developing a plan that if you don't use something you don't get charged for it

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Example: if you have a plan with 200 minutes but you only use 50.. You only get charged for the 50 mins. Providing overall cheaper plans by only charging customers for what they use
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Chris Petersens

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Isn't that their prepaid service? You only pay for what you use.
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NorthernRaven

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There was a similar comment yesterday. What you have to realize is that with plans like this you are paying for the "up to" 200 minutes, not 200 minutes like buying 200 pencils. The company relies on the average across all plan members being significantly below 200. If everyone actually maxed out the 200 minutes, the company would immediately raise the rates. If you want to pay per-minute, using 200 minutes would be more expensive than whatever the 200-minute plan costs now.
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Look into the service provider "ting" they're only in the USA and work with sprint, however the way their plans work is what I was suggesting. Not pay as you go. But a plan that's similar.
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Hmmmm....koodo's plans seem to be better. For $60 you get more with them than ting. They don't seem to get great traction in the states either. From I a read they have less than forty thousand customers after 3 years in business. I like how they let you pick and choose but the pricing is still not that awesome.
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I think your perception of corporate incentives is flawed - they want to make more money, rather than less! Ideally, they would be a monopoly source, able to charge high rates and force unneeded services into the bundle. If competition is unavoidable, they would prefer that it largely not be fought on price, with a small number of likewise competitors. If outsiders become a viable threat, then reluctantly introduce lower-margin brands rather than lose customers completely. And don't introduce ideas that reduce your subscriber revenue unless it is made up for in volume, or from necessity due to customer leakage... :)

All "ting" is doing is unwrapping some of the bundling that occurs with less flexible systems, and chopping things a little finer. So if you need lots of data and few minutes, or vice versa, or your usage varies greatly month to month, there is more billing flexibility. Note that they still have some lumpiness - $6 basic device charge (which would cover overhead), and you pay $9 whether you use 100 or 500 minutes.

The main thing is that ting is small, private company that is just buying bulk service from Sprint at packaging up. They are willing to take lower margins since the alternative is not existing. Telus isn't going to take Koodo any further down this road than necessary at any given time.
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If outsiders become a viable threat, then reluctantly introduce lower-margin brands rather than lose customers completely.


Or acquire them including their spectrum and assimilate them like the BORG ;)
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I luv the BORG reference ;D
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Mike Sheehan

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I like Northern Ravens second paragraph.

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