Securus Technologies recently had an experience that few companies have to bother with. GTL, a competitor, made a public claim that their services were better than Securus and the prices were lower. Securus is a leading provider of communications technology to correctional institutions, law enforcement agencies, and safety organizations.
Securus provides services to over 3.400 customers and 1,200,000 inmates and families all over North America. They offer phone plans that work on iPads, Androids, tablets, and landline phone services. One very popular service is the video phone platform that allows both callers to see one another during the call if they both have a web camera hookup on both ends. Also available is the Jail Voicemail, email, and a money transfer service.
The claims made by GTL were boastful and full of false facts and were by no means truthful in any way. Securus countered with an offer to set up a challenge to compare all of the metrics such as pricing and service results, with an independent third party set up to judge the outcome.
For awhile there was a deafening silence from GTL, and then eventually they politely declined to take part in the challenge. It was a foregone conclusion as the facts are difficult to overcome with exaggerations. Once the public knows the truth, the fabrication fades quickly away.
People who were once with GTL and have switched to Securus testify that they are much more satisfied by Securus by a three to one margin. The Securus plans are just great to use and they deliver handsomely what they originally say they will do. People are fickle in nature, and they will not stay with a service that is haphazard and difficult to use.
Securus takes its compliance and delivery processes very seriously because the link between an inmate and his family can mean the difference in how well he deals with his incarceration.
Conducting online reputation management can come with a few surprises. The entrepreneur never knows what she might find on the Internet, what some competitor says about her or what a dissatisfied customer might write in a review. The Internet can be a terrifying mystery that is unwrapped daily, especially for those who are in the public spotlight, reveals onlinereputationreviews.com. For one Dallas company, they woke up one morning to find a man who was attempting to extort them. William Stanley threatened to flood the Internet with negative reviews unless they paid him nearly $30,000. While threatening to sue a company may not seem like a legitimate business practice, the currently jailed Stanley will be arguing that this is a case of Free Speech during his trial.
Is Extortion An Exercise of Free Speech?
The problem with what Stanley is doing may become crystallized if we apply his tactic as a standard business practice or even a career. If he were to win in court, then he could make a career of threatening to ruin the reputation of legitimate companies. Just as there are online reputation management companies, Stanley could start an online defamation company.
There is a difference between free speech and extortion, or free speech and defamation. The rights of one individual end where the rights of another begin. The liberty to violate the rights of another person is not a true freedom. It is a form of anarchy, which is essentially what Stanley is advocating in his position. For him to say that he can extort a company as an exercise of free speech is lawless.
Threatening To Share Misinformation
One might be able to sympathize with Stanley if he were sharing a legitimate concern about the company. But he threatened that if they do not pay him $30,000, he is going to share false and misleading information on the Internet, ruining the companies reputation. One will have to wonder if something could be an exercise of free speech if it is an outright lie. Is perjury an exercise of free speech? Surely not. One can be confident that the courts will rule against Stanley.
Okay, you have finally realized you didn’t get your best financing deal when you purchased your vehicle. Well, you just took a ride on a rather large boat along with thousands of other buyers, so you’re not alone. That said, a refinancing has crossed your mind and it’s probably a good idea. However, if you will allow us to tug on your coat for a couple minutes, this article will put a smile back on your face, remove that dark cloud over your head, and show you some blue skies and green lights. To begin with, here are some interesting thoughts for you to ponder.
What went wrong when you purchased that vehicle? If your interest rate was high and you had a credit score on the north side of 700 plus an unblemished credit history doesn’t mean you received the best deal from the dealership. What you did was fall in love with the vehicle (can’t live without it) and your best rate suddenly went south. Dealer-sourced vehicle loans usually carry a high interest rate simply because you, the consumer, didn’t know any better.
Here are four things you need to know before you start looking to refinance your current vehicle. So ask yourself these questions:
* Is the vehicle worth less than the loan balance?
* Call your current lender and request the payoff amount of your loan which would be the amount of the money you need to refinance.
* Don’t fall for the ploy that there is a required time limit from the date of the original loan to refinance – it’s not true.
* Once you know your payoff, and the terms of your refinance loan, you’ll know how much of those green pieces of paper with the pictures of dead presidents on the front you will save refinancing.
In the final analysis, refinancing to better terms and rates loans are pretty much straightforward and decisions and paperwork are usually quick. Many lenders will allow some of the initial paperwork to be done online, as well. So if you find yourself upside down in your current loan and for whatever reason need to lower your monthly payment conundrum headache, you can stop whinning. Ignition Financial is where the parachutes and green lights are located and they will be happy to give you a quote when you ask the secret words that you want to “slash my payments.” Contact: www.ignationfinancial.org/auto-loans.
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