I’m sure most of you are wondering what “Boiling the Frog” means. Some of you know of the experiment, where you can put a frog in a pot of boiling water, and he will immediately jump out. But, if you take that same frog and put him in a nice cool comfortable pot, and then slowly over time increase the heat, he will sit there until the pot is boiling and eventually die.
Many of today’s service providers have adopted that philosophy. I’m not saying they intentionally have done it, but the slow progression of the “cafeteria” style service offering has turned into a big surprise for the consumer, resulting in higher than expected expenses.
If your sitting there wondering what I’m talking about, then please, let me give you a small example. Lets say you received a Special One Time offer from your cell phone provider, saying you can upgrade your two year old phone to the latest super duper multi-tasking phone available. Your upgrade price..$20.00. Wow !!! what a deal, at least that’s how it appears.
Now you go to get your super duper phone, and the pleasant and knowledgeable sales person tells you that in order to use your phone, you will need to make a few small changes to your monthly billing.
First, you must have data. How can you even receive email without the “Data” Plan. How much is it…only $15 per month for a bazzilion gigabits. Hmmm…ok, well I have to have it, and it’s only $15, why not. (Side note, if you use up your bazzilion gigabit allotment, there is a small $2 per bazzilion gigabits charge, plus a $35 overage fee). You might want to step up the the 2 bazzilion gigabits super saver plan for only $27 per month to avoid any possible overages.
Next, you are offered insurance. To replace your phone if it’s lost, stolen, falls in the lake or the super touch screen gets a big ugly crack down the middle of it. Cost : $7.00 per month. Nothing wrong with that, $7.00 to insure my $900 phone. Yes definitely. If you don’t ask, they won’t tell you, but there is also a $200 deductible to replace/fix your phone.
Speaking of lost phones, they also have a service so that if you loose your phone, you can go to any web browser and log in to the Find Your Super Phone and you will see where you left it at. That is VERY handy, since it would save me the $200 to replace my lost phone. Cost: $1.50 per month. That’s nothing, loose change.
This goes on and on..$2.00 here, $1.50 here…surcharge, data use tax, provisioning cost…*sigh*
So you’ve stepped through every dish available in the cafeteria now, some things you must have or the phone won’t even work. Some things you have because it will help you be more efficient. Some things you have because it just seemed they would be useful.
You finally walk out of the store with your super duper new phone. You get your next bill from your service provider, open it, and to your surprise, your super duper $20 phone, now has doubled your monthly bill.
This type of service offering run rampant with service providers, it’s all a slow boil to you, the consumer.
Now to the point of this conversation. Hunter Grey Hosting will never, ever try to nickel and dime our customers. When you purchase hosting services from us, you get everything you need to host your website and email. PERIOD
I would love to say that previous comment in the purest of terms. That of course meaning, if you needed ANYTHING you wanted it’s still the same monthly fee. There a few things we just can’t give away: New Website Designs, Unusual Storage Requirements, Professional writing services and of course Search Engine Optimization. These are all things that are separate from monthly hosting. With only a few and understandable exceptions, your getting exactly what you need without 50 “addons”.
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