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« on: November 04, 2008, 04:20:40 AM »

There's not really a good place to put this - Mods if you want to move, please go ahead !

Got thinking today - with the pre-dial premier service there are 3 ways to fund :

* Send standard SMS
* Use reverse billed SMS
* Use premium rate no - 0871

There may be others but it is late now and the whiskey is present !

For me, useing standar SMS is the preferred way as I get these as part of contract packages.

What I am thinking of is a way to compare what people may have or want to buy so as to give themselves the most minutes to call their desired destination(s) via pre-dial.

I have some ideas on how this could be presented.  Also it could become complicated due to the price differences due to all the combinations possible.  But this is the challenge !

Also this could be useful in different circumstances - say you have 1 left on a PAYG SIM - is is better to SMS the Pre-dial shortcode or call the 0871 no a few times ?... and so on - there are many different situations - how can the masses have a simple way to know what is the best way to maimise what they have with pre-dial services ?

Look forward to the replies......
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 08:47:12 AM »


At first sight a cost comparison table of some sort sounds a good idea.

On second thoughts, I doubt how useful it would be in practice.

What the pre-dial options are doing is giving everybody the choice of what suits them best.

To use you as an example A1ia5, you choose SMS because they are inclusive, and you would probably still do so if a comparison table showed another method was cheaper!

Similarly, someone with p&g balances to get rid of, may well decide to use premium SMS, irrespective of where they sit in some price comparison table.     Wink

The actual costs to users depends as much on what they have surplus to their needs as it does on any theoretical calculations I suggest.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 01:51:26 PM »


At first sight a cost comparison table of some sort sounds a good idea.

On second thoughts, I doubt how useful it would be in practice.

What the pre-dial options are doing is giving everybody the choice of what suits them best.

To use you as an example A1ia5, you choose SMS because they are inclusive, and you would probably still do so if a comparison table showed another method was cheaper!

Similarly, someone with p&g balances to get rid of, may well decide to use premium SMS, irrespective of where they sit in some price comparison table.     Wink

The actual costs to users depends as much on what they have surplus to their needs as it does on any theoretical calculations I suggest.



Agree with you Dave - What Pre-dial is doing is providing many ways to produce credits for the services.  This is tremendous !

In my first post I was trying to generalise for the benefit of all users.  Ok, my interest in this would be as a way to use up small amounts of credit on PAYG.  What I'm primarily interested in is getting the most Pre-dial credits for the credit on the SIM.  So for a given mobile provider, PAYG tarriff and PAYG credit amount, what would be the best single or combination of ways to maximise the gained Pre-dial credit ?  A table or several tables would perhaps best present this.

This is also useful now as I have many sims with small amounts of credit on I would like to use, before porting the no away.  I don't particularly want to lose the credit, but would do so as the eventual gain will be greater than the loss.

It also provides more income to Mikael, that may well be lost otherwise.

If you have any other ideas on how small amounts of PAYG credit can be converted into something else that is useful, then that would be of interest.

Of course a key dependence here is on Pre-dial continuing to offer the service, and store and redeem credits.  And of course Pre-dial is dependent upon the telecoms providers stumping up payments and not weaseling out because of things like AIT (Artificially Inflated Traffic) - which telecoms providers do (or should) keep very accurate details on and know typical profiles...
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