Cell Phone Carriers & Pricing Structure / Flexibility

By | July 23, 2011

Readers – try to answer these questions and see if you fall into one of the below categories, which I believe most or all of us will.

  1. Are you able to use all or close to all the allocated cell phone minutes under your current plan?
  2. Do you use only 50% of your minutes which is little over the next lower plan available with your carrier?
  3. Do you cross your allocated plan minutes by a margin of 5-10% and pay heavy 0.40 cents a minute?
  4. Are you scared that you will cross the minutes soon and end up BUYING extra minutes at higher costs?

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What I’m trying to address here is why the cell phone carriers are not coming up with a floating or flexible pricing structure. Let me try to explain what we need our carriers to address/solve for common public.

With floating or flexible pricing structure what if carriers can provide us these options?

Option 1 – If I cross 20 minutes (which is about 3%) over my currently allocated minutes in the plan, then deduct these minutes from my next month plan and send me a TEXT or EMAIL or VoiceMail about the change due to overage of minutes instead of charging me for those little amount extra minutes.

Option 2- If I cross over 20% of my plan minutes then charge me for the next higher plan assume, I’m paying $49.99 / month, and if next higher plan is $59.99… just automatically ROLL my plan over to next higher plan for just THIS particular month, hence it saves me on the extra 40cents which others I pay / minute where I might end up paying $20 instead which is higher than the fees for next higher plan.

Option 2.a – If I under-use my minutes which is in compliance with the next lower plan, then charge my account not for $49.99 but for rather $34.99. That way, the wireless carrier can use this as a marketing feature, GET MORE WIRELESS CUSTOMERS, and the Customers can breathe EASE about using their cell phone minutes.

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