When Free Makes You More Money

from the how-it-all-works dept

Way back when WiFi was first becoming popular and all these businesses came out with plans to charge people monthly subscription rates or huge hourly rates and somehow expected to make money, a few people pointed out that the added expense of managing all of the billing and customer support probably outweighed all of the revenue from users. It would appear that one local WiFi operator now agrees. WiFi Networking News is reporting that MetroFi has done the math and is opening up all of their hotspots for free. They note that cutting out the customer acquisition costs and billing-related costs were adding up. However, by replacing the little bit of revenue they were making from subscribers with advertising revenue from a lot more subscribers (and the lower costs), they actually end up making a lot more money. It’s not that surprising when you understand how all the factors play together, but it still seems like a good case study for those who got so angry claiming it was impossible to make money from “free.”

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lar3ry says:


It took them some time, but they finally figured out what other companies figured out… people won’t pay for “free wireless” but won’t mind a bit of advertising to get what they want. Of course, if the advertising is too prevalent, it will turn off some users, so they will have to figure out the right balance.

It’s easy for people to equate “wireless” and “free.” Just like TV signals (omitting satellite TV for sake of argument), the over-the-air ones are free, and you pay a premium for the wired ones (more bandwidth).

Rob says:

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the following five addressees:

1) Marco Monet
409 NE 107 St
Miami Fl 33161

2) Alain Renaud
2638 Augustin Cantin
Montreal QC Canada
H3K 1E1

3) J.R. Arnold
14777 Wunderlich Dr. 2212
Houston, Texas 77069

4) Leila Khalil
309 E Rand Rd 302
Arlington Heights IL 60004

5) Robert del Rosario
3313 Ashby Field Avenue
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89031

Step 2.
Now remove the top name from the list, and move the other names up.
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on the list.

Step 3.
Post the article to at least 200 newsgroups. There are at least 17000
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newsgroups as you can. Remember the more groups you post to, the more
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Step 4.
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within 7 to 14 days!!. Remember, the internet is new and huge!. There
is no way you can loose.

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Out of every block of 200 posts I made, I got back 5 responces.
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Each additional person who sent you $1.00 now also makes 200
additional postings with your name at #4, 1000 postings. On average
then, 50 people will send you $1.00 with your name at #4, … $50.00 in
your pocket!!

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$1.00 each that’s
$5,000.00 in cash!!

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you get a return of $50,000 before your name drops off the list. And
that’s only
If everyone down the line makes only 200 postings each! Your total
income for this one cycle is $55,000.00

>From time to time when you see your name is no longer on the list, you

take the latest posting you can find and start all over again.

So that’s it. Pretty simple sounding stuff, huh? But believe me it
There are millions of people surfing the net everyday, all day, all
over the world. And 100,000 new people get on the net every day. You
know it, you’ve seen the stories in the papers. So, my friend, read
and follow the simple instructions and play fair. That’s the key, and
that’s all there is to it.
Print this out right now so you can refer back to this article easily.
Try to keep an eye on all the postings you made to make sure everyone
is playing fairly. You know where your name should be.

Note: Keep in mind that this has been circulating for over a year, so do not be surprised if some of the addresses are outdated…It won’t matter, because you KNOW your address is correct and since you are starting the process again, all the addresses added by the others will be fresh !!


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