Buying a phone outright using beats getting a “discount” with a contract. Of course, that might depend on the carrier and the phone plan. This calculator tells you how much cheaper it is, over time, to buy the phone outright or lease it. WalletHub’s Cell Phone Calculator crunches the numbers to tell you which is the better option—buying the phone outright or leasing it via contract. You enter both options and the tool tells you the total cost over a two-year period. This calculation is based on net present value, the changing value of the phone over time, and it also assumes a 5% annual discount. In most cases, you’ll find that buying outright is the more frugal option in the long run, but it’s still interesting to see how much the cost varies. WalletHub also offers some price comparisons for different carriers, as you can see in the infographic below. Try the tool out for yourself at the link below. Call Phone Calculator | WalletHub … [Read more...] about This Calculator Shows You Whether It’s Best to Buy a Phone Outright or Lease It
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You want to go to Tokyo, so you hit up Google Flights and do some research. Tickets are around $800, but you close your browser window and decide to look again later. A couple of months pass, and those same flights are now $1,200. What gives? It’s called price discrimination, and colleges use the same strategy to sell tuition. How Colleges Price Their Tuition Like Airplane Seats Price discrimination is the strategy of selling a product at a range of prices to maximize profits, and usually, that price is whatever the customer is willing to pay. Airlines, for example, offer a range of prices for their tickets, which is why customers are always searching for the “best time to buy.” On a Saturday, the same flight might be twice as much as it is on a Tuesday. Airlines fluctuate their prices based on demand—they know last-minute travelers will pay more, so they hike up their prices closer to the travel dates. They also use business and first class designations to get … [Read more...] about Colleges Are Using Price Discrimination—Here’s How to Fight It
Next time you are passing through a supermarket and see all those special deals and promotions going on, you may want to ponder the complexity that has to be managed behind the scenes. Trade promotions can take many shapes from simple discounts, to free products, two for the price of one, three for the price of two, vouchers, rebates and much more. “I’m not tempted,” he says. “Not even a little bit.” Mike Ridgway on share market listing. When the promotion is over, the supplier and the supermarket will usually have to settle up in a process called remittance. Everything has to be recorded, documented and managed to create an audit trail. This all happens even before you get down to analysing the success or otherwise of your promotion. Now the process of Trade Promotions Management (TPM) is being replicated in the world of e-commerce. All of those calculations and transactions have to be processed at internet speed. Flintfox has developed pricing engines … [Read more...] about Flintfox’s pricing engine gets a 600-times speed boost
Vodafone Australia is demanding that a "consumer welfare analysis" is necessary to demonstrate that past Mobile Terminating Access Services (MTAS) pricing decisions have promoted the long-term interests of end-users (LTIE). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a discussion paper (PDF) last month into its regulation of MTAS that sets the rate larger telcos can charge other telcos to call their networks, or prevent those telcos from connecting calls to their network entirely. regulate the cost of wholesale SMS services , in a move that the watchdog believes will lead to lower SMS prices. In its submission (PDF), Vodafone highlighted that while MTAS prices fell from 21 cents per minute to 3.6 cents per minute during 2003 and 2014, consumers have not "adequately" benefited from fixed to mobile price reductions as Telstra has not fully passed on reductions in MTAS. "Telstra has introduced Telstra Home Phone Pinnacle which does offer unlimited fixed to … [Read more...] about Vodafone demands SMS pricing regulation consistency from ACCC
Last week, we discussed the wide variety of ways IT can save the organization money by migrating new and existing compute needs to the cloud. However, while calculating the price of cloud services is usually straightforward, the other half of the cloud—software-defined infrastructure—is not. You can't just log on to your handy cloud provider, regardless of which one it is, and expect to know in advance what the toll charges will be on this part of the internet highway. The reason is simple when you dig in a bit. In their efforts to provide for every conceivable need, cloud providers—and I'm talking about all of them, from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Rackspace—pack their cloud offerings with every conceivable option. Unfortunately, each of those options is priced separately and, while the incremental cost is usually small, they can quickly add up. It wasn't until I started working on my latest PCMag project—updating our Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) … [Read more...] about What’s Needed to Simplify Cloud Pricing?