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Our goobermint has become fond of promoting quasi-competitive markets in various industry segments--particularly in health care. With names like competitive bidding, but in reality they are fostering forced consolidation and attaching a pleasing label, while enhancing their own centralized control.

Here is an example of true capitalist taking on dominant market players with what looks to me like a winning vision for his company. If he succeeds he'll drop pricing across the board and capture a goodly share of the market. No doubt he will face regulatory obstacles and entrenched sacred govt cows but this is how it works in a free world.

1 posted on 11/10/2009 10:55:18 AM PST by Dysart
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Newer, smaller, faster, cheaper, more efficient,............none of these words apply to government................


2 posted on 11/10/2009 11:01:06 AM PST by Red Badger (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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This is the best news I’ve heard all day.


3 posted on 11/10/2009 11:09:09 AM PST by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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I’m all for getting off AT&T but I’m not giving up my BlackJack 2 that the no-contract offerings don’t support.


4 posted on 11/10/2009 11:13:10 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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I hope he succeeds. I love to see the free market at work. The big companies have worked together to put the screws to us for a long time, keeping their prices artificially high. Now, hopefully, the little guy will come along and wreck the whole thing. You, the consumer, will benefit.

Cellular is ridiculously priced, and they make you think you’re getting a bargain by keeping minutes you’d never used to begin with. How many people have hours of rollover minutes that they’ll never use? Do you know of a single provider that will give you CREDIT for those minutes? Nope. You paid for them, but you didn’t use them. You can’t get your money back.

What a ripoff. Worst part is, it is a market largely driven by CHILDREN. Unfortunately, otherwise sane adults who exercise fiscal responsibility become unable to say no when little Johnny wants a cell phone with all the bells and whistles. Heck, most kids have MUCH nicer phones than mine.

When data and voice is treated the same (as it should be) AND, is priced like a commodity, then I’ll get one of those snazzy, do-it-all phones. Until then, I’ll stick with my cheapo TracFone. It makes calls as well as any of the others.

If everyone else had the same self-restraint, the prices would have come down a long time ago.


6 posted on 11/10/2009 11:22:32 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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MetroPCS isn’t for people who travel a lot, but for those who don’t intend to leave their admittedly limited calling areas its awesome.

Yes they do have mobile internet and stuff.


7 posted on 11/10/2009 11:24:36 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Dysart

Cool article!


8 posted on 11/10/2009 11:24:49 AM PST by GulfBreeze (Palin 2012 - For The Change You Wanted!!!)
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I think that his business model does not fit the current market.

The booming growth is not grandpa just wanting to make a cheap phone call. The growth is in high data bandwidth services. Smart phones are quickly eclipsing the standard cell phone.

The infrastructure is not in place and it will be years before the bandwidth squeeze is met with adequate capacity. Until then, he will not be able to compete in the smart phone business.

If he takes the shrinking market of voice only service, he may actually not really affect the bottom line of his competitors at all.


12 posted on 11/10/2009 12:10:01 PM PST by dangerdoc
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Fairly new Metro PCS customer here and so far so good. My old carrier Alltell was gobbled by Verizon and the pricing was just out of sight compared to Metro. The kids I put on Net 10 prepaid. They get 150 minutes a month for $7.50 a month and that includes the phone. It is no longer worth the two year contract just to get a phone the prices of phones are actually reasonable now.


13 posted on 11/10/2009 12:12:18 PM PST by scottteng (IMPEACH OBAMA I am Jim Thompson)
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