get for it - Basic Business Management 101, the main objective is to make a profit, they don;t do that - then there is no reason to be in business. Deal or leave.  I have the product you want it - pay my price or go somewhere else - gotta love capitalism at it's best.

 

Enjoy your day, I am done here


LOL. Fortunately, we do have some consumer protection laws. Unfortunately, our government entities frequently fail us.


wingrider01 wrote:

Tilt-A-Rama wrote:
Here wego again......speculation,proof? Give it up. I guess u never heard the expression,u know what time it is. Whatever ..... Ur sarcasm is misplaced. This is what time it is. The vendors will sell it at the same inflated price. Why?.....because that's what the market Will bear. Falls under supply & demand. U have heard of that? Comprende?

 

Actually no I don't since you are the one claim it, it is your swag. You are 100 percent correct - Vendors WILL sell it for what ever they can get for it - Basic Business Management 101, the main objective is to make a profit, they don;t do that - then there is no reason to be in business. Deal or leave.  I have the product you want it - pay my price or go somewhere else - gotta love capitalism at it's best.

 

Enjoy your day, I am done here


LOL. Fortunately, we do have some consumer protection laws. Unfortunately, our government entities frequently fail us.

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VZW has 1 year contracts, $70 more than 2 year commitment price.
VZW has 1 year contracts, $70 more than 2 year commitment price.

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Edited by pamelaz on Feb 27, 2011 at 9:04:55 PM

Actually no u dont?understand supply & demand. {Please keep it courteous} All the price gougers stick together to keep prices inflated. 

Actually no u dont?understand supply & demand. {Please keep it courteous} All the price gougers stick together to keep prices inflated. 

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