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

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

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. No

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. EbookReader macrumors 65816

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    #1
    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
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  3. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    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.
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Because it's not a loan with a repayment period.

    It's a "discount" for agreeing to a minimum-length contract.
     
  5. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

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    if the FCC do this, would the consumers benefit?
     

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