Monday, 29 October 2012

Paying For What You Use: Mobile Phones and Web Hosting

It is often better to pay for what you use instead of what you think you'll use. For many types of services are payments where customers can pay for what they use instead of a total service.
The obvious example of this is with electricity and gas. These are always paid according to consumption. It would not in any other way will vary depending on the time of year, the heating requirement is very different in the middle of the winter, to compare with the middle of summer. While gas and electricity traditionally worked in this way, there are a number of other services that are now available on a pay-as-you-use basis.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are a common example of a service where you can pay for what you use, instead of paying an on-going fee. With a pay-as-you-go package, only the first payment is to purchase the phone. Once this has been paid to customers simple top-up their phone with a certain amount, which is then once the credit has been exhausted. Except for emergency calls can not be dialed once the credit is used until it is refilled once more. Refilling of a mobile phone is traditionally done through top-up vouchers purchased from outlets such as newsagents and supermarkets, but can also be done online, over the phone by credit or debit card or at some ATMs.
The alternative to pay-as-you-go contracts with the cell phone provider. Here, the phone costs less, and is sometimes free, just like the provider is to retain customers in an ongoing contract. A contract is a customer to make a monthly payment and in return they get a certain amount of talk time and text messages without any additional cost. More calls can be made (and more text messages) in addition to these, but they will cost more.
For those who have a low number of calls or only for an emergency pay-as-you-go option is more cost-effective. On the other hand, a contract is the better option for those who use it more frequently. A contract can often be adapted to the needs of the customer and it is likely to prove cheaper in the long run.
Web Hosting
Traditionally, web hosting paid by paying a monthly fee to a web hosting provider. This includes a certain amount of disk space and bandwidth is dedicated to a website. When deciding on a package or the type of hosting they need, website owners should try to get the amount of traffic the site will attract anticipate. This is not always easy and the error could mean end up with too little bandwidth (which means that people are not able to view the site) or too much (resulting in paying more than necessary). Cloud hosting is a solution. It allows customers to pay for the hosting resource they need at any given time. If additional resources are required, the automatic dedicated to a site. This is then charged, but will only be charged when it is used.

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