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  1. #16
    John S.
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?


    "(PeteCresswell)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > The only variable-cost item that I can think of - now that the issue's
    > been
    > raised - is that while my phone is turned on it's communicating with a
    > tower
    > whether I use it or not.
    >
    > Assuming that a given tower only has the capacity to manage so many phones
    > without having it's quipment upgraded that would seem tb a variable cost
    > insofar
    > as the number of idle prepaid phones stresses that capacity.
    >
    > Whether or not it's outweighed by the time value of the money I gave them
    > for
    > the minutes I haven't used yet is another issue....


    Pete, the "Paging Channel" that causes the phones to identify themselves to
    a tower for quicker call delivery really doesn't have much of a limit. If
    you are near that tower there is no issue.

    Making calls is what takes up the capacity.





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  2. #17
    John S.
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    Re: prepaid phone plans that don't expire?


    "Joseph" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > This may be true, but wireless operators are basically "selling air"
    > which basically costs them next to nothing.


    Not to mention the BILLIONS paid to the government for the frequencies (in
    the instance of PCS) nor the billions spent on the infrastructure of the
    system, towers, antennas, equipment, control equipment, switches etc etc
    etc... Then of course there are the ongoing costs of personel to maintain
    the system, sales, electricity, taxes..... CapEx costs to upgrade,
    re-arrange, and build new sites.

    I wouldn't call it nothing by a long shot. Cingular spent over $35 million
    with my company alone last year. And for what we do, I am only one of many.

    Nothing? They are selling air TIME over a radio system that is expensive to
    install and maintain.





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