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Top message:  Bandwidth management by OmegaWolf747   Feb 6, 2012, 3:45 PM

Replying to:  Re: Like Gym Membership by keithfrombm   Feb 7, 2012, 1:23 AM

A New Way Of Billing

by yourvoiceofreason    Feb 7, 2012, 9:25 AM

I have an idea that is slightly different. Instead of the current way of billing data with data caps/throttles, I think that all carriers should charge a flat rate for unlimited data per line (i.e. $20 per line). Then the customer can add on higher speeds based on what they really want/need, which would apply to all lines on the account.

For example, $10 for speeds up to 5mpbs, $15 for speeds up to 10mbps (obviously making $15 the "sweet spot"), $25 for speeds up to 20+mbps . The customer would not have to pay the speed boost for each line, but just once for the whole account (being like a family data plan). Even though I don't like it, they could even charge extra for mobile hotspot... I have not put too much thought into the actual pricing, so don't criticize that...lol..

In addition the carrier would provide full disclosure/maps of where the different speeds are available, so that the customers can make informed choices and be able to compare against other carriers. It would take away using terms like LTE, WIMAX, HSPA+, which are not important to the average customer, but focus on speed, which seems to be more important to the average person.

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