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Candorville by Darrin Bell for September 25, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  2 months ago

    Breaking up Standard Oil just made Rockefeller richer. He went from owning stocks in one company to owning stocks in 34 companies.

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    boydpercy Premium Member 2 months ago

    I’ve never seen tiktok and don’t feel deprived! He ought to get a cheap pre-paid phone for talk and text use his desktop for essential tasks.

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    Bullet Bronson Premium Member 2 months ago

    Watching people dance on TikTok is an essential task.

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    Quentin Vole  2 months ago

    In Europe, each country usually has two or three dominant mobile service providers. It’s the nature of the market – building infrastructure is expensive.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member 2 months ago

    A big part of the bill is taxes and garbages fees.

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    Free or Not? Premium Member 2 months ago

    AGreed. Let’s break up Facebook, Alphabet and all the big tech companies cancelling and censoring speech as well.

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    verticallychallenged Premium Member 2 months ago

    More cell providers than ISP providers in my area, thanks to Comcast’s monopoly.

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    nos.nevets  2 months ago

    Breaking up ATT led to the internet. Suddenly we saw new technology in computer rooms, new data buses, new connectivity throughout buildings, between buildings, between cities. . . .

    Innovation (& employment) happens in small companies, but government favors big. The regulated soon become the regulators, with revolving doors between industry & federal agencies. Some call it “Crony Capitalism”. “Cronyism” is a better term, because it is antithetical to the freedom & competition of capitalism.

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    nos.nevets  2 months ago

    I have gotten better cell reception in the middle of the Serengeti and in the foothills of the Himalayas than in downtown Wichita, the aerospace capital of the world.It it the one thing that the 3rd world is better at.

    In Tanzania, corruption is rampant, yet phone companies have maintained enough integrity to become a banking system! Phone use is prepaid. People have a phone account with money on it. It was natural for phone companies to allow transfer of funds from 1 person’s account to another. Now you can go to a roadside duka, & buy a bunch of bananas by sending some money to the banana merchant’s phone.

    Western-style credit cards are rarely owned & merchant’s can’t take them. Banks steal people’s money. Many people earn $1-2USD/day. The largest denomination 10,000 TZshilling = $4USD. Vodacom, Airtel, etal are filling the void, dealing in pennies, where most people live.

    Cellular technology has also increased literacy: text messages are cheaper than voice, finally giving people a felt need to learn to read.

    Internet is becoming available. People will get a smart phone & pay for internet before they want sewers, electricity, & indoor plumbing.

    The 3rd world skipped wired technology & jumped straight to cellular. The excellent US wired infrastructure reduced market pressure for cellular in USA.

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    trixnnort  2 months ago

    like at&t

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    FassEddie Premium Member 2 months ago

    I remember paying $45 or more each month for a land line that let me call Baltimore numbers without long distance charges from thirty miles out. I pay less now for a service that lets me call anywhere in the continent and provides unlimited high speed data to my pocket computer. That seems reasonable to me.

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    RonnieAThompson Premium Member 2 months ago

    Have a blessed weekend my friends.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member 2 months ago

    Lemont ya need to shop around, you can get unlimited text, calls, and data for two lines at $82/month from Consumers Cellular and even cheaper for just one line. Always amazes me that people will stay with the big companies and then whine about how expensive it is.

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    David Huie Green-GeorgeCooper=RoleModel  2 months ago

    The other man’s grass is always greener, or appears o be.

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    ChrisTrey  2 months ago

    I thought in Europe and other places besides the USA when you get a mobile phone, you have to buy it up front then pay for the phone network you use? Not like how I can buy a high end Samsung phone on my mobile plan and pay for it over time as part of the monthly bill. Cuts down on the initial cost as the phone itself costs over a grand – over two for the replacement one I want. I’d rather pay it off over a couple of years then upgrade than buy it first outright.

    Or has that changed since the last time I was in Europe??

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    schaefer jim  2 months ago

    Get rid of them all, they are ruining our beloved country.

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