One shocking difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world
is in the cost of telecom services. Americans are paying 5 times for
telecom services compared to people in Japan, Korea, or China.
In China, you purchase a cell phone , no subsidizes or trick financing.
There are very small set-up charges. You then pay $10-$15 per month
for unlimited voice, data, and text. You only pay for data that you use
unlike in the U.S. where you pay for data you use and for the “right” to
use the network.
In America, you sign a contract that supposedly subsidizes the phone price
,however, upon your first bill you are charged made-up set-up charges wich
fully recover the costs of the phone for the telecom companies. Meanwhile,
instead of paying $10-$15 per month…you are milked by the telcom companies
and the American captured regulation system to the tune of $70-$80/a month
for phone services which in East Asia costs $10-$15/a month.
More padding for the “Exceptional” American GDP.
It would appear that in the United States a deal has been done between the
Telecom companies and the Government. As long as the telecom companies continue
to violate your civil rights and send all of your conversations to the NSA..
they will be allowed to treat you like a milk cow.
Welcome to the land of the unfree.