Thursday, August 04, 2005

Public Service Announcement 

In the interest of the public good and true to my good-nuke background, I plotted a lowest-cost curve of BellSouth Domestic Long Service rates. The results are as follows:

If monthly use is ...then the cheapest plan is ...
0 - 5 min.Standard Rate ($.18/min)
6 - 19 min.One Dollar Plan ($1/month + $.10/min)
20 - 90 min.30-Minute Plan ($2.95 for 30 minutes, $.09/min after that)
60 - 160 min.60-Minute Plan ($5.95 for 60 minutes, $.08/min after that)
160 - 380 min.Nickel Plan ($5.95/month + $.05/min)
381 + min.Unlimited Long Distance Plan ($24.99/month)

(appologies for any excess spaces, but Blogger isn't playing well with my <table> tags)

This, of course, doesn't take into account any possible benefits derived from bundling various specific combinations of services. Neither does it account for wide distribution of monthly use, especially in the border regions (for example, if your average usage lies slightly above 20 minutes, but your distribution is very wide the money saved during low usage months using the $1 plan may offset the slightly higher cost during high usage months).

Here at submandave, we do the geeky math so you don't have to.

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