Can We Screw You Now?
Aside from the major oil companies, if there was ever a corporation that was in need of some good old fashioned trust-busting, it is Verizon. Their stranglehold on the cellular phone market is evident in their predatory practices and piss-poor customer service. In my opinion, the only reason for using them is the quality of their coverage, particularly in rural areas, which I occasionally find myself in. I will spare you the details of the 6 month war I fought, after using their Sleazy-Move feature and getting involuntarily/illegally slammed into a new 2-year contract. Let it suffice to say that I eventually won, but only after becoming an expert in the terms of their contracts and threatening to sue them. The bottom line is that I despise dealing with them, because you have to become an expert in every aspect of the product you are purchasing to avoid getting screwed.
I also bought an accessory pack which consisted of a belt clip, vehicle charger, and a Jabra Bluetooth headset. I was surprised at the lack of public acceptance that these headsets have received. I can't say that I really understand this, since this technology has been around for awhile and allows a cell phone to be used more unobtrusively than ever. Nevertheless, every time I used the headset to communicate in public, people either gave me dirty looks or made snide comments. I guess some people just don't recognize hipness when they see it: