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Question: Which API type do you prefer?
pay-per-use, anonymous, no registration - 2 (40%)
Registered and prepaid - 1 (20%)
Both should be offered - 2 (40%)
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October 21, 2011, 08:47:55 AM
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I am working on http://txt4coins.net and asking myself what kind of API you would prefer.
Basically there are two options:

Pay-per-use:
  • no registration required
  • no pre-payment necessary
  • you only pay what you really need
  • requires more complex logic on your side as you always need 2 steps: Submit message, pay message
  • no risk on your side in case site is shut down as there is no pre-payment
  • no way to implement a volume discount

Prepaid:
  • Registration required
  • You need to charge your account before you can send a message
  • Simple logic on your side - Only one step necessary to send a message
  • possibility of volume discounts
  • risk on your side to get your prepaid coins back in case site is shut down

Currently implemented is the pay-per-use approach as I think it fits the bitcoin-model best. (Check out http://txt4coins.net/betatest/api/ for an API description). However it means a more complex workflow for anybody using it due to the 2-step approach, so for easy adoption the old-school prepaid method would be better?



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October 21, 2011, 12:07:39 PM
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pay-per use is the only sensible way to go in my eyes.

Would you consider a type of business rates for individuals who wanted pay for mobile services via text? (eg. bulk)
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October 21, 2011, 01:48:59 PM
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pay-per use is the only sensible way to go in my eyes.

Would you consider a type of business rates for individuals who wanted pay for mobile services via text? (eg. bulk)

Yeah, this is also my personal opinion.
I am currently working on a bulk message implementation so you can send the same message to an arbitrary amount of recipients. In this scenario a volume discount should be possible. But i think this is not what you meant?

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