Carriers can be the most expensive and frustrating parts of the mobile experience. They're responsible not just for routing our phone calls and data, but for many of us they sell us our devices and offer services. Are carriers the worst thing ever, a necessary evil, or not that bad?
Carrier Week Recap
Talk Mobile Carriers Week was one of our most contentious weeks of Talk Mobile yet, as carrier tend to be such a subject. We dove right in, tackling what carriers are doing right, what they're doing wrong, and how we can fix it all. Really it all boiled down to "give me the phones I want, don't make me pay too much for them, and give me my data free of encumbrances." Is that really too much to ask?
As always, your feedback is tremendously important to us and continues to help shape and refine Talk Mobile. Sure, we're in the home stretch for Talk Mobile 2013 at this point, but we still really want to hear what you think. To that point, there's a comments section at the bottom of this page for you to sound off. Tell us what's great, tell us what sucks - we want to hear it all!
From conception, Talk Mobile was about elevating the conversation. This isn't just the words that we bloggers put on the page, no, it's about you in the community too. We hoped and expected that Talk Mobile would be able to pull that off, but this Mobile Nations community stepped up beyond our expectations. Every time we recalibrate our expectations, you all blow them away.
We've picked out the best comments from the past week and have them presented below. If yours has been picked as a winning comment, keep an eye on your email, because we have some awesome prizes to send your way!
As in previous weeks, we've put together a quick survey to gather some quantifiable data about your thoughts and behaviors when it comes to carriers. And because we like you a lot, completing the survey will enter you for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy. Incentive? Bribe? Do you care? You can take the survey right here!
Talk Mobile 2013 Week Seven: Carriers
Day 1: Carriers: the lesser of all evils
Day 2: Why do carriers suck so much?
Day 3: Wherever, whenever: Why you can't just use any phone on any carrier
Day 4: Can we end carrier exclusives and bloatware?
Day 5: Net neutrality, VoLTE, and the future of carriers