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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by gsanders1, Dec 30, 2009.
Actually, in many markets cell phone rates have been going down, and have been for some time. So, keeping you at the same rate might actually be a benefit for them, rather than a benefit for you.
You can also include the value of service for the price has increased. At least in my area, Mrs. Smiddy and I had just phone service for $65.oo for the two phones. In November we purchased a Palm Pre for each of us, now we get full internet access and unlimited texting and a better interface $76.oo, so we pay $11.oo more, but we have better service and use it more now, very much well worth it (in case anyone is wondering, I get discounts from my company, so these are not retail plans; though the value is very similar in scope).
Many people will argue that it's not a competitive market at all. It's imperfect competition at best. You're thinking of the high barrier to market entry. But that's not the point.
I bet they get the vast majority of that money back. Yes, they operate in the red for a couple of years, but they aren't bleeding money. And neither is D*. In fact, they are very profitable, most likely due to all the extra fees they charge.
For me, anything but an HR-2x is free, and the HR-2x is $99.
Not sure what you consider a comepetitive market but I can tell you that tv choice is. If it wasn't they wouldn't spend so much all the time and give specials/promotions to keep customers. They wouldn't need to.
I said they would eventually get that money back already. I also never stated that DirecTV wasn't profitable now. They operated in the red for many years which is true. The fees haven't really changed it's the number of people paying them that has.
The point is they force arbitration (as do many companies) since in court of law, the first item that would be requested is the signed contract as executed; which they obviously don't have. Therefore the "Contract" is garbage, ask a number of lenders attempting to forclose which can't provide copies of loan documents. It's very difficult to file a monetary claim in court against another party if you can't produce a physical copy of an executed agreement.