I think there is a lot of confusion and suspicion about this “Usage Plan.” People think
maybe it’s some sort of a subscription “correction service” but it’s not.
As I understand it, the “Usage Plan” is really more of a “Licensing Fee” to use the product.
An unfortunate marketing decision. Rather than incorporate the costs of development
into the price, they separately charge extra just to use the device. Their hope is to make the
hardware so cheap everyone will buy it, but then they’ll recoup some of the R&D fees through
this licensing (or Usage) fee. I kind of understand this, but dislike it none-the-less.
Without paying the “Usage Plan” the device will not work (or rather, I think it will work as a
standard low-accuracy GPS receiver, but not the high-accuracy RTK capability.)
I understand that many people are suspicious, and dislike the idea of a subscription service.
They would like to buy something, and truly feel they own it, and don’t have to spend any more
money. Many software packages (Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) are
now not really selling their software, they just license it on a monthly or yearly basis. And it’s not
popular for some end users. And there’s the feeling that buyers don’t really own the device, and
the company at any time can disable it through software, or a “glitch” will lose their registration
codes, and it’ll stop working. I’ve had many software packages where the registration somehow
got corrupt, and I had to pay again to get a new one.
I, as a potential customer, would have preferred that they would have included a free 1 month of Usage
with each purchase, so we can try it out, and see if it really works. There are absolutely ZERO
independent reviews or evaluations comparing the Alpha to the competition, so we’re all worried it’ll
be like the hundreds of other poorly implemented RTK products which have been introduced in the
last 2 years, which couldn’t get a Fixed solution no matter what we tried. That will make most buyers
wait until independent reviews are written, to see if it really works, and how it compares to the other
Then after the free month of Usage, if it really works, we’d all be eager to buy the long-term usage plan
Correct me if the above is incorrect, but I’ve seen the Usage Fee explained many times, as simply what
a great value it is, without explaining what it is.