It wouldn't bother me in the slightest (my view having thought about this for a while ) if for a change in structure Exetel actually decided to make Off Peak bonus values to match with Peak data allowances. Too conventional for Exetel? Sure. Still, worse ideas seem possible.
Let's keep this in mind: the scarcer a resource(/data), the more valuable it seems.
So. What if a '30GB subscriber' were extended a 30GB/"soft"Uncharged Off Peak for bonus*?
*The default setting (desirably) is "shaped account" and, assuming the client wished to exploit Exetel: s/he would collect 30GB + 'theoretically' a ~40GB@512Kbps'shaped' for a total downloads of 70GB bonus. [ 100GB ] from a 30GB monthly starting point, not a bad value if responsibly made available through shaping.
Extrapolate the example to a '80GB subscriber'/an "ultra heavy" downloader and similarly s/he might achieve a 80-20 combo for a 100GB downloads of 'uncharged/bonus' time; total 180GB including Peak time. If, further, you were to include the <50%/shaping 'buffer' for Peak which of course is a "strict limit before being booted", this would bring to the maximum the physically permissible amount possible to ~220GB/mo - noting a good portion of it under 512Kbps control.
So you see ForumADmin/Clover, 80->200GB-plus and you've achieved a big win for keen broadband users in a clever and transparent manner. Perhaps more important, you'll have not overtly screamed the word "Unlimited" to those (inevitable) people who never will be pleased with your buying power.
- 512Kbps, I'll wager, will strike just the right balance in that 90% of people won't bother to download the net but rather choose to keep their good speeds available (keeping within their headline allowances) up to the end of any month.
- By employing 'symmetrical allowances' (linked to subscriber spend) we could probably aim for 8 hours of uncharged+shaped speed without throwing away as many customers to Optus Cable / TPG.
- I'd suggest 1:00am-9:00am a great timezone for traffic.
- 0.0004/8Gbps*3600s=0.18GBph =< 43GB per month (maxed), based on "8hour" shaping Off Peaks
- With Optus/Dodo/AAPT & iPrimus/ iiNet & aaNet/ supporting 12, 8 or 9 hours; Exetel's uncounted' could use a polish.