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baineschile
2600 ways to live
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join:2008-05-10
Sterling Heights, MI

Proposal: Speed AND consumption pricing models.

A while ago, I thought of a speed/consumption based model. I dont think per-gig is the answer, but there may be overages.

This is just an example

Speed:
3mb - $10
10mb - $20
25mb - $35
100mb - $70

Usage:
10gig - $10
100 gig - $20
500 gig - $35
Unlimited - $50

That way, people that need a lot of bandwidth, but may not need the speed (big file transfers, work related) can buy a large useage, but maybe a lower speed. If someone needs a lot of speed, but not necessarily a lot of usage (occasional video online, gaming), it can support them. Then, people who want a super fast connection with as much as they can download will have an option, but it will be more expensive than the rest. "Grandmas" can get a lower internet, and low usage, for the "reading the emails once a week" as a reasonable cost.

Again, these are just ballpark figures more than anything. Obviously over time, speed and consumption will increase, but a foundation where people actually have a CHOICE would be nice.

Thoughts?

fptraders
Premium
join:2007-02-23
Las Vegas, NV
That's actually not the worst idea I've ever seen...


baineschile
2600 ways to live
Premium
join:2008-05-10
Sterling Heights, MI
Thanks...is it near the bottom at least?!?!?!?!


del ftl

@comcast.net
reply to baineschile
There's nothing wrong with what you have listed, except that what TWC will do is look at usage patterns. If they find that 90% of their users go over 2GB then that will be their first tier, not 10. That would be called "leaving money on the table". Then they find that next point is 5GB, so that will be their 20 dollar one. Then 20GB will be their 35 GB one. The goal of this pricing type is to make the tiers right at that point where average users will go into overages or be forced to pay into the higher tier they wont really use. Cell companies have perfected this and for some reason we accept it, even when there are providers who charge the same or less for unlimited. This is why the TWC CEO thinks consumers will "come around" because they are already used to it as VZW, AT&T, Sprint and Tmo voice customers, and VZW, and AT&T data customers.

There are basically two types of ATT customers, ones that always bust over their minute usage and pay overages, or ones that have tons and tons of rollover they will never use. Sure there is a small minority who the plans fit really close to their usage. And ~90 million users put up with that crap. And that's just at&t.

ToiletMint

join:2009-12-07
Pine River, MN
reply to baineschile
That would be nice. But we are Capitalists and that will never happen.


DaveDude
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join:1999-09-01
New Jersey
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said by ToiletMint:

That would be nice. But we are Capitalists and that will never happen.

Dont be too sure of that.