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Re: For $999, a Lifetime of Internet Phone Calls

Tim Keating (NotForJunkEmail@directinternet11.com1)
Mon, 06 Dec 2004 21:09:58 -0500

On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 11:56:25 -0500, Lisa Minter
<> quoted Jack Decker:

> Jack Decker's note: Interesting idea here, but of course the problem
> is that any sort of "lifetime" plan beg the question -- whose
> lifetime? That of the customer, or of the company offering the plan?
> Basically you are gambling that the company will stick around long
> enough to at least give you a better deal than you would have got by
> buying service on a per-month basis. On the other hand, this plan
> could give the company a lot of up-front cash to reinvest in the

Or they can pull another Novergence style scam.

Liberate the cash, in the form of excessive executive compensation.
And then file for bankruptcy. Presto, no need to worry above fulling
future obligations.

> company, and by the time four or five years are up it just might be
> that there are no longer significant terminating charges on calls, so
> the company will be able to keep providing the service. Since I have
> no crystal ball (and would probably only see the dust on it if I did),
> I can't tell you what the future will bring for those who sign up for
> this.


> For $999, a lifetime of Internet phone calls

Then kiss your money good by. You're betting that this Startup will
still be a viable company in four to five years. Odds are at least to
5 to 1 against. You'll get better odds in Vegas, playing black jack.

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