moderated Re: Will SMA's continue, was RE: Freedom Scientific Software Sale

Vaughan Dodd <vdodd001@...>

I know that my reply to this is coming late, and maybe things have moved on.


I live in New Zealand, and my dealer has advised that there is no advice regarding this. I have purchased my SMA feeling a bit pressured by the discussion on the list. (Nobody’s fault though) as it is Freedom Scientific Vispero sparked speculation.


It is possible to imagine a period in my computer usage behaviour beyond  JAWS so two years of license ownership suffices for me at present.







From: <> On Behalf Of Jim Weiss via
Sent: Wednesday, 7 July 2021 7:58 am
Subject: Re: Will SMA's continue, was RE: Freedom Scientific Software Sale



I am not Richard, but Eric is at the NFB Convention this week and I am sorry to say but the response hasn’t changed much.  “They are still working on making the subscription model available outside of the U.S>”.



Jim Weiss



On Jul 6, 2021, at 3:50 PM, David Diamond <Daviddiamond2019@...> wrote:


Richard, if you have an occasion to email Eric again, could you ask him if he has any date as to when sales like below will be offered to Canadians?  The subscriptions to JAWS have been around for years, yet Canadians still have to purchase the SMA rather then going the subscription route. Time and time again the response is, “It will be available in Canada eventually.”  This reminds me of a phrase decades ago.  “Some of you are thinking about … and next year you will still be thinking about it.”  


From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: July 6, 2021 5:49 AM
Subject: Will SMA's continue, was RE: Freedom Scientific Software Sale


IN response to Gerald’s statement below, I wrote Eric Damery directly on Sunday, July 4, and received a response today.

Here is my question to him:


Good morning, or afternoon; whenever you read this,

On one of the Jaws lists, the issue of to SMA or not to SMA has been coming up because of the sale.


It is being said that the SMA is going to be faded out and everyone wil be forced into the annual license.


Is that true?


Here is his response:


Hi Richard,


Not at all. There are currently two options and I expect that to continue.


If you are in ILM and current, maintaining a two year SMA is an option today. $150 is retail and you can get it during the show for $120. Pretty good deal.

For those who have let their license lapse, or don't own one, than paying annually with the Portal solution will likely be less expensive and thousands of customers have gone that direction.




From: <> On Behalf Of Gerald Levy via
Sent: Sunday, July 4, 2021 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom Scientific Software Sale



Eventually, the SMA option is expected to be phased out, and all JAWS users will be switched to the annual subscription option, which will be more profitable for Freedom Scientific.





On 7/4/2021 9:13 AM, Marie wrote:

If you have the SMA, why in the world would you switch to an annual subscription?



On 7/3/2021 1:24 PM, William Vandervest wrote:

If I have a SMA with no upgrades, how do I determine when it will expire, and if I purchase a Home Annual Licence, will it start immediately, or at the time my SMA expires?




William Vandervest

Win10 latest revision


There are none so blind, as those who will not see.


William Vandervest




From: [] On Behalf Of Mike B
Sent: Saturday, July 3, 2021 12:06
To: JList
Subject: Freedom Scientific Software Sale


----- Original Message -----



New post on Freedom Scientific Blog 


Take Advantage of our Software Discounts
Elizabeth Whitaker


Freedom Scientific is offering a 20 percent discount on software for customers living in the U.S. With the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2021
National Convention right around the corner, there’s no better time to purchase a new software license or renew an existing one.


Home Annual License


Receive a 20 percent discount when purchasing a new Home Annual license of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion. Visit the 
Home Annual page of the Freedom Scientific e-store to purchase your license. You will not need a code to receive this discount. It will be automatically applied upon purchase.


If you already have a Home Annual license and want to renew it, log into the 
Freedom Scientific Licensing Portal,


and select Renew. The discount is automatically applied to your purchase. The renewal term you choose will be added onto the end of your existing license
no matter where you are in your current term.


Home ILM Upgrades and SMAs


If you have a Home Internet License Manager (ILM) and need to purchase an upgrade or add a software maintenance agreement (SMA), the same 20 percent discount
applies. Visit the 
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Currently, OpenBook software for home use is specially priced at $195.00, but you can get this price only by calling Freedom Scientific Customer Service
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Pro Licenses


If you have purchased a Pro license for JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion for use at home, you can receive a 20 percent discount when purchasing an upgrade and/or
SMA. Contact Customer Service at 800-444-4443 to receive this discount. The 20 percent discount will apply to the Pro software upgrades and SMAs for users
who want to keep their Pro licenses rather than switching to home licenses.


Vispero NFB Event Page


Visit the 
Vispero NFB Event


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join us at the 2021 NFB National Convention!


Elizabeth Whitaker
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