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Re: An Attempt at Economically Rational Pricing: Time Warner Trial

  • From: Mikael Abrahamsson
  • Date: Fri Jan 18 14:03:10 2008

On Fri, 18 Jan 2008, Rod Beck wrote:

So, anyone but me think that this will end in disaster? I think the model where you get high speed for X amount of bytes and then you're limited to let's say 64kilobit/s until you actually go to the web page and buy another "token" for more Y more bytes at high speed? We already have this problem with metered mobile phones, which of course is even more complicated for users due to different rates depending on where you might be roaming.

Customers want control, that's why the prepaid mobile phone where you get an "account" you have to prepay into, are so popular in some markets. It also enables people who perhaps otherwise would not be eligable because of bad credit, to get these kind of services.

I'm also looking forward to the pricing, all the per-byte plans I have seen so far makes the ISP look extremely greedy by overpricing, as opposed to "we want to charge fairly for use" that is what they say in their press statements.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: [email protected]