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(NBC News)   Radio Shack's new wireless service does away with the traditional two year contract. Company finally realizes they won't be around that long to enforce it   (nbcnews.com) divider line 27
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2012-09-06 06:39:04 AM  
That seems like a good deal...but I am suspicious...
 
2012-09-06 09:07:44 AM  
Yeah! Another thing to be bombarded with by salespeople whenever I go in to buy...wait, I never shop there, so never mind.
 
2012-09-06 09:49:30 AM  

SurfaceTension: Yeah! Another thing to be bombarded with by salespeople whenever I go in to buy...wait, I never shop there, so never mind.


Bombarded by salespeople? There's like one dude that works at Radio Shack
 
2012-09-06 10:05:25 AM  
They have a half billion in cash around - they can last longer than two years. Three maybe.
 
2012-09-06 10:16:34 AM  
 
2012-09-06 10:20:22 AM  
Do I get a membership in the free battery club?
 
2012-09-06 10:25:11 AM  
The phones suck and the network is marginal, just like if you had gone with Cricket to begin with. If you don't want a contract and you want cheap service, just buy a used AT&T phone and buy a Straight Talk SIM. That way you get AT&T's network, no commitment, and cheap service.
 
2012-09-06 10:42:05 AM  
I would equate Radio Shack people with Geek Squad folks.
 
2012-09-06 10:44:05 AM  
R/S already sells Virgin Mobile prepaid and phones in their stores, and both the VM plans and phones are cheaper/better, so why would anyone use the R/S service? Oh wait, Radio Shack Customers.
 
2012-09-06 10:46:20 AM  
They'll be around long after that. I don't know how they've stayed in business all these years, but they have.

After the Apocalypse, there will be cockroaches, Cher and Radio Shack.
 
2012-09-06 11:16:35 AM  

RickyWilliams'sBong: They'll be around long after that. I don't know how they've stayed in business all these years, but they have.

After the Apocalypse, there will be cockroaches, Cher and Radio Shack.


According to a friend that works in corporate in FW...the end is nigh(or at least a buyout).
 
2012-09-06 11:53:07 AM  
"The no-contract cellphone market is growing,"

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2012-09-06 12:17:14 PM  

adenosine: The phones suck and the network is marginal, just like if you had gone with Cricket to begin with. If you don't want a contract and you want cheap service, just buy a used AT&T phone and buy a Straight Talk SIM. That way you get AT&T's network, no commitment, and cheap service.


Ayup. Works with any AT&T or unlocked GSM phone. I've been on ST since June and it's been good to me.
 
2012-09-06 01:14:44 PM  
I have been looking at reviews online on straight talk and people say that it's a customer service nightmare and that the phones suck and the coverage sucks, etc. etc.

I know that often times it's people that aren't happy with a product that take to the internets to do reviews. I know there are a thousand products that I am happy with that I've never gone online and reviewed.

Anyways, I have my own device that I am happy with, anyone have any real feedback on ST if they have had to use customer service?
 
2012-09-06 01:45:16 PM  

Menace II Sobriety: I have been looking at reviews online on straight talk and people say that it's a customer service nightmare and that the phones suck and the coverage sucks, etc. etc.

I know that often times it's people that aren't happy with a product that take to the internets to do reviews. I know there are a thousand products that I am happy with that I've never gone online and reviewed.

Anyways, I have my own device that I am happy with, anyone have any real feedback on ST if they have had to use customer service?


One thing to watch out for on ST is using more than (about) 100MB/day, it can trigger your data service being disconnected, and it is a service nightmare to get it reestablished, even if you buy a new month of service.
 
2012-09-06 01:45:55 PM  

gingerjet: They have a half billion in cash around - they can last longer than two years. Three maybe.


How much is their debt load. If you don't know, I'll figure it out.

The Accountant in Me.
 
2012-09-06 02:11:51 PM  
Am I the only one that remembers when it was colloquially called Rat Shack?
 
2012-09-06 02:28:45 PM  
So they are offering plans that are no different from Cricket, and the same, if not worse than , other prepaid offerings currently out there (Virgin, Straight Talk..)...what a brilliant business plan.

\Switched from Sprint to T-Mobile prepaid plan in June
\$30, Unlimited data/txt (5gb at 4G speed, although I hardly even use a gigabyte a month)..100 voice minutes (can be worked around with Google Voice/Talkatone app).
\Actually pay less than $30 by buying refill cards online at a slight discount.
 
2012-09-06 08:09:27 PM  

KingVJ: gingerjet: They have a half billion in cash around - they can last longer than two years. Three maybe.

How much is their debt load. If you don't know, I'll figure it out.

The Accountant in Me.


What's the lucky guy's name?
 
2012-09-06 08:15:06 PM  
Dropped Verizon for Virgin Mobile at the start of summer and have no complaints. 3 months of savings has paid for half of the cost of new hardware, breakeven by Thanksgiving.
 
2012-09-06 08:16:35 PM  
Given the amount of personal information they want just to buy a pack of batteries, I'm afraid to ask how much more info I'd need to give up for a phone line.
 
2012-09-07 12:41:36 AM  

Jamdug!: KingVJ: gingerjet: They have a half billion in cash around - they can last longer than two years. Three maybe.

How much is their debt load. If you don't know, I'll figure it out.

The Accountant in Me.

What's the lucky guy's name?


Ha Ha Ha.
 
2012-09-07 12:56:20 AM  
Hell, anymore, prepaid is a better deal for most people anyways. We don't make a ton of calls, and we pay a fat $12 per month for cell service.
 
2012-09-07 01:08:16 AM  
I needed some thermal compound for a CPU and heatsink that I moved over from a dead laptop to a working laptop. For several reasons, I had to send my parents to the local Radio Shack to pick it up. I gave them the list of items I needed, which they handed to the RadioShack employee. He had no idea what thermal compound was for. He said they had some rubbing compound and some different glues used for electronics. The note I provided said that I needed a package of Arctic Silver 5, and he said the only thing he had that had silver in it was RadioShack-branded thermal compound (which he found after walking around the store for 10 minutes "helping" my parents). The RadioShack-branded stuff is produced by Arctic Silver and appears to be the same stuff as the normal AS-branded compound, but he didn't know that.

How can someone working at RadioShack not know what thermal compound is? My parents said it went between the "computer chip" (they meant CPU) and the heatsink, and the employee still had no clue. Ugh. I remember shopping at RS in the mid-90s looking for some resistors when I was attempting to make my first 12V-5V DC regulator, and the employees who helped me were very knowledgeable. I know there's no market anymore for employees who actually know about capacitors, resistors, etc., but it's still surprising to see...
 
2012-09-07 03:58:55 PM  

WxGuy1: I needed some thermal compound for a CPU and heatsink that I moved over from a dead laptop to a working laptop. For several reasons, I had to send my parents to the local Radio Shack to pick it up. I gave them the list of items I needed, which they handed to the RadioShack employee. He had no idea what thermal compound was for. He said they had some rubbing compound and some different glues used for electronics. The note I provided said that I needed a package of Arctic Silver 5, and he said the only thing he had that had silver in it was RadioShack-branded thermal compound (which he found after walking around the store for 10 minutes "helping" my parents). The RadioShack-branded stuff is produced by Arctic Silver and appears to be the same stuff as the normal AS-branded compound, but he didn't know that.

How can someone working at RadioShack not know what thermal compound is? My parents said it went between the "computer chip" (they meant CPU) and the heatsink, and the employee still had no clue. Ugh. I remember shopping at RS in the mid-90s looking for some resistors when I was attempting to make my first 12V-5V DC regulator, and the employees who helped me were very knowledgeable. I know there's no market anymore for employees who actually know about capacitors, resistors, etc., but it's still surprising to see...


Meh, they're low paid employees. Can't really expect the world out of them.
 
2012-09-07 08:14:04 PM  

WxGuy1: I remember shopping at RS in the mid-90s looking for some resistors when I was attempting to make my first 12V-5V DC regulator, and the employees who helped me were very knowledgeable. I know there's no market anymore for employees who actually know about capacitors, resistors, etc., but it's still surprising to see...


Radio Shack used to be a very cool store to browse in if you were thinking of geeking out on some weird project. It's a shame they're not watching electronics DIY videos on YouTube and thinking "Hey... We could inspire, attract and serve that market share!"
 
2012-09-08 01:04:55 AM  
Yeah, radio shack is a cell phone store now, nothing more.
 
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