This is for those doing flatshares.
I've a LAN line at home that is used by 4 housemates inc me.
I use the phone quite little, so my call charges are usually half of what I have to pay for the connection/service fees itself. That bothers me a bit because it feels like I'm paying excess, even though technically I'm not.
Does everyone in a flatshare usually split the connection charges evenly, or does anyone know of a way to split it such that those who use it less are not "short-changed".
I think it's best to accept that you're going to have to split the charges evenly, otherwise you could end up getting into a horrible mess deciding 'who has used what' - I remember trying to do this once, and it ended in tears.
Oh, yuck. house sharing hassles. I am so glad I only share with my boyfriend and daughter now.
Whether u split the cost evenly or whether u only pay for the share u use, there will be problems.
So the problem u are talking about is paying for the line, rather than the calls each of u make.
In that case, I would leave things the way they are. It seems like way too much trouble to assess what percentage of the total each of u should pay, in this case.
Well the calls that each person makes is pretty straightforward becos on the bill, each call that is made is logged. So we onlyhave to check it with our address book. It's the connection charges that bug me.
AH guess splitting it evenly is the easiest way out.
You should split the fixed component of the bill on a pro-rata basis based on the number of phone calls each person has made.
eg. line rental is 15 pounds
Person 1 makes 10 calls
Person 2 makes 20 calls
Person 3 makes 30 calls
Total calls = 60.
15 pounds / 60 = 25 pence
Person 1 pays 10 x 25 pence = 2 pounds 50 pence
Person 2 pays 20 x 25 pence = 5 pounds
Person 3 pays 30 x 25 pence = 7 pounds 50 pence
Total = 15 pounds.
Do the same as above but based on the cost of each person's phone calls as a percentage of the total cost of calls.
Person 1 phone call costs = 15 pounds
Person 2 phone call costs = 25 pounds
Person 3 phone call costs = 30 pounds
Total phone call costs = 70 pounds
Person 1 pays 15/70 x 15 pounds line rental = 3 pounds 22 pence
Person 2 pays 25/70 x 15 pounds line rental = 5 pounds 36 pence
Person 3 pays 30/70 x 15 pounds line rental = 6 pounds 43 pence
Total = 15 pounds
Buy yourself a mobile phone.
I tend to diagree with James first 2 calculation options.They don't seem fair to your roommated for you not to cover your equal share...... The way I figure it, if you "opt in" and have ANY use of the phone, you should share the connection charge equally.
If you lived alone you would be responsible for ALL of it, regardless of how much you use the phone, so think of it as a good deal that you have others taking up part of that amount- and your total connection fee is lower than it would be otherwise...
Your own calls are and should be separate, but the connection should be shared..
Now if you want to "opt out' and not make or receive any calls on that line- get a cell phone and avoid the bother altogether....