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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to 88615298

Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

Well, kind of if after you buy the 250K Lamborghini it costs you $100K/month to maintain it.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
So someone paying $1320 a year for 100 Mbps internet can surely afford a ONE TIME $200 fee.

mj3431

join:2003-04-21
STL, MO
Reviews:
·Charter
You're assuming that everyone is getting the service at the standard rate. I'm currently getting 100M for $60/mo as part of my bundle. When the promotion ends I'll surely go back to 30 instead of paying nearly double just to keep this package.

This way they'll be able to charge the $200 "activation fee" to discourage people like me from taking advantage of great pricing in the future. Funny thing is Charter called me and offered me this spectacular deal, which I verified here on the direct forum before proceeding back in March.

rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to 88615298
I agree they can afford it but usually the more "luxury" the item, the more free perks. I believe BMW offers lifetime free routine maintenance (whatever that means). It sure sounds better than paying $200 to install Charter's elite package.

If you ask me, the $200 install fee is to discourage folks from getting it because, perhaps, just perhaps, too many folks are signing up for it and they are having trouble supporting it. Either that or folks who get it bench the performance and when they don't get what they believe they deserve, Charter has to "tweak" their install (run a new drop, split the node) until the are satisfied.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to mj3431
said by mj3431:

You're assuming that everyone is getting the service at the standard rate. I'm currently getting 100M for $60/mo as part of my bundle. When the promotion ends I'll surely go back to 30 instead of paying nearly double just to keep this package.

This way they'll be able to charge the $200 "activation fee" to discourage people like me from taking advantage of great pricing in the future. Funny thing is Charter called me and offered me this spectacular deal, which I verified here on the direct forum before proceeding back in March.

if you're getting it at a promo rate you already have it and thus won't be charged the $200. This is only going to affect NEW 100 Mbps customers and they won't have a promo rate.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to rradina
said by rradina:

If you ask me, the $200 install fee is to discourage folks from getting it

I though that's what the price increase from $88 to $110 was for.

perhaps, just perhaps, too many folks are signing up for it and they are having trouble supporting it.

I doubt that "too many" people are signing up to pay $110 a month for internet.


elios

join:2005-11-15
Springfield, MO
thought that was how supply and demand worked
ether every one is getting it there for price goes up or they are just trying to keep keep people from getting it

its one or the other you cant have it both ways

rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to 88615298
If few sign up, then their statement doesn't make sense. There's not enough revenue made to fund those incremental investments. I really don't care if they charge an install fee but this smells a lot like a Billy Mays infomercial where if you buy one at $19.99, you get one free, just pay a separate $15.99 processing/postage/shipping/handling/whatever fee.


Ultra is a premium service which results in higher incremental network investments, equipment costs, and other operating expenses," the company tells me. "In an effort to maintain reasonable monthly recurring service fees, we have implemented a higher installation fee for Ultra customers."

This statement is especially full of hot air in an economy that loves to give stuff away but charge a monthly fee for the life of the product. The RIAA would just love to get rid of the concept of selling a song on any medium if they could figure out a way to charge you every time you play a song.

mj3431

join:2003-04-21
STL, MO
Reviews:
·Charter
reply to 88615298
I understand that it only applies to NEW 100m activations. My point was that when they bring promotions back (and they will at some point) this will discourage customers from purchasing the higher rate tier. This is simply a move to slow uptake on this tier since it costs them much more to upgrade the network, split nodes etc. to support it.