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Gotcha. But Eric Damery, who has been posting about this new pricing
arrangement on another JAWS mailing list, claims that it is cheaper than the SMA
arrangement. How is this possible? Under the SMA arrangement, let’s
calculate the cost for upgrading to JAWS 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. By my
calculation, the SMA route would cost $240, $120 for JAWS 2019 and 2020, and
another $120 for JAWS 2021 and 2022. Under the licensing arrangement, the
cost would be $90 for each version of JAWS for a total of $360 for versions
2019, 2020,2021 and 2022. Over the long run, the new licensing arrangement
would be much more expensive. And what is the advantage of taking out a 5
year license, which would cost $450 versus buying a new license each year for
$90 a year? There is no discount for paying in advance. Suppose you
pay for a 5 year license, and Vispero goes belly up in two years? Then
you’re totally screwed because there would probably be no way to obtain a refund
for the years you have not yet used up. Don’t think Vispero could ever go
out of business? Think again. It has happened in the past.
Companies that sell products for the blind suddenly go under without notice and
leave their customers in the lurch. And with more and more JAWS users
jumping to NVDA, and the fact that Vispero is essentially increasing the cost of
upgrading JAWS every year, they could certainly tick off enough customers to go
the way of GW Micro, Optalek and other companies that have bitten the
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2018 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
From what I have read, as well as listened to from Freedom
scientific staff and podcast, it would cost you $90 and it would be that
recurring charge each year to keep a current license to have jaws installed and
up to three computers.
I’m confused. Suppose I wanted to upgrade from JAWS 16,
which is the version I am currently using, to JAWS 2019. Are you saying
that under the new licensing arrangement I would only have to pay $90
for the upgrade, versus about $480 if I went the SMA route? Or would I
have to pay $270 to cover JAWS versions 17,18, and 2018, on top of the $90 for
JAWS 2019? Please clarify.
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2018 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
I think this is also an offer which would
make it much less expensive for somebody who didn’t keep their SMA up-to-date
to get current on Jaws. If, for example, somebody was still on Jaws 16 or even
earlier they would have to pay several hundreds of Dollars to get current and
then another $120 for the SMA. This way they can just subscribe for $90 a year
and they are done. What I haven’t figured out yet is if this also applies for
new Jaws users, e.g. if you don’t have Jaws at all, can you just pay $90 a
year and download/use the latest version of Jaws and as long as you keep you
rsubscription active then you can continue to do so? If so then this really is
a good option for new Jaws users because instead of paying $900 or whatever
Jaws costs + the cost of future SMA’s they would djust pay $90 a year. After
10 years you would have paid $900 which is I believe what Jaws Home costs, if
you had bought it for $900 and then you would buy 5 SMA’s at $120/each you
would have paid $1,500 after 10 years so if you are a new Jaws user then $90 a
year really is a very reasonable price and who knows what happens in 5 or 6
let alpong 8 or 10 years, maybe Jaws won’t exist any more as such, maybe
Microsoft buys them out and it gets merged with Narrator into Microsoft and
becomes free, I certainly wouldn’t bet on Jaws being the leading screenreader
in 10 years any more.
It sounds like it would be a bit more flexible since you don't have to
fight with the activation as much if you use a lot of different computers, but
otherwise it looks like a way to generate more revenue. I just renewed
my SMa, they will have a little while longer to wait for my extra
On 11/1/2018 20:53, cecropia64 wrote:
seems to me that this new system is going to be more expensive by a
lot.ï¿½ With a sma, you are only paying sixty dollars a year.ï¿½ But if the
prices quoted are correct, you'll be paying ninety dollars a year and it
goes up from there.ï¿½ What is the purpose of this?ï¿½
On 11/1/2018 9:21 PM, Tom Behler
It seems to
me that this new system will replace the older SMA system.
I do have
one concern, though.
$90 a year
doesnï¿½t seem to be that great of a deal, since back in 2016, I got two
years of Jaws for $120, as long as I purchased the license by December
Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:20 AM
Re: Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
you get this info?
because the explanation seemed to end in mid sentence.
to get the full explanation of the various Jaws home options if
Stay current with the latest version of JAWS, the world's most popular
screen reader, with an affordable, annual license now available for home
users in the United States. Choose between a one-, three-,
or five-year option, with the ability to easily renew your
license at the end of your initial term.
With a JAWS Home Annual license you will always have the most
up-to-date version of JAWS, and will not have to pay for an upgrade to get
new versions when they release ï¿½ you have access to all upgrades
released during your license term. Having access to new versions of JAWS
as they become available is essential to ensure the ability to use your
computer with the continuous updates of Microsoft Windowsï¿½, Microsoft
Officeï¿½, your browser, and other applications you may
After purchasing your JAWS Home Annual license, you will receive an
email with instructions and a link to register on the Freedom Scientific
Licensing Portal, which allows you to access and manage your software
licenses, and provides a simple way to install and activate your software.
Your license can be installed on up to 3 of your computers and using the
portal, you can easily remove your license from one computer and put it on
a new one later.
When registering on the Licensing Portal, make sure to use the same
email address you used to purchase your license; if you have already
registered from previous purchases, simply select the link you receive and
sign in ï¿½ your license will be available.
JAWS Home is intended for use by end-users for personal, non-commercial
use only and runs on all currently supported versions of the Windows
operating system. Refer
Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:53 AM
Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
I have been
reading bits and pieces of info, but canï¿½t seem to find a nice concise
summary of the new Jaws annual home license that apparently is now
available with the release of Jaws 2019.
Jaws 2019 is
the last Jaws upgrade on my SMA, so I will need to do something to renew
it at some point.
now, Iï¿½ve renewed my Jaws Home SMA for a two-year period for
If there now
is a more economical way to do this, Iï¿½d certainly love to learn about
Behler from Michigan