Friday, October 19, 2001

Telco Idiocy Sprint's family plan adds multiple phones to the same bill. But here in the US, cell phone users must pay to both make and receive calls (as a result of lobbying to protect land lines). Therefore, on this plan, family members pay twice as much as they would if one of them was a landline (presumably the initial state of affairs). As it's pretty safe to assume that family members on a shared plan mostly call each other, a family plan pricing scheme needs to compete with seperate plans (more flexible) and land lines (half the price) instead of just offering all the cost with none of the convenience. Sprint should realize it's in the business of helping people talk to each other (pretty basic).


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