December 04, 2003

Phone portability: Blame the FCC not the carriers

Now that number portability in the cellular space has begun, customers are now complaining that they cant' take their phones with them to new carriers. That's right, consumer groups are now pissed that people have to buy new phones when they switch carriers.

This is NOT some scam by the telecom providers. This was a deliberate decision by the FCC to not standardize on one transmission standard like GSM in the rest of the world. Instead, the FCC decided to let market forces fight it out and let the marketplace decide.

Well guess what? Most people don't care about their phone technology. They all suck pretty much the same. One might have better coverage at the expense of sound quality or battery life.

It's a damn shame that the FCC gave in to Qualcomm's lobbying and now we have 3 (or is it 4) different incompatible services in the US.

Oh, and they all suck compared to how good they could be if there was a universal standard.

Posted by rusty at December 4, 2003 11:03 AM | TrackBack
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