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8th December 2008, 09:12 PM
can anyone decipher these in laymans terms?

i've usually been a 'cap' man for years and all this my time my bonus my money makes zero sense to me!

If anyones on one can you explain how and what these terms all mean without confubalating moi?

taa thanks

8th December 2008, 09:18 PM
Just shut up and pay.
You aren't supposed to understand it.

8th December 2008, 09:26 PM
Kind of. Each of the different types is called a partition, and each prepaid plan has rules about what types of usage are deducted from what partition (and in what order). There are three different types (that I can think of): messaging, money and data. So if you are on a plan where a recharge gets you a certain number of SMS, you get a balance of "x" SMS added to that partition. When you send an SMS, it gets deducted from that balance. If you have a money balance, it's for a specific type of usage, e.g calls. When you make a call, the cost of that call (at the rates for that plan) is deducted from that balance.

As an example, here's my balance (it's a prepaid wireless broadband account).

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You can see there's very little cash balance (i.e the MyCredit and RevUp Data) but there's tons of Connect N' Go data. I also got a bonus 15% in data for recharging online (I think it was listed under MyData) and that was used up first before I started using the Connect N' Go.

So, in short: difficult to understand, even for someone who works there. But generally, anything you get as a "bonus" tends to get used first. Everything else is just an allowance of usage which is deducted bit by bit. If it's a usage type that isn't a feature of the plan (e.g if I were to make a phone call on this SIM) then it gets deducted from the actual cash balance and depletes it very quickly.

edit: actually, decryption's answer was far more succinct.

8th December 2008, 09:55 PM
edit: actually, decryption's answer was far more succinct.

You tried Toby, that's the main thing :)

8th December 2008, 10:04 PM
Just shut up and pay.
You aren't supposed to understand it.


8th December 2008, 10:10 PM

JHC I feel like i'm sitting on a porthole sometimes....