In Australia Telstra (Dominant Telco), started off with no Cap, then went
to $65 buys you 100 meg with a per meg charge after that.
they then shot themselves in the foot badly by counting all access to the
accounts mgmt features as bandwidth used. So if you used their hugely
graphical account status tools (which ate bandwidth), you were charged for it.
Then Optus (major telco competitor) did a deal with @Home for a flat rate
cable modem service and now its a free for all.
I worked on the Technical side of Telstra's ISP/Cable stuff, and all the
techs wailed and moaned about the stupidity of the cap and billing
mechanism (all known VOIP ports were filtered) Linux was not officially
supported , we unofficially helped people right a client :)
But we learned that products in telcos are priced and driven by marketing
At 03:51 PM 6/19/00, Paul Kelly wrote:
>Conor Daly wrote:
> > > What do they mean by "Download charges may apply." , I wonder?
> > I have it from a horse who lives in Malahide (You know, horse's mouth
> > and all) that there is a monthly charge (of too much) for the first 30Mb
> > and a surcharge of IEP1.00 per Mb thereafter. So, that works out at
> > about IEP650 to d/l the latest RH ISO image!
>>Nice of them to state that clearly nowhere on their web site. I wonder
>if the trading standards people have an email address....
>>Download caps are not uncommon in the US - but generally set around the
>1GByte per month level with a few dollars per hundred megs over. 30MB
>(I'm assuming it's not 30Mb because 30MB is rediculous enough) gets you
>maybe three hours of Quake 3 a month. That's beyond a joke. Are you sure
>it's not 30Gb or 30GB? Or maybe you get 30MBytes of web hosting? I find
>it very difficult to believe they would set a cap at 30MB.
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