For a month I’ve had Boron LTE and competitor both uploading over cellular at my same remote site.
For September, for the Boron LTE, I uploaded about 20mb of data. (Frustratingly it appears the console doesn’t let me see past usage). This was apparently free because of a 3-month free trial, but it will cost $3 + 17*.4 = $9.8/month afterwards
For September, for the competitor, I uploaded about 15mb of data. This cost me only $4, less than half the eventual Particle cost, and even that seems to be a rounded-up billing.
The competitor charges $3/month for 5mb and then $0.10/mb beyond that. However confusingly my bill from the competitor actually shows even better (a $1 refill gets me “20mb” of data, which is only $0.05/mb!)
I like Particle and would stick around, but how can Particle expect me to do so when their LTE as actually implemented side-by-side in the field is far more expensive?
My sensors must without question upload 20-25mb per month and that is non-negotiable.
Does anybody know if Particle has intentions to lower the price to match competition? Thank you.
(BTW - the competitor’s product uses a BG96 modem with 2G fallback from LTE, and has had better up-time than the Boron despite being mounted at this particular site with a far worse external antenna. The Boron at this site has a $200 extreme quality marine grade high-gain cell antenna and currently has been offline since October 8th, whereas the competitor is currently faithfully connected and uploading).