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Phoney behavior

Cell phones have become an integral part of our lives today. We need to hang on to it irrespective of whether we are expecting calls or we are scheduled to make one. It is so much necessary for us to have it in ready to use mode, for it started off as a tool that would be very handy during emergency and that aspect refuses to leave our psyche.

In such a scenario, when it has become an indispensable part of our lives, it would be interesting to know whether the payment behaviour of cell phone users in the country has changed. It is quite common for many users to vanish without paying their last cell phone bill, especially when they are about to change cities/countries, for it is difficult to trace them then. The only other scenario when I can imagine that somebody would wilfully default on the bill payment, is when they are switching to a different network due to bad service or better service plan on the alternative. With service providers being highly competitive today, and even in cases where they do not have innovative plans that benefit a particularly unique user, they can still force payment through collection efforts if people default on their payments while switching networks.

Sloppy users are no longer tolerated. Delay in payment is adequately rewarded with disconnection of services. So tell me, if the regulators were not in place today, would we be seeing high handed behavior from these service providers.

 For there is no such thing as a free market.

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