Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Managing Your Customer’s Tariff Choice: What to Do When Your Customers Pay too Much

Lambrecht, Anja
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Pages: 17 - 23
ISSN-Print: 1865-5866
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2009

Telecommunications companies traditionally offer several tariffs from which their customers can choose the tariff that best suits their preferences. Yet, customers sometimes make choices that are not optimal for them because they do not minimize their bill for a certain usage amount. We show in this paper that companies should be very concerned about choices in which customers pick tariffs that are too small for them because they lead to a significant increase in customers churn. In contrast, this is not the case if customers choose tariffs that are too big for them. The reason is that in particular flat-rates provide customers with the additional benefit that they guarantee a constant bill amount that consumption can be enjoyed more freely because all costs are already accounted for.