nihonjin wrote:From what i can remember naked before started at $55 so for $5 more ($60) you get line rental included (believe it or not you still paid for line rental before as it was included in the price of the naked plan. Did you not ever wonder why a similar plan for adsl cost more for naked then it did just for the plan itself ie naked plan started at $55 whereas aapt plans for comparable quota started at around $40)
With your naked plan before you may have been using voip and you would assume that as a min you might have used $5 worth of calls well now you can spend the same total money ($60) and continue to make as many calls as you like without any worry of call quality or drop outs.
Naked did, and still does for me, start at $43 per month, which made it way cheaper than any ADSL2 plus any line rental. I'm sure that was for marketing rather than technical reasons, but still. I didn't change to naked because I have any issues with a "normal" phone line but because it was by far the cheapest option. Especially as I'm not making many calls and in most months my VoIP phone charges are between $1.50 and $5, i.e. my overall cost for Internet and phone is between $45 and $50 (worst case, never happened so far). Since national and international calls are very cheap already and I don't call mobile numbers much, most of the rest of the bill comes from 13(00) calls which cost the same on the new plans.
Also, in most months I am way below 20GB in overall (on and off peak) download, though there may be two or three months in a year when I go somewhat above 30GB, however since my peak quota is just 10GB, things can get a bit inconvenient once I reach that (better since the off-peak times have been extended recently).
So for me, it's a bit of a draw: if I stay on my current plan, I'll keep fighting with the on/off peak times but otherwise have everything I need (plus heaps I don't, particularly in off-peak quota), for $55 to $60 maximum. If I change to the OCV200, I pay $60 per month to start with, plus 1300 and international calls, plus those to non-Optus mobiles. Overall a savings in call costs of perhaps $1-$3 compared to now. And I need to be conscious of which connection (VoIP or PSTN) I use for which calls.
On the other hand I don't have to worry about on- and off-peak times at all anymore, which would be a considerable relief. Then again, I'd have to commit to another 12 month plan or pay another $40 in order not to, which is a concern because I am not sure at all that I'll still be in this place in a year's time. Advantage of the contract is of course that it means things won't change too much during that time, but if I do happen to move then I pay extra again.
I understand that building these plans is a complex challenge with many parameters, of which almost all are unknown to me. So I am sure there is a good reason why it does not make sense for Exetel to offer for example an OCV30 plan at $10 less than OCV200, which would make the decision for me much easier. (A 170GB smaller download quota for a $10 lower price doesn't make economic sense for Exetel? Just asking.) The main selling point of the new plans for me is the fact that there are no on- and off-peak times, although I don't care too much about that additional quota being very big. I get the feeling that that's an incredibly uncommon case.
Anyway, I am sure that when the next big changes come around, someone will say that the present pricing structure is insane because it's probably just as much driven by (carrier) marketing rather than technology as the previous push to get people onto naked, but there you go.