Originally Posted by wildkitten
It's not a strawman, it's an analogy. I didn't say it did happen, that's the point. I'm saying if a cable company did do that, no one would stand for it. Obviously it's absurd on the face of it to pay for a cable package that includes, let's say HBO, but if you actually tune your TV to HBO you have to pay even extra.
But this hotspot fee is just as absurd and is the same kind of principle. Verizon sells a phone that can act as a hotspot. They then sell limited data plans. But to use the two things a person has already paid for, Verizon wants to pay extra for absolutely no extra work and no extra resources used on their part.
As for the cable comparison, you can buy a TV that is High Def, then you pay the cable company for service, then some companys you have to pay for high def service(some have changed and it's not an extra charge now but it used to be), then you still have to pay for the premium HBO. So they all add charges on top of the original service fees.