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

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Fri Feb 18 03:41:51 AEDT 2011

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 4:19 AM, Roger Clarke <Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au>wrote:

> >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.

It's been a very long time since I've paid Telstra for an STD call, but
based on their website it looks like the standard rates are 20-25
cents/minutes, with a 0.45 cent flag fall.

Thus the just-over-4-minute call would have previously been
(4.5*0.25+0.45=)  $1.58, where it will now be (5*0.25+0.45=) $1.70.  That's
an 8% increase, not 11%

For the sub-30-second it's previously (0.5*0.25+0.45=) 58 cents, where now
it's (1*0.25+0.45=) 70 cents.  That's an increase of 21%, not 100%.

Am I missing something?

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