Re: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas Needed

2006-04-06 Thread Mac Dearman
Thats what we do - - - No contracts and if we can use a Tranzeo TR-CPQ to 
connect thjem it is a $200.00
set up/install fee + router ($50.00) and first months service ($50.00) and 
we maintain ownership of the CPE. If it takes a Trango 900MHz CPE to catch 
them - - the install/setup fee goes to $400.00 :-) and I still own the CPE



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- Original Message - 
From: Peter R. [EMAIL PROTECTED]

To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 12:25 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas Needed


Be tough to get a 4 year contract. Plus how are you going to enforce these 
contracts?

Who owns the CPE after install?
Who takes care of maintenance?

How about a Priority install charge to help off-set the CPE?

Regards,

Peter
RAD-INFO, Inc.
4isps.com
marketingideaguy.com


Joshua M. Andrews wrote:

I'm about to get my first WISP up and running but the major factor that's 
holding me back is the initial cost of the CPE's.  I've decided to go 
with WaveWireless (formerly WaveRider) 900Mhz but the lowest prices are 
around $350 or so.  I've been thinking of pitching the service by saying 
the following:

 Option 1:  1 Year Contract and install is $295.95.
Option 2:  2 Year Contract and install is $195.95.
Option 3:  3 Year Contract and install is $99.95.
Option 4:  4 Year Contract and install is FREE.
 Anybody else have any suggestions to help offset the initial cost per 
customer in this regard?  Thanks in advance.

 Sincerely,
 Joshua M. Andrews
Support Corps of America
www.SupportCorps.us http://www.SupportCorps.us



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Re: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas Needed

2006-04-06 Thread Pete Davis
We were in a similar position when we started our WISP in 2002, and we 
went exclusively with Waverider CPE ($500+ at that time) and we found 
that the market would not bear more than $200 setup (we now only charge 
$149). It was/is also our thinking that a contract to lock them into 
service wouldn't make sense either. If they don't want to pay the last 8 
months of service because they cannot afford it, because they don't like 
the service, or whatever, then I wouldn't help grow the business by 
suing them, so a contract wouldn't make sense. We do have them sign a 
limited liability agreement, where they agree to, among other things,  
return the CPE or pay us $995.00 when they disconnect. They also agree 
not to break any laws or intentionally cause any problems with the 
service, etc etc.


I also don't think people want a LOT of complicated options when they 
sign up for service. I think you will be better off offering a $200 
setup and $49/mo (we started at $59 residential, and dropped to $39) 
for  service.
After the 15 or 20 customers are online that pay for the upstream 
broadband (depending on what you are paying),  you can have the CPE pay 
for itself 4 months if you don't outsource the installations. Then, 8 
Customers will buy 1 CPE/month, and 64 will buy 8/mo and so on.


The numbers don't always exactly work that way, since employees want to 
be paid, the van will need gas, tires and oil,  email servers will need 
service/repair/upgrades, and some customers will need a $100 worth of 
masts, cables, guy wires, etc to get them installed.


What you may want to consider is giving a free/discounted installation 
if the customer will pre-pay 12 months service. We offer a 10% discount 
on the service/installation if they pre-pay 12 months.


What we learned: We wished we had implemented lower cost 802.11b 
AP/CPE's alongside the Waverider gear sooner. We waited over a year 
before we did that, and figured out that we didn't have to wait 12 to 18 
months for a customer to be cash flow positive. Now, its less than 5 
months. Less than 1 if I don't outsource the installation ($125 to 
contractor), and I put it in myself, and collect the $150 setup + 1st 
month service and put in a $120 CPE.


Pete Davis
NoDial.net

Joshua M. Andrews wrote:
I'm about to get my first WISP up and running but the major factor 
that's holding me back is the initial cost of the CPE's.  I've decided 
to go with WaveWireless (formerly WaveRider) 900Mhz but the lowest 
prices are around $350 or so.  I've been thinking of pitching the 
service by saying the following:
 
Option 1:  1 Year Contract and install is $295.95.

Option 2:  2 Year Contract and install is $195.95.
Option 3:  3 Year Contract and install is $99.95.
Option 4:  4 Year Contract and install is FREE.
 
Anybody else have any suggestions to help offset the initial cost per 
customer in this regard?  Thanks in advance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joshua M. Andrews

Support Corps of America
www.SupportCorps.us http://www.SupportCorps.us


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RE: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas Needed

2006-04-05 Thread Cliff Leboeuf








Joshua,



We originally charged a $200 install and a
$150 install for businessThat was 4 years ago and was based on DSL just
becoming available in my area.



Since then, cable has become available.
Both DSL and cable have become cheaper and offer free installs.



Even with DSL and cable offering free
installs, and short term commitments, I still get $200 for install for a 12
month agreement, $100 for 24 months and free for 36 months. All of the install
fees are typically based on a $89.95 per month access charge.



A 4 year agreement is to scary
for most subscribers; especially with the rate this technology has changed.



Each market is different. Get what you can
while you can. What does your competitive market look like?



- Cliff











From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf
Of Joshua M. Andrews
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006
8:16 PM
To: wireless@wispa.org
Subject: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas
Needed







I'm about to get my first WISP up and running but the major
factor that's holding me back is the initial cost of the CPE's. I've
decided to go with WaveWireless (formerly WaveRider) 900Mhz but the lowest
prices are around $350 or so. I've been thinking of pitching the service
by saying the following:











Option 1: 1 Year Contract and install is $295.95.





Option 2: 2 Year Contract and install is $195.95.





Option 3: 3 Year Contract and install is $99.95.





Option 4: 4 Year Contract and install is FREE.











Anybody else have any suggestions to help offset the initial
cost per customer in this regard? Thanks in advance.











Sincerely,











Joshua M. Andrews





Support Corps of America





www.SupportCorps.us








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Re: [WISPA] CPE Cost Ideas Needed

2006-04-05 Thread Peter R.
Be tough to get a 4 year contract. Plus how are you going to enforce 
these contracts?

Who owns the CPE after install?
Who takes care of maintenance?

How about a Priority install charge to help off-set the CPE?

Regards,

Peter
RAD-INFO, Inc.
4isps.com
marketingideaguy.com


Joshua M. Andrews wrote:

I'm about to get my first WISP up and running but the major factor 
that's holding me back is the initial cost of the CPE's.  I've decided 
to go with WaveWireless (formerly WaveRider) 900Mhz but the lowest 
prices are around $350 or so.  I've been thinking of pitching the 
service by saying the following:
 
Option 1:  1 Year Contract and install is $295.95.

Option 2:  2 Year Contract and install is $195.95.
Option 3:  3 Year Contract and install is $99.95.
Option 4:  4 Year Contract and install is FREE.
 
Anybody else have any suggestions to help offset the initial cost per 
customer in this regard?  Thanks in advance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Joshua M. Andrews

Support Corps of America
www.SupportCorps.us http://www.SupportCorps.us



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