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http://www.macrumors.com/2009/07/06/u-s-department-of-justice-reviewing-wireless-carrier-exclusivity-agreements/
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Professor

Re: exclusivity agreements

Say bye bye to subsidized phones.
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Master

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Ehhh...and 9 pages of { Please keep it courteous }  arguing about it in the comments section.  Nothing to see here, move along.

 

This honestly means nothing.  Even if the government declares exclusivity agreements illegal, that doesn't mean people can take their iPhones to Sprint or Verizon and expect them to work (different technologies), and the 3G iPhones would be 2G on T-Mobile because of differing UMTS frequencies.

 


Blond37 wrote:
http://www.macrumors.com/2009/07/06/u-s-department-of-justice-reviewing-wireless-carrier-exclusivity-agreements/

 

 

Message Edited by Caretaker on 07-07-2009 08:00:17 AM
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Professor

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For the life of me, I cannot understand why the United States government would even bother getting involved with something like this.

With all that's going on in this country and the world, they have the resources, time and energy to involve themselves in this?

Amazing.
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Scholar

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My 2 cents: I'm glad they're looking into steroids in baseball and exclusivity agreements for cell phone carriers instead of wall street fraud and state-level finances (such as California).

 

At least we know the country is safe. Smiley Wink

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Doppler808 wrote:
Say bye bye to subsidized phones.

 

Yep, first thing I thought of. I don't know that it'd be gone for sure, but I'd definitely bet that the subsidy would go down a lot.
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Scholar

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Wider availability will not destroy subsidies. It will increase them by increasing the competition among companies for customers who want a particularly desirable phone (such as the iPhone). Subsidies are enticements to customers for signing an extended contract. If the phone is widely available and the customer has a choice, the company will have to raise their subsidy.

The Blackberry, sold by every major carrier, is almost being given away at this time.
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Professor

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Myrtlemaye wrote:
Wider availability will not destroy subsidies. It will increase them by increasing the competition among companies for customers who want a particularly desirable phone (such as the iPhone). Subsidies are enticements to customers for signing an extended contract. If the phone is widely available and the customer has a choice, the company will have to raise their subsidy.

The Blackberry, sold by every major carrier, is almost being given away at this time.

Not really BB is sold by every carrier, but certain models are exclusive to 1 carrier. Same goes with other cell companies out there. With people complaining about X years they are tied for to get subsidization I feel providers should have stop offering it a long time ago.
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