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Dealing With the China Cost Crater

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Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Cable, subscribers and carriers
Bolaji Ojo   11/15/2012 10:42:46 AM
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Barbara, I may not send the companies that far out (to Hades) but they certainly need a rethink. What's clear to me is that I don't like being fleeced and that's all I can say about being forced to pay monthly rental fees for a box that I could own outright.

Douglas Alexander laid out the reasons why China-based manufacturers could eventually take over the set top box market and increase their own market share. I could pity them. I don't. They should learn to compete -- and less greedy!

rohscompliant
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Re: Cable, subscribers and carriers
rohscompliant   11/15/2012 10:32:06 AM
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Barbara,

What you say is oh so true.......my father (god rest his soul) told me when I was a young buck in the 70's, that we would be paying for drinking water and television..........of course I thought he was nuts! ........I also would gladly pay the one time fee for a box........if I could get rid of the 'rental' fee. What else I find is ironic; got a letter in the mail form Comcast that i can order a new updated modem for my bundled service......went on their web site entered the required info and ......presto........i'm getting a new moden in 4-6 weeks ....and here is the kicker; i get to install it myself.......oh boy!!!.......and if I dont drive to their local office and return the old modem within 30 days of getting the new one they will charge me a fee.........progress & customer do it urself service!!!!!!

Their is a special place in Hades for them indeed....

 

Barbara Jorgensen
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Cable, subscribers and carriers
Barbara Jorgensen   11/15/2012 10:09:26 AM
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Douglas: Cable and phone service providers have a special place in Hades as far as I am concerned. As you point out, in the US they have the set-top box market cornered and the markup in huge. That holds true for many of the service packages they provide. My husband has started intercepting our cable bill becuase every time I see how we are being nickel and dimed I go crazy. (No offense, but men like their cable). This is a common complaint: it would cost us more to unbundle our phone from the cable/phone/modem package than it is to keep the phone.

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