SBN wrote:I don't know about the straightforward part. - For one, they've started doing deals of 1 year of discount but 2 year contract, so you're stuck for that second year. I have to make my attempt in the next couple weeks, my current promo is about to end. I don't have any other company to switch to and get decent speed though, so my "fine I'll go somewhere else" threat is pretty hollow.
I had something else in mind to say, but it's gone now. Someone said something I liked, that's all I got. Keep being awesome.
Ah, yes, contracts... I guess many states have made them illegal, or at least require set prices for each month written in the contract, so you know up front how much you'll have to pay. I know in my home state they used to be allowed to lock you into contracts without any price controls after a certain point, meaning after 12 months they would start charging the "standard value" which can be anything they want it to be, but I haven't heard about those in a while, and I highly doubt that it was purely a business decision.
And that's the other thing, these companies all claim that they are not monopolies, when in effect they are de facto monopolies for a majority of their customers because of gentlemen's agreements and regulations maintaining strictly-drawn territorial boundaries between the various providers. It's not consumer-friendly at all, and I'm not sure it's going to become better in time without significant changes.