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Subject: re: UKNM: Underwriting phone bill
From: Ben Scott-Robinson
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 12:15:51 +0100

what a brilliant idea...

> ** Original Subject: UKNM: Underwriting phone bill
> ** Original Sender: Clay Shirky <clayatshirky [dot] com>
> ** Original Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 06:31:44 -0400 (EDT)

> ** Original Message follows...

> >From the Yank perspective, this whole business of metered calls looks
> not merely daft, but is also a drag on e-commerce, since the sense
> that time online is precious mitigates against the sense of comfort
> needed to get used to shopping.
> Have any ecommerce sites offered to explicitly reimburse customers for
> time spent on their site if they pruchase something? One could either
> do it with a counter (you spent 27 minutes here, so at 4p a minute
> we'll discount your purchase 1 pound 12) or just do like easyJet and
> offer a pound off for web purchases, but tie it explicitly to a
> discount for the metered rate, which would pay for somethig between 25
> and a hundred minutes, depending on the telco charge.
> -clay

>** --------- End Original Message ----------- **


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