(via The Consumerist)
We all believe the break-up of Ma Bell was bad, don’t we?Ã‚Â I mean, this is a company that would never, ever, ever even consider abusing monopoly powers, right?Ã‚Â Or maybe they would.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bad enough that they overcharge domestic customers but we have alternatives.Ã‚Â The soldiers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t because, according to The Prepaid Press, AT&T has an EXCLUSIVE contract to put payphones in PBXes in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, you ask, canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the soldiers get cheap calling cards to call the US? No! Because AT&T is using (abusing!) its position as monopoly supplier of payphones to block the 800 numbers necessary to use nonAT&T calling cards.
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The soldiers could probably call cheaper if they used Iraqi pay phones.Ã‚Â But, assuming there are any working payphones on the streets of Iraq, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still not a good idea for American soldiers to be standing on the corners talking on them.Ã‚Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why there are phones in PBXes.Ã‚Â Too bad the soldiers have to pay $.21/minute to call home on them.
The wholesale rate for calls to the US is less than one cent a minute.
I don’t think much of a company taking advantage of soldiers.Ã‚Â They have it tough enough over there already.Ã‚Â Let’s not rape them on calls back home, OK?
[tags]AT&T, monopoly powers[/tags]