‘How Would You Regulate Carrier Power?’ (Weekly Contest!)

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I believe it was Mark Twain BBCool Simon who once said, “If you own the tracks and the trains, you own the passengers.” In Canada, if there was ever a modern day version of the great train barons, it would be the telecoms: 3 year contracts, expensive data plans compared to our U.S. counterparts, lizards selling phones… it’s terrible.

Yesterday Simon had a great interview with Canadian MP David McGuinty, who has introduced a bill to eliminate extraneous wireless costs like data overages and system access fees and unlock all phones. However, we want to do one better and bestow the BlackBerry Nation with the (hypothetical) power to regulate carriers any way you see fit. What will you do?

The person who posts the best comment will win a FREE YEAR-LONG 30G SUBSCRIPTION TO SUGARSYNC and a sweet BLACKBERRY COOL TEE SHIRT.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER IS Murphy the Dog, who wrote maybe the funniest post to ever appear on BlackBerry Cool:

I’m on the fence but leaning towards the Thunder. I think I prefer the bigger screen over real keyboard. I have a problem with small keyboards anyway you look at it. Spell Check is my friend. Will be adding what ever Micro SD card it will allow. I haven’t been this excited since the time I forgot how to sit down. I hope its not as disappointing as that Aaron Neville Bullhorn that I bought at that garage sale.

Comments [6 Responses]

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June 27th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

[...] Weekly Contest: How Would You Regulate Carrier Power?: BlackBerry Cool is giving you the power to fight carriers — how will you use it? Post a comment and win a free SugarSync subscription and a BBCool tee shirt. [...]

June 28th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

While I agree that long contracts are atrocious and charging cancellation fees, system access fees, long distance fees ans fees for services such as voicemail and caller ID are pure avarice, the best way for Canadian subscribers (hereto forth known as ‘the victims’) to get fair and equitable treatment form the carriers is for the CRTC to let in some of international carriers. Opening up legislation to allow more competition and bringing in companies that operate in several countries on the globe (not just our narrow minded cartel of carries with seemingly no knowledge of business practises of their counterparts outside our borders). The introduction of the O2’s, the Vodas, the Oranges, the DT’s would bring a more international business model to Canada and therefore offer better subsidies on phones and plans where all the ‘extras’ are included. I will never ever believe that it actually costs extra for a user to have caller ID. Caller ID is part of the digital evolution from the old analogue networks. I’m willing to bet that if there are any costs associated with caller ID, it would actually costs the carries to NOT include it.
We as Canadians have to let the carriers (and our government) know how we feel. We are the consumers, we are the ones spending the money on the services (that we got by just fine without less than a decade ago, btw) and we are the ones electing the officials who are supposed to have OUR best interests in mind.

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