Personally I find that when I like services from a company and I like the company, I have no problem paying for them. It's the best way to support what they are doing and keep them around. Originally I thought I would stick to the basic features, but Premier is getting very attractive. I may opt for it once I see how the custom Caller ID set up works.
Otherwise I agree with skellener, but not on the call screening.
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Ala cart would be a good approach. $50/feature $99 for all of them? They'd have to pick a price structure that doesn't loose them revenue from current Premier users but enables new people to pay for services that wouldn't pay $99 for Premier. I agree they need to eat to, but there is an expectation that certain things come with the package, listening to your messages as they are being recorded is one of them. That's been around since the first tape based answering machine.
I thought about this myself, but, you can't listen to the telco VM either. What it DOES give you for free is caller ID and an email/text if a message is received which can be real useful. To be honest with you, I've never seen any other VOIP service with an ATA that offered call screening.scottlindner wrote:I agree they need to eat to, but there is an expectation that certain things come with the package, listening to your messages as they are being recorded is one of them. That's been around since the first tape based answering machine.
And, thinking about it even further, the only time I really need to screen calls is when I don't know who the caller is. But, I send all of those callers to another answering machine with an Interceptor person-to-person caller ID machine so I don't even know a call has come in.
Anyway, what I'm saying is that I'm getting a lot more features for free, than I get with the my phone company at $30/mo for minimum service plus CID. (Oh, and I don't consider the hardware purchase as being free. An ATA is no more than $50 and I've never had to pay for porting my number, so, there is at least a year of service paid for up front the way I see it.)