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  •  Please explain what they are offering instead (1+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher

    'bundle' ? I'd rather find out what this means here, instead of having to go look for the story somewhere lse.
    also - what is 'crony' capitalism about it? Do you know the meaning of the phrase?

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:36:16 AM PDT

    •  They want to sell you TV, internet, phone (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Brown Thrasher, wsexson

      as a single bundle.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:26:34 AM PDT

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      •  Because it justifies them in charging more. (4+ / 0-)

        It works to their advantage and not to the advantage of consumers, of course.  

      •  If I had a family (2+ / 0-)
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        zaka1, ladyjames

        and a large income, bundling would be OK.

        However, as a low-income single person a $100/month for a non-essential expense is not acceptable.

        Maybe Verizon should cut the price to $40/month if a house hasn't had a bundle for say five years.

        That $40/month is $20/month more than basic phone service - $20/month pure profit for folks willing to make a deal.

        •  You bring up a (1+ / 0-)
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          important point, there are many single, divorced, and widowed people living alone without big incomes or large pensions and have to live within a certain income range.  It is time corporations realize that people do not have unlimited income.  It a reality that has been completely lost.  

          Plus, there are many disabled and elderly living alone that need phone service, basic phone service.  And if you ask me cable isn't worth paying for.  I refuse to pay for TV and programs are not worth it.  I get DVDs from the library, good documentaries, and not crap like the history channel.

          "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

          by zaka1 on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 02:04:02 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, it's worse (0+ / 0-)

          Bundling is only fun when they have the service to sell you. Even if I wanted to buy internet, phone, and TV from AT&T, they can't provide it to me.  Thus, why they'd like to drop me and my neighbors as customers entirely.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 03:21:46 PM PDT

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