Accepting their terms is part of (losing) the battle.
Once you're "fluent" in the terms and conditions of "plans" or the simple submission of accepting the idea that there should even _be_ a plan, you've entered into the processes of a marketing campaign designed to coax and cajole the consumer into handing over those credit card details.
While I think the question is moot, I think the context of the question should start not at the submissive level, the "presumptive close," but at the level of shifting the attention to the existence of telecommunication companies and their predatory business practices designed, very much like tobacco companies of just a few decades ago, to lure children into being consumers of their products and to provide a habit-forming, cost- and debt-laden approach to what should be a simple, government-provided utility charged to the consumer in a means that's affordable to the individual and relieves the community of the cost and the practical impact of building and maintaining the infrastructure of hard-wired telephones.
The same questions should be addressed to postal competitors. Why do we have the expense and inconvenience of Fedex or UPS when the government still has the postal service? Why can't the government take back control of these services? What is the impact on the environment and the economy to have numerous, huge and incompetent companies competing for profits to shift packages around the world? Why can't this be the business of a government, as it was in the past? I'm tired of being told I have to drive a fuel-efficient car when I see the UPS truck and the Fedex truck drive up the hill past my house twice a day with probably no more than an envelope or a box of stuff from eBay in the back. And the post is delivered by another truck. Then there's DHL and all the other trucks. But the burden is on me to buy a new car that gets 25 mpg because my "old" car is chugging down 15 mpg.
Back to the topic. If there are people in other countries getting better service and new technology at sensible prices, why is the USA lagging so far behind? Could it be the weakness of government and the strength of the lobbyists? There's a real question to pursue. We don't need to compare frying pans.
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