On walkabout in life and technology

No Service Competition in New York

Just a quick check on my choices for 21st century data services available at my apartment in New York city:

Internet, Landline, Television

  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FIOS

Oops, only TWC from today based on the agreement reached where Verizon quit the land-based business (See Susan Crawford’s article: Smug and chagrined). So no choice.

Mobile Phone

  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • T-Mobile (still a dead spot after 8 years)
  • Sprint (same as T-Mobile)

Neither work well, so I have to stick with AT&T because at least they have a MicroCell. Until the iPhone 4S came out on Verizon, their phones were no good for overseas anyway. Average 1 not-dropped call a day.

Sounds like I have a choice between one expensive carrier or another that both offer terrible service. So no choice.

I guess this is how the free market ‘works’?