Wednesday I blogged about yourfreeiphone.com, and how I am practically SURE it is NOT A SCAM; so here’s a quick update. I didn’t mention in my previous post that I filled out the Stamps.com offer. Basically, a subscription to Stamps.com costs $15.95 and mainly allows you to print postage from your own computer (you do this by downloading their software on your computer). It’s pretty pointless if you ask me unless you own a large business and are shipping packages of varying costs frequently. But for a regular guy like me who sends regular mail, and occasionally sends a large package, it seems pretty pointless because I can just go to my neighborhood Post Office and they’ll print postage for me. STILL, that’s the whole point of a trial right? To see if I like it. Stamps.com officially has 1 month to convince me! This is where it gets interesting.
According to YourFreeiPhone.com: “To receive credit (for Stamps.com), you must register for a 4 week trial, install, and print postage. Must remain a member for a minimum of 21 days to retain credit.”
My initial plan was to just register for the trial on Stamps.com and check it out, not expecting any charges. So, yesterday, I check my bank account… LO and BEHOLD, they have already charged me the service fee of $15!! I immediately go to stamps.com to re-read the terms and conditions. My eyes are drawn to this line: FOR THE MONTHLY SERVICE PLAN AND THE TERM PLAN, THE FIRST MONTH IS NOT A FREE MONTH AND SUCH MONTH IS BILLED TO YOU.
DID I JUST GET SCAMMED?? I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!
Well, NO, I didn’t get scammed. I immediately called Stamps.com and the $15 charge was only the authorization for the monthly service fee and is pending the month trial. I’m still going to check out the service and see if it’s good for me. Quick note on the Stamps.com offer: The conditions state you have to register for the trial, install the software, and print postage. When you register for the trial, they actually give you $5 in postage. So I’m going to print out the postage and see if the service works for me. The terms also say: “All free postage shall expire and be deemed forfeited upon cancellation of your Stamps.com account.”
I maintain the fact that YourFreeiPhone.com is not a scam. All the offers are not truly “free,” but the Stamps one looks ok and is probably worth the trial run. And even if you end up being charged $15, you get $5 in postage, so the net loss is only $10, which is worth it for a FREE iPHONE.
Stop being so skeptical and get with it! Sign up!