Re: [bitfolk] How much should BitFolk allow you to owe us be…

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Author: Tim Dickson
To: users
Subject: Re: [bitfolk] How much should BitFolk allow you to owe us before we suspend your service?
personally I like the idea of being cut off on reaching monthly limit
unless otherwise arranged. that way there are no  "surprise" bills. if
people don't monitor their own emails, then they won't notice their
server's net connection is down either :-)
If they do monitor their email, then they can arrange more allowance.

side comment:
it's cheaper to buy a second vps and do load balancing, than going more
than 400gb over allowance, if it was a regular occurrence. One assumes
the data use is consistently high to need to run out, and those 70%
usage warnings would normally be noticed before things went too far.


On 19/06/2018 18:07, Andy Smith wrote:
> Hi Nigel,
> Thanks for your input.
> On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 04:08:35PM +0000, Nigel Barker wrote:
>> Can we have a threshold per customer?
> Yes, everything is a Simple Matter of Programming¹, but we need to
> discuss the defaults first because the problem occurs when a
> customer incurs overage and does not respond to existing alerts etc.
> Such a customer will not have declared a preference of any kind, and
> will be operating based on the defaults for the service.
>> If I set it (or ask for it to be set) to say twice my monthly fee, I can hardly complain when the bill comes?
> So, just to put some figures to that.
> Base VPS is £8.99+VAT, so let's say cut-off at £18.00+VAT. That
> translates to 300GB of overage. Base VPS is allowed 1,000GB per 30
> days outbound. Once it hits 1,300GB and thus owes BitFolk
> another £18.00+VAT, you would be comfortable with the network being
> temporarily suspended unless the customer has already responded or
> been in touch to say that they are aware of the overage and are
> comfortable for it to be allowed to continue?
>> That way most customers would get a default (perhaps set at 150%
>> of their monthly allowance) and those who know they need more can
>> say so (and not be impacted).
> Just to be clear, 150% of the default 1TB outbound allowance is an
> extra 500GB which would cost 500 × £0.06 = £30.00+VAT.
> Which do you like best, 1.5x allowance or 2x monthly service charge?
> Cheers,
> Andy
> ¹ Half-serious reference to :)
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