Why don't the FCC mandate two parts/bills for phone contract?

Should the FCC mandate two parts/bills for phone contract?

  • Yes

    Votes: 2 66.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 33.3%

  • Total voters
    3

EbookReader

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Apr 3, 2012
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Part 1 of the bill is for the phone hardware
Part 2 of the bill is for the wireless service



Crude Example:

Part 1: $30 a month for phone on a 2 yr contract ($720 total)
Part 2: $70 a month for wireless service on a 2 yr contract

Total bill: $100 a month



Crude Example #2

Part 1: $15 a month for phone on a 2 yr contract ($360 total)
Part 2: $70 a month for wireless service on a 2 yr contract

Total bill: $85 a month




Crude example #3

Part 1: $0 a month (because you bring your own phone or still using your 2 years old phone)
Part 2: $70 a month for wireless service on a 2 yr contract

Total bill: $70 a month
 

kdarling

macrumors P6
I said yes, because my first reaction is that if I bring my own phone, I shouldn't have to pay the same as those who are getting a $15-20 a month subsidy.

OTOH, I'm sure the carriers factor in the extra payments from people who don't upgrade, so the price of the voice/data service might go up if the two items were split.

So ... (throws arms up in air) .... who knows.