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confuseddemocrat
12:58 PM on 11/26/2011
When will the feds use their powers under the Sherman Antitrust statutes to investigate the practices of the phone companies, banks and internet service providers?
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jeffhintx
Yummy gruel! Thanks 1 percent!
01:04 PM on 11/26/2011
In this day and age?
You have to be joking. In this day and age the Sherman Antitrust Act is considered socialism.
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Tom95134
01:51 PM on 11/26/2011
IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. They pay too many lobbyists and make to many contributions to Congressional Election Campaigns.
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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
12:58 PM on 11/26/2011
I have had a sprint family plan for 7 years.
If they abandon the unlimited plan, I will leave them.
No question.
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jeffhintx
Yummy gruel! Thanks 1 percent!
01:05 PM on 11/26/2011
Leave them for who? They're the last unlimited carrier, article says.
You leave, you're running into the arms of the hostage takers.
We're in the same boat as you, long term family plan just like you.
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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
01:20 PM on 11/26/2011
I would be fine going to one of the non-carrier plans.
The monthly guys, switching to whichever is lower.
I have had a great experience with Sprint, but I'm not willing to pay a varied amount each month, especially with three college kids on the plan.
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Jon Combs
What's crackin boo boo?
01:42 PM on 11/26/2011
There are many unlimited carriers actually. I use Straight Talk through Wal-Mart. No contracts, unlimited everything, and only $45 a month. Past that, it actually uses the sprint network with my phone anyway.
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Tom95134
01:52 PM on 11/26/2011
You can't go to any other carrier and get unlimited data in a new plan. I'm with AT&T and have it grandfathered in to my plan. It's the one thing that keeps me with Ma Bell.
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demisfine
Often correct, NEVER right.
02:00 PM on 11/26/2011
I hope they keep grandfathering you, that you don't get phased out when they combine with Verizon.
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lfluty2
90% disabled vet, agnostic, biz owner & former (R)
04:41 PM on 11/26/2011
I have the verizon $30 unlimited data plan... 90% of the time my kids are streaming netflix.. I use like 150 minutes a month.

Im really overpaying.. but I dont want to cancel it because I dont want to loose that plan and have to get something much worse down the road.
12:56 PM on 11/26/2011
"Moreover, some analysts said that the $6 billion breakup package AT&T will have to pay T-Mobile if the deal fails would make T-Mobile into a more formidable rival to Sprint in the market for cost-conscious mobile consumers."

The only problem with this statement is that the money is going to the parent company DT and there is no guarantee that TMO would see any of it.
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beardown
12:48 PM on 11/26/2011
Don't care! I will stay with Apple and AT&T!
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SemperVeritas
Truth be told
03:04 PM on 11/26/2011
Really?! Why on earth???
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Tanker10a
Retired Aviator
06:24 AM on 11/27/2011
Ditto!
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Kriol Kidd
Laissez les bons temps rouler les gens
12:44 PM on 11/26/2011
It was only a matter of time before the other phone companies leaned hard enough on Sprint to gouge the customers as well.

This is how a monopoly is created.
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confuseddemocrat
12:52 PM on 11/26/2011
more like a trust.......I guess soon we will be back to the days of Standard Oil
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Kriol Kidd
Laissez les bons temps rouler les gens
12:58 PM on 11/26/2011
Yeah, better choice of words. My point though is that stuff like this used to be illegal.
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Word2ThaWize
Political parties are rotting our nation. Wake up.
12:37 PM on 11/26/2011
This is but one of the reasons I grabbed a dumbphone and got rid of my last one. Besides using a "phone" in such a manner is something I don't have time for. A phone is a phone, and I refuse to be one of those zombies my lady and I have accompanied to parks, movies, and performances, who are on their idiot boxes so much, they might as well not be there anyway. Some of these people are so pinned to their junkbox that it doesn't matter where they are, they're not participating in reality anyway- something I refuse to allow to happen to me.
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7tsgirl
01:32 PM on 11/26/2011
I was just in the theatre a few days ago to see J. Edgar and this woman sitting next to me was texting on her blackberry the whole freaking time...all I could hear was tap tap tap as she texted and the light from her phone was a distraction as well....I eventually got up and moved because she was ruining my movie experience...assigned seating but thankfully other seats in my row were empty.
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Word2ThaWize
Political parties are rotting our nation. Wake up.
09:21 PM on 11/26/2011
I know the type exactly- there are peeps like those we avoid now at all costs. Lesson learned.
01:44 PM on 11/26/2011
Have fun living in the past. The convenience of a smartphone is something that eventually no one will be without. Yes, it's probably eroding the social interaction skills of some people, but these are the same people who would be chatting away during a movie or staring off into space at a lunch date anyway; you're not missing anything! It's not like smartphones turn respectable people into zombies; if you have the respect BEFORE you buy the phone, you're not going to lose it by having the phone.

Also, phones are no longer just phones and that's something people are going to have to accept. Yes, there are still phones that don't surf the web and do all sorts of things, but "phone" doesn't just mean "call-making device" anymore. The world changes; change with it or be left behind.
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pjohns
Let nature be a teacher
02:12 PM on 11/26/2011
I love "change with it or be left behind." Sounds like the rapture, if you'll permit me a smile. Only those with phones are taken up to heaven.
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Word2ThaWize
Political parties are rotting our nation. Wake up.
09:18 PM on 11/26/2011
No, I merely have a job where I actually do something for a living other than sitting at a desk. My hands are full. Many in this country are afriad of jobs like I have.
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Adrienne Williams
Scifi Geek, Delirium Today, Enneagram Life
12:36 PM on 11/26/2011
I love my Cricket phone, will never go back....$60 bucks Android... why are folks paying all that money? I have Skype, I have my laptop and soon my Kindle Fire. I'm all set!
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rltballer
why is equality difficult for some to understand?
12:59 PM on 11/26/2011
Cricket is not available here.
This user has chosen to opt out of the Badges program
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azxff
Every day a holiday and every meal a picnic :)
01:14 PM on 11/26/2011
In most places where Cricket is not available Straight Talk is. ST uses the Verizon network and sells an unlimited everything pre-paid plan for $45 amonth. And they offer a variety of smart phones including the new Samsung with Android....Find it at Wal-Mart.
01:43 PM on 11/26/2011
I used to have Cricket, but I traveled for work quite a bit. Once I landed in Seattle, and didn't have service, I had no choice but to go to a major carrier. I love Cricket's pay as you go thinking, but if I'm in a major city and don't have service, then I can't really take advantage of it.
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Adrienne Williams
Scifi Geek, Delirium Today, Enneagram Life
01:54 PM on 11/26/2011
When was that? It's in all 50 states now. I was just in st cloud MN, and didn't have any issues.... the plans have changed, maybe since you had it! check it out... but I understand...
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clearthinker16
reads, investigates and thinks before making stupi
12:24 PM on 11/26/2011
this will not affect me at all, I do not use the data services, but I will see how this works out