As a recent arrival in the USA I am constantly astounded at the way you guys are ripped off when buying some everyday items.
Two things in particular have come to my attention, because I have wanted to buy both lately, and I am struggling to understand how this all works!
Ok, in the UK we get the same technology, and the 'packages' - ie. running costs, appear much the same, on the surface.
However, my UK cell is unlocked, so I can use it with any provider, I can get a sim for a buck and a half, and I have a 'pay as you go' contract
with that provider.
Pay as you go means I add 20 pounds credit to my account, and I get to make 20 pounds worth of calls or texts.
I DO NOT pay to receive calls or texts.
I DO NOT have a service period associated with that credit- the credit's good until it is used.
Here, in the US, I have been trying to find the same deal, and its not available.
I can't express how much of a shock it is to me that you pay to receive calls! Doesn't that mean the phone companies get paid twice?
As for a service period, well, thats standard in the UK with contract Phones, but PAYG? NO WAY!
Best I have managed here is a tracphone, on offer at $15, with double minutes for life. Im not happy, but I guess I need a phone, so I have bought in
So, next up is the TV
We have an HDTV in our apartment, but we don't have cable. We don't watch enough TV to make it worthwhile (I know some will find that hard to
What we would like to do is record the occasional program, so I thought ok, Ill buy a dvr.
Can I find one? Huh! Unless I go for direct TV, and pay for cable, seems like my only option is a TIVO - so thats like, $300 PLUS another $15 a month
In the UK I can walk into pretty much any supermarket, i.e. safeways, walmart (ASDA), whatever, and buy a dvr recorder, with built in 'free to air'
digital receiver, for around $100, with no service charge and about 30 digital channels available.
ThIs includes the BBC channels, which are great, and channel four, all the main channels, but not Sky (Fox), which is a bonus!
Whats more, this is not one or two brands of reciever, we are talking about a choice of dozens of makes, models etc.
Please dont take my word for this, check it out for yourself. I found this, used, on Amazon UK, in about 30 seconds.....
What I can't understand is why there is such a constriction of choice here? I guess the cable cabal are determined to get you all subscribing, so
competition and choice have to be eliminated.
HOWEVER I did check to see if this topic has been raised before, couldn't see that it had, but did find plenty concerning the use of the TV, and
cable boxes, as a spy in your living room.
Hmmm, shades of the X files.
If there's any truth to that, it could well be why TPTB want you cabled up - the box is interactive, it sends signals back to the network.
A freeview receiver isn't capable of transmitting information back, so it would be useless if spying was the intent.
Maybe you should have a good think about just how badly you want that cable tv sat there in front of your most intimate moments?
I, for one, have decided to fore-go the option for now. If I can't be there to watch it, and can't see it on Fancast, then too bad, I'll miss it,
A)I'm too meant to pay through lack of choice, and,
B)Too suspicious to want to!
Thanks for reading.........