Telcos Offering Free iPods If You Complain About Cable Companies

from the conflict-of-interest? dept

In the battle between telcos and cable companies, both sides like to look for "public opinion" that proves their point -- but unfortunately there are way too many cases where that "public opinion" is bought and paid for by the companies it benefits. We've seen this with Astroturf campaigns funded by one side or the other, and now Broadband Reports points out that a front organization funded by Verizon is handing out free iPods to people who complain about their cable provider.


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    kingmanor, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 4:56pm

    guilty

    honestly, I'd complain about my cable company if you gave me a free iPod.

     

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    George, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 5:01pm

    Re: guilty

    I woudn't, for the simple fact that my cable company has a monopoly in this market.

    If I complain, I can expect to never get service from them again. Then I'll be forever stuck with the telcos and their crappy DSL.

    No thanks, you can keep your iPod.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 5:14pm

    No Subject Given

    shoot I complain about my cable company's crappy quality anyway. Where can I sign up for the iPod?

     

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    discojohnson, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 6:29pm

    No Subject Given

    well it's not that great of a deal

    (from the actual page)
    "Submit your personal cable horror story for a chance to win an iPod Nano. Winners are chosen monthly"

     

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    UberOberClocking, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 8:16pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Ha, for one its a nano, u can get them for like 50$ if you try, and second, i have verizon DSL, till i get my cable, and my god is this the crapiest internet ive had. But then again, what do you expect for 20$ a month.

     

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    DittoBox, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 8:23pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    50 bucks? Where?

     

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    Eric, Dec 30th, 2005 @ 11:43pm

    Re: guilty

    for a free ipod? ill complain about them for one of them. shoot that'd be great. just because you complain about them doesnt mean they wont give you service anymore. and if they do just sue for discrimination (cuz everyone is so frikkin sue-happy now-a-days). another way is just get a friend to subscribe for it for you and pay him every month. simple. done.

     

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    Cheap iPod Nano, Dec 31st, 2005 @ 6:27am

    Cheap iPod Nano

    I got mine here ... thanks Santa :)

    Cheap iPod Nano

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 31st, 2005 @ 10:38am

    Re: guilty

    You dont get an ipod just for complaining. You get a CHANCE to win an ipod nano. It looks like they choose one (maybe several, but not many) person per month from all of the people who submit their cable horror stories and give them the nano. Its not like you can just go over there and give them some bogus story, pocket the ipod, then leave.

    Personally though im quite happy with my cable internet. It does bug me that I have to pay for all these cable tv channels (and none of them are the ones I want) in order to be allowed to get internet, but the internet service itself is great.

     

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    Andrew Strasser, Dec 31st, 2005 @ 5:38pm

    Re: guilty

    Hehe a good chuckle... Wonder if working for them you get stock options?

     

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    Andrew Strasser, Dec 31st, 2005 @ 5:41pm

    Re: guilty

    Ine more thing a good place to check out how well your connection is is http://www.nibble.net/speedtest/speed.htm

     

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    thehunter, Dec 31st, 2005 @ 9:29pm

    Re: guilty

    If all cable conpany's are like my cable Company, everyone needs to complain - and I do, and It's not for an iPod, It's an attempt for better cable service and viewing

     

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    Howard, Jan 1st, 2006 @ 1:57pm

    Guess I jumped the gun...

    I've been complaining about the crappy "service" from Comcast for years. Finally switched to Verizon FIOS, and my broadband problems have pretty much vanished. So where's my IPod?
    --
    Violins for sale

     

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    Andrew Strasser, Jan 1st, 2006 @ 4:40pm

    Re: Guess I jumped the gun...

    You didn't check with your modem provider and make sure it was running in perfect phase. If you'd done that then you'd most likely be happy with your service from them.

     

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    jdragon, Jan 2nd, 2006 @ 9:24pm

    Re: Guess I jumped the gun...

    The cable companies should counteract with their own free ipod program. I would about both of them and hence, get 2 iPods!

     

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    EldestHanson, Jan 3rd, 2006 @ 9:13am

    Re: Guess I jumped the gun...

    > you'd most likely be happy with your service from them [sic]

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Robin Williams reads Techdirt!

     

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    Sonny, Dec 2nd, 2006 @ 12:47pm

    Slow Speeds

    I have been complaining for several months about my slow speeds on cable(Media Com)..Regardless of a free anything..Its december and I still have slow speeds...Im paying almost 60 bucks a month and Im getting 500 kbps instead of the 5000 it advertises.

     

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