Many subscription plans include additional charges for usage. Cell phone plans typically include 'free' minutes in the monthly subscription plan, and then charge per minute for extra usage. CRM systems allow access for a fixed number of users, and charge for any additional logins. And many B2B purchasing agreements provide discounts for volume purchases. (watch video)
Three key controls are provided:
- Reset determines whether the usage counters get reset to zero each billing cycle, or not.
- Charge Type determines when the costs are charged to the customer account (in advance, in arrears, or as the usage is incurred).
- Metering Type defines the volume pricing schemes - Standard, Tiered, Volume, Stairstep.
Fusebill Usage Based Pricing - Standard Volume
- Tiered Metering applies different pricing to each volume tier (e.g., the first 10 are free, the next 10 are $1, and any others are $0.50).
- Volume Metering determines the unit price from the defined pricing tiers, and applies that unit price to all volumes. (In contrast, Tiered metering applies a different price to each tier.) For example, for fewer than 10 units the price is $200 per unit; for 11-20 the price is $150 per unit; for purchases above 20 units the price per unit is $100.
Stairstep metering creates a fixed price for a range of volumes, and is often used when pricing the 'number of users'. For example, $100 for up to 10 users, $200 for up to 20 users, $500 for more than 20 users.