Who ever said I'm a boy? You don't know that.
And anyway, maybe you should keep your rude thoughts to yourself, FREAK, and let the rest of us talk about this post's real subject.
The planet doesn't seem to be revolving around you either. Nor did I say that it revolves around me. Have you not seen people try to express their opinions on the internet? Are you going to bag on me until I stop? Telling me to stop with my "childish" act isn't going to stop the others from doing so.
I wonder who raised such a person as you....
...how about we just end this little discussion, hm? >
So you're a girl, then? That's better, at least...rather a girl than a boy that's whining like a girl.
I do understand how the smartphone data requirement can have an effect on someone financially wise especially in a situation where in two scenarios that 1. The person can't afford data and 2. The person receiving a smartphone is a child and the parent doesn't want to have to shell out the extra money for data because it costs too much in their eyes. So I understand and agree that all major carriers need to either stop requiring data or they need more phones other than smartphones that require data. Not everyone uses data and not everyone knows how to use a smartphone. Some of the much older people will not adapt to a smartphone and some just don't like smartphones to begin with. But we do need a category of phones catered to the feature phone section. I believe in variety. I don't believe that releasing a bunch of 1 type of phone would even give any carrier the full potential of sales. Basically i'm saying everyone has different tastes and that catering 1 type of phone does not maximize on the # of subscribers you can add. My suggestion to the company is release more phones per year in Candy Bar, Flip & Feature.
One of the reasons for data requirements is exactly the reason you say they SHOULD NOT have data requirements: kids. People end up with ginormous data bills when they don't have a data package and their kids get hold of their phones and use data.
Granted, a data block would solve that problem, but carriers don't want you knowing about that. :p
The thing is, while carriers would probably get more sales with more phones, they have people that they hire to specifically do calculations for them on situations like this. The carriers decide that the number of extra sales would be too low to be worth the cost of the extra phones in their lineup. It's basic business, and you can't blame them for that. Smartphones are on the rise, and it's pretty easy to convince somebody to go with a smartphone if they're on the fence. It's cheaper and more efficient to train the reps to do that rather than work with manufacturers to create more phones that carry low profit margin and sales figures.
Honestly, you guys with GSM carriers have it good, since you can grab a multitude of phones from various sources. Those of us who are on Sprint or Verizon don't have anywhere near the freedom you do.