Registered: Feb 2003
Location: New York City
But can I *buy* 4 cell phones to leave on in the car, my desk drawer, etc. Sure. Will the provider charge me more for those extra phones? You betcha... Different market, different competition.
You are correct in saying that they are different markets, but, both face the same competitive challenges. The point is that with real "markets" there, in most cases, are more than one other competitor, thus forcing companies to offer their services/products at lower price levels or with enhanced features (still making huge profits). There are cell phone companies that offer multiple phones to share a set monthly amount of minutes for no extra charge. Just as broadband with a finite amount of bandwidth. I have a router the allows my wife to use her laptop wirelessly while I sit in my office typing to you guys. We, as a single family, pay for the service and use it to the best possible result once it enters are walls. The IRS recognizes us as one family. Directv seems to consider us the same entity when they offer programming packages titled, "Family", however they break us up when it comes to using their service once it enters our walls. All I am saying is that I don't consider that logically fair. Sitting back and saying, "well, there is nothing I can do about it", is easy, but we all know nothing would get done if that happened with everything. I can say with pride that I sent many letters out to politcal officials complaining of monopoly when Directv wanted to buy Dish. Those extra boxes would have cost a lot more now if that had happened. Anyway, just venting with the hope that it sinks in to someone's head.
I'm done for now,
11M customers, say $2.00/month average fee, gives them $22M/month, or $66M a quarter of mostly profit. Very, very unlikely anyone in any business would be able to justify dropping that unless there was severe market pressure.
They should attract more customers if they want that money, period!
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