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    The cost of bandwidth.

    Most sites that offer a set amount of bandwidth, typicall seem to charge around $0.50 to $1.00 per Gig of overage. Under a typical senerio of a VPS Plan that offers 500 Gigs (at Capathiahost), the Plan itself is only $45, while overage is charged at $1.00 per gig. That would make the bandwidth cost alone of th base package itself worth $500. Is this like discounting on Printers, and expeting more revenue back from sale of consumables such as Ink? Or is this something enterly different. Which host provides "Fair Market Value" for bandwidth? After it seemed like a "Bandwidth Tax", that is Tax for heavy users. Why is this so? Just ranting out.

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    Re: The cost of bandwidth.

    Originally posted by friendklay
    Most sites that offer a set amount of bandwidth, typicall seem to charge around $0.50 to $1.00 per Gig of overage. Under a typical senerio of a VPS Plan that offers 500 Gigs (at Capathiahost), the Plan itself is only $45, while overage is charged at $1.00 per gig. That would make the bandwidth cost alone of th base package itself worth $500. Is this like discounting on Printers, and expeting more revenue back from sale of consumables such as Ink? Or is this something enterly different. Which host provides "Fair Market Value" for bandwidth? After it seemed like a "Bandwidth Tax", that is Tax for heavy users. Why is this so? Just ranting out.
    Hosts make money on the fact that users do not use that whole 500GB. But, if they do, they will likely pay overages. So, when you look at overages it is a good example of what bandwidth actually costs them.

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    Re: Re: The cost of bandwidth.

    Originally posted by elix
    Hosts make money on the fact that users do not use that whole 500GB. But, if they do, they will likely pay overages. So, when you look at overages it is a good example of what bandwidth actually costs them.

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    So is it safe to assume that about $0.50/Gigabyte of Bandwidht is fair market value? And which host, here on WHT, is regarded as a "best value for money" when it comes to Bandwidth. How does carpathia, FDC, and Reyox compare?

    Thanks for the inputs.

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    there are companies (not vps that i know of) that offer pay for bandwith plans. you buy lets say 100GB of bandwith for X amount of money and use it instead of paying fixed monthly fee.

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    Originally posted by chihpih
    there are companies (not vps that i know of) that offer pay for bandwith plans. you buy lets say 100GB of bandwith for X amount of money and use it instead of paying fixed monthly fee.
    That's interesting. Any links for said company?

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    Charging a bit more for overage also discourages customers from going over their account allocations and provides an incentive for upgrading packages if needs be.
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    Originally posted by friendklay
    That's interesting. Any links for said company?
    I've used http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/ in the past. Still have an account with them with some money in it. If you have a big site, it'll be more expensive than buying one of the "packaged" accounts. If you have a small site, the fee for one month for a budget shared hosting account will keep your site running for a couple of years.

    Support is nice - the only problem some people might have is that you don't get any standard control panel like CPanel or Plesk. They have a custom interface you have to use.

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    Yeah, its for keeping the costumers alert of their bandwidth use. It's a very good strategy if the server where your VPS are is running on a unmetered bandwidth

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