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Vaughan, all this flowery talk about subscriptions verses SMA, is, nice for Americans. However, you and I could never take advantage of any of it because we do not live in the U S. The explanation seemed to be from
Visparo and Freedom before that was, they are working on making the subscription available to ones outside the U S. However, With the expediency that they seem to be moving on this venture, 2025 is not an unreasonable year as to when they may or may not have
subscriptions available to non U S citizens. Especially when you factor in that they’ve been working on this query for years litteraryly.
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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.
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>”.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
There are none so blind, as those who will not see.
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