AT&T Takes A Lesson From Banks: Will Now Charge You For Not Using Enough Long Distance

from the a-sign-of-things-to-come dept

Sometimes you wonder if there's some sort of competition between airlines, banks and telcos as to who can come up with the more ridiculous "fees" to add. AT&T, which last we checked, was still trying to get a merger approved that it claims will benefit customers, has now decided to add a $2/month fee for people who don't have a long-distance plan. In other words, pay more, for less! This comes on top of a whole series of other ways to limit consumer choice while increasing what they have to pay. As Broadband Reports notes:
AT&T imposed new usage caps on broadband users without making sure the meters work. They followed that up by cracking down on unofficial tetherers (imposing a fee for doing nothing while crippling smartphones) and then substantially jacking up the price of SMS service by killing off one of their most popular SMS plans.
But have no fear, once AT&T gets T-Mobile and there's even less competition in the mobile space, we're sure that such practices will only... er... increase.

Filed Under: fees, long distance, telcos
Companies: at&t, t-mobile

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    Chargone (profile), 26 Aug 2011 @ 7:06pm

    Re: "some sort of competition between airlines, banks and telcos"

    regulating the heck out of corporations is the next best thing to actual competition for keeping the market stable and functioning (and unchecked competition without appropriate regulation can lead bad places too). right up until you run into the whole regulatory capture issue, of course. an annoying one that.

    the whole 'regulate anything big enough to be a danger to the public' thing seems to have worked in NZ for the most part, at least. pretty much anything significant either has Lots of competition or Lots of regulation. unfortunately, all it takes is for the wrong idiot (as opposed to the right idiot. hehe.) to end up in power and we end up with the closest thing to copies of the US's stupid corporation-driven laws they think they can get away with... (not many at a time, and not as bad as those in the USA, but still there. )

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