[quote=“melih, post:10, topic:199684”][quote=“Sammy2, post:1, topic:199684”]The new team at Vera seems to have set out on quite a project to overhaul the system. Without a LOT of new unit sales, I’m not so sure they can finance all this. Shall we expect a monthly fee based system going forward? Will we have to pay for each major f/w release or then only be able to stick to the one we’re on?
Questions I have that seem unanswered in all the fanfare.[/quote]
Everything has a cost of ownership!
You can either pay $200 upfront for hardware or pay $few dollars a month…can i give hardware, software, cloud services for free…No…Can I reduce your overall cost…Yes!
As to what models…first of all, happy for you to pay me upfront all these monies (whatever you are paying now)…but i think its not a good model…
here is what i want…
Reduce the cost of hardware…
Create a proper platform for developers so that they can write proper applications and services (not just integration with devices we should have integrated out of box!!!) and push that in our appstore…
This way, we get a continuous revenue stream, You the user get access to very cheap home automation and use it for free and only pay if you use a service that you think is valuable to you, therefore creating an ecosystem for developers as well.
Is it a short term business model. No.
Are we committed to make this happen, you bet your bottom dollar!
We are working on such an exciting projects with ecosystem creating all sort of new applications/services that has huge value to end users, it will unlock the next stage of automation…We are here to catch the next wave…[/quote]
Could you please claify the following:
- Will all monthly payment options be just that - optional?
- Will my current Vera Plus maintain all the functions I bought it with, without a monthly fee?
- Following the previous question - Will it maintain its offline functionality?
I am one of the crowd who really prefers the one time payment model, as there is a significant point to knowing that the setup theoretically can run for years uninterupted by things like payment issues or other external factors.
I can fully understand (and even pay for) some optional functions at additional cost, but preferrably a one time cost. I would even consider buying some good functions at a montly fee, but there is a huge difference between having the option, and beeing forced to pay for it because it’s integral functionality.
This last thing is something i think would drive a lot of people here away, as that is not the concept they (we) bought in to…