vote with your dollars

In other utility news …

For years I have protested certain utility companies that require a one- or two-year contract. Notorious offenders are cell phone providers and anyone who has ever asked you to “bundle.”

Who do they think they are? No other services require such rigid commitments. Most sellers earn monthly business by offering the best product at the most affordable rate. Cell phone company assholes have the audacity to prevent you from seeking out competition, charging you hundreds of dollars to break up with them if you find a better deal. This is anti-capitalist to me.

Eff that.

That is why I am pleased to announce that I just purchased a StraightTalk TracPhone from Wal-Mart. I recommend you do the same.

For $30 per month, I will have 1,000 minutes, 1,000 text or picture messages and 30 mb of websurfing at my disposal. Did I mention that the plan costs $30 per month? My old Sprint plan was more than twice that for half the minutes and no web service.

AND! AND! There is no contract. I can enroll, unroll and re-enroll at will. If we can’t afford a phone one month, there is no penalty for leaving. I can pick up where I left off the next month. AND I can take my old number with me, AND the phones run on Verizon towers.

Verizon towers are very reliable.

What’s the catch? The catch is that I have to buy their $70 phone, and I can’t have an iPhone or an iBlackberry or whatever the kids are playing with these days. The phones offered by StraightTalk TracPhone are nice enough to me. But I probably have low standards.

Did I mention that there is no contract and that the plans are $30 per month?

Unlimited text, minutes and web are $45 per month. I can upgrade or downgrade between these two plans at any point.

I am in love with my StraightTalk TracPhone and I encourage everyone to vote against Verizon and Sprint and their web of deceit by purchasing a StraightTalk TracPhone.

StraightTalk TracPhone.

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