Roll over data on unlimited voice plans

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How about allowing users to roll over their data? i have 2 gb, some months i use 500mb, other months I go way over. How about allowing say up to 25% of the unused to roll over (IE I would never have more than 2.5gb available; if i went over it would count as an overage)
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Koodo prepaid has this feature (boosters don't expire until they're all used up) but the data prices are initially higher. It's $30/1GB, for example. The problem is you seem to be a moderate to heavy data user. Prepaid won't be a good fit for you.

It sounds like a great idea, but Cingular tried this with minutes years ago and it failed miserably, because people went on super cheap plans and then just accumulated all their minutes until they needed them. I think it's still practiced in some circles

Think of it this way: does your car insurance company give you some money back if you didn't make a claim in a month? Does your landlord or bank give you a discounted rent/mortgage payment for the month if you decide to go on vacation for a week? Why should wireless be so different?
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i know that prepaid isn't for me... too darn expensive for my usage :-)
I just thought I would throw out the idea.. i don't think it would be too hard to implement, and would maybe garner some more subscriptions as a bonus over the other guys. lets face it, the plans are pretty much on par with everyone else now.

And I did say a cap at 25% max (arbitrary figure pulled out of my, um , hat). I am not talking about rolling over the 1.5gb that I didn't use last month so I have 3.5 this month.
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That's true, a small % would be reasonable... it's not a bad idea, but it's been suggested before.
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I think it's a good idea though personally in the past 2 years I've almost never had more than a few MB's left when a new cycle begins, LoL.
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All I know is with my 6GB plan I'd have at least 40 gigs of data to play with right now, which is probably why it'll never happen :)

Can't say I disagree with the idea however.
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Idea is good but people will abuse it and just accumulate all the data to ridiculous amounts.
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It's pretty much like setting money aside for when you'll need it most, or stocking on food in preparation for the zombie apocalypse. From the customer's point of view, I fail to see anything wrong with that behaviour and I'd welcome such a move.
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@Jorden and @John Lee:
I did say to cap it at say 25% of your monthly total. You would not be able to accumulate huge amounts of data, just a max to a certain percentage.

IE if you have a 6gb plan (wish I did) and you only use 3gb, you would pool 1.5gb for the next month. At no time could you go higher than 1.5gb in your bank, but it would be there until you needed it. If you used it all in one month (7.5gb total) your bank would be back to 0. If you used only 500mb, your bank would be 1gb for the next month (as you didn't have anything left in the current month to add to it). You could then add 500mb the next month if you didn't use all your 6gb...

make sense?
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Almost makes sense if I make some assumptions. So the roll over would be limited to a maximum of 25%. This is different than banking 25% per month (you did explain this).

In your example I follow up to the 7.5gb but I think you mean you then use 500mb from your roll over plus all 6gb from your monthly limit for a total of 6.5gb. That leaves the 1gb to roll over to the next month.

Anyway, my gut feeling is Koodo would not be interested in doing this but would rather charge overage fees. Maybe. This could be an add on but it would have to be cheaper than just paying overage fees.
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pretty much sums it up. at no time would you have more than 25% of your monthly allotment banked up.

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