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Old 07-19-2009, 03:31 AM
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I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on the
family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per month, but with
550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did not extend my contract
commitment. They did say I would lose $50 of "points" that could have been
used to buy a new phone.



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Old 07-19-2009, 02:00 PM
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"QN" <hidingfromyou@example.com> wrote in message
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>I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on the
>family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per month, but with
>550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did not extend my contract
>commitment. They did say I would lose $50 of "points" that could have been
>used to buy a new phone.
>


The offered me the same deal and I took it. I guess they're figuring low
usage customers could go pre-pay.



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Old 07-19-2009, 07:30 PM
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"QN" <hidingfromyou@example.com> wrote:

> I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on
> the family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per
> month, but with 550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did
> not extend my contract commitment. They did say I would lose $50
> of "points" that could have been used to buy a new phone.


Not only do you lose the NE2 but you'll also lose the free calling to
other VZW customers. You might want to check that out before changing,
it might be important to you.


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Old 07-20-2009, 03:38 AM
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"generic drugs
are exactly the same as name-brand drugs"

Don't be so sure. Google is your friend. Check out stories of the many
people who are having serious health problems due to sub-standard generics
made in under-monitored foreign plants.

It's becoming well-known that the FDA isn't doing the job--checking only a
tiny percentage of the test batches they're supposed to monitor. These drugs
are made by companies you've never heard of, in countries you've never heard
of. And worse, your local Walgreens' may use a different unknown supplier
every month.

Your (and my) generic ibuprofen is probably OK, but I worry for the folks
who are forced economically to use seriously substandard drugs for cancer
and other life-threatening illnesses. The insurance companies, who are only
concerned about their bottom line, don't care whether the drug works or not.
After all, if a generic kills you, they shift the burden to the Life
Insurance company.....scary, isn't it? Death is actually a "stop loss"
scenario for health insurers!!

I know you were making a point, with which I don't completely disagree. You
just hit a sore spot.

PS: I am a big PagePlus fan, and have been a customer for 3-4 years or so.


"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote in message
news:elmop-460FF8.10415119072009@news.eternal-september.org...
> In article <h3v8ur$5nv$1@news.albasani.net>,
> "William Munny" <wm@jbigwhiskey.org> wrote:
>
>> >I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on the
>> >family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per month, but
>> >with
>> >550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did not extend my contract
>> >commitment. They did say I would lose $50 of "points" that could have
>> >been
>> >used to buy a new phone.
>> >

>>
>> The offered me the same deal and I took it. I guess they're figuring low
>> usage customers could go pre-pay.

>
> They did it because they know they're getting pummeled by pre-paid
> users, and will get slammed even more as PagePlus comes to the market
> with more and more better prices--including a nice all you can eat
> setup--all run over the VZW network.
>
> No doubt they're trying to keep hold of the people who are teetering on
> the edge, those who don't *really* need a traditional postpaid plan but
> yet just feel more comfortable with one as opposed to moving to a
> prepaid plan with its drug-dealer and low-rent skank connotations.
>
> Just like there are people who refuse to acknowledge that generic drugs
> are exactly the same as name-brand drugs and who insist on paying the
> 40% premium or more for name-brands, there are people who would rather
> die than go prepaid. But the economy is forcing even them to take a
> closer look at the alternatives.
>
> Price discrimination in this economy is revealing some interesting
> behaviors on the parts of both seller and buyer.




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Old 07-20-2009, 12:21 PM
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Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article <h3v8ur$5nv$1@news.albasani.net>,
> "William Munny" <wm@jbigwhiskey.org> wrote:
>
>>> I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on the
>>> family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per month, but with
>>> 550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did not extend my contract
>>> commitment. They did say I would lose $50 of "points" that could have been
>>> used to buy a new phone.
>>>

>> The offered me the same deal and I took it. I guess they're figuring low
>> usage customers could go pre-pay.

>
> They did it because they know they're getting pummeled by pre-paid
> users, and will get slammed even more as PagePlus comes to the market
> with more and more better prices--including a nice all you can eat
> setup--all run over the VZW network.
>
> No doubt they're trying to keep hold of the people who are teetering on
> the edge, those who don't *really* need a traditional postpaid plan but
> yet just feel more comfortable with one as opposed to moving to a
> prepaid plan with its drug-dealer and low-rent skank connotations.
>
> Just like there are people who refuse to acknowledge that generic drugs
> are exactly the same as name-brand drugs



Actually that can be correct. So this is a bad example.

and who insist on paying the
> 40% premium or more for name-brands, there are people who would rather
> die than go prepaid. But the economy is forcing even them to take a
> closer look at the alternatives.
>
> Price discrimination in this economy is revealing some interesting
> behaviors on the parts of both seller and buyer.


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Old 07-20-2009, 12:24 PM
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XS11E wrote:
> "QN" <hidingfromyou@example.com> wrote:
>
>> I got a call from Verizon because they noted our very low usage on
>> the family plan. They offered a special deal for $10 less per
>> month, but with 550 minutes instead of the minimum 700. They did
>> not extend my contract commitment. They did say I would lose $50
>> of "points" that could have been used to buy a new phone.

>
> Not only do you lose the NE2 but you'll also lose the free calling to
> other VZW customers. You might want to check that out before changing,
> it might be important to you.
>
>

Exactly, one of the reasons minute usage might be low is because of
"free calling". I know that is definitely true on my plan.

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