July 3, 2006

NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:

Internet Calling Pressures Bells to Lower Rates (MATT RICHTEL and KEN BELSON, 7/03/06, NY Times)

Competition in the phone business, intensifying this year as Internet-based calling has taken root, has reached the point where many industry experts are anticipating an era of remarkably cheap and even free calls.

We rapidly approach the point where companies will give you the computer for free if you sign up to use their services.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 3, 2006 10:27 AM
Comments

We've hit that point, and been there for a while. The problem is that both the computer and the service are garbage, so it may not be as helpful to the service companies as they thought.

Posted by: Jay at July 3, 2006 10:42 AM

The give away the computer thing was tried in the late 1990's. It was the big thing to "give" you a computer if you signed up for a company's internet service. MSN, and others tried it. You'd have to signed up for something like 2 years of their internet service for the "Free" computer. The service would cost you $25 or more a month. And the computers were crappy.

Posted by: mc at July 3, 2006 11:34 AM

The next ones won't be.

Posted by: oj at July 3, 2006 11:58 AM

Well, if they will stop doing this, then they may be on to something. Otherwise, I'm not interested.

Posted by: Jay at July 3, 2006 1:30 PM

Yes, they will be. Crappy is always relative.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 3, 2006 7:56 PM

No, it never is.

Posted by: oj at July 3, 2006 8:11 PM
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