[LINK] RFI: Change in Telstra Timed-Call Charges

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Feb 17 23:19:44 AEDT 2011

>Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:07:12 +1100
>To: Peter.Jamieson at telstra.com.au
>From: Roger Clarke <Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au>
>Subject: RFI: Change in Telstra Timed-Call Charges
>Mr Peter Jamieson
>Executive Director
>Customer Sales and Service
>Melbourne   VIC   3000
>Dear Mr Jamieson
>Re: [Bar-Code Reference]
>[Phone-number and Subscriber-Name]
>Your letter dated 14 Feb announces that Telstra is "changing the way 
>we charge for timed calls".
>Timed calls (i.e. by subscribers not on various kinds of plan, to 
>mobile, STD and international numbers) are to be charged at the 
>upper end of a 60-second block instead of the upper end of a 
>30-second block.
>That's an 11% increase for a call that clicks just over 4 minutes.
>And it's a 100% increase in the time-cost for the large numbers of 
>sub-30-second calls.
>1.  Would you please advise whether you have had this dramatic 
>increase approved by any authority, and if so which authority that 
>was.  The fact that it's being achieved through a change in the 
>structure of the tariff doesn't change the fact that it's a dramatic 
>2.  What stops you making it 2-minute blocks say next year?  And 
>5-minute blocks when you think you can get away with it?
>I look forward to your answers to these questions.
>Thank you for your assistance.
>Yours sincerely

Roger Clarke                                 http://www.rogerclarke.com/

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