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Old 08-26-2011, 01:36 AM
 
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You're dinged if you call and dinged if you don't.

AT&T has added a new $2-a-month "minimum use" fee to the phone bills of landline customers who don't have long-distance calling plans.


AT&T adds 'minimum use' fee for those who don't use long distance | cleveland.com
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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AT&T is a ruthless power monger. They regularly and arrogantly screw their customers.

The Department of Justice is my HERO for filing the antitrust suit to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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For most people, it just doesn't make sense to use a landline anymore. This adds another reason.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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For most people, it just doesn't make sense to use a landline anymore. This adds another reason.
Agree. If their objective is to drive more people from landlines, this is a good way to do it. With the precedent set, there will be increases in this 'non-use' fee. Other carriers will probably follow the example if there is no 'breakage' as a result of this tactic.

Unfortunately with landlines, carriers are often in a monopoly position (competition is not as with cellular) and landlines are more used by the elderly, often as their only phone.

The FCC (or whoever?) should look very closely at this tactic.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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For most people, it just doesn't make sense to use a landline anymore. This adds another reason.
If you live in the country ( we do) on a rural road ( we do) and are not out and about 12+ hours a day ( we aren't) then the landline makes a lot more sense. Our cellphone reception is also pretty poor, but the texting is fine.

Plus, there are **no** reverse 911 calls to cell phones ( we got one recently from the sheriff on the landline for a child abduction down the next road and have had them in prison breaks (5 miles away))

[Using: Verizon landline and AT&T cell / cannot wait until verizon gets FIOS here ( it is on the main road 1 mile away) -- at which point I would verizon everything]
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:20 AM
 
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For most people, it just doesn't make sense to use a landline anymore. This adds another reason.
But for quality wise,LANDLINES are much better!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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AT&T is a ruthless power monger. They regularly and arrogantly screw their customers.

The Department of Justice is my HERO for filing the antitrust suit to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.
I agree but in the end they will lose. AT&T throws lots of money around and knows how to get its way.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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I agree but in the end they will lose. AT&T throws lots of money around and knows how to get its way.
It's a shame that they don't actually use this money to build a reliable network. AT&T: "When you can't innovate, legislate!"
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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But for quality wise,LANDLINES are much better!!

In most cases under blind testing you wouldn't know the difference.
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Land of ice and snow
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Landlines are very much dinosaur technology. Eventually, they won't even offer landline service. Telcos are nothing like they used to be even 10 years ago. They are focusing more and more on wireless technology, high speed data modems, VOIP, and IPTV.
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