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SERVICE: Is Microsoft charging for Windows Live Mobile Messenger soon? [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 09.01.08 - 13:51:44 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15555x
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I'm not sure if this is the reason why Windows Live Mobile Messenger continues to fail working proper for some Windows Mobile users, as reported before Christmas, but over at MoDaCo, users reports of a new message they see if the use Windows Live Mobile Messenger from their Windows Mobile devices, noticing the following:

"Hello! Starting today, your 30 day trial period beings. By selecting OK you acknowledge that your use of Windows Live services continues to be subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement. Data charges from your mobile operator, including roaming fees may apply for using the Windows Live services. At the conclusion of this trial, you will be given the option to purchase a 30 day pass.":

So far I've never heard of a Windows Live trial period but it seems to exist, as Microsoft says under 7.4 of its Windows Live Terms and Conditions:

7.4 Trial Period Offers. You may have received a limited time of free service or some other trial period offer. Unless we notify you otherwise, if you are participating in any trial period offer, you must cancel the service by the end of the trial period to avoid incurring charges. If you do not cancel your service, and we have informed you that the service will automatically be converted into a paid subscription at the end of the trial period, then you authorize us to charge your payment method for the service.

Interesting enough that 7.4 doesn't exists in the German Terms and Conditions?

Have you seen the same trial period message on your device? If so, let us know in the comments bellow - together with information about your device, network and country. If you was able to snap a screenshot, please let me know.

UPDATE: I've dropped my contacts at Microsoft an E-Mail and expect to get a feedback from Microsoft soon. Stay tuned for more information.

UPDATE: Okay, we have an official feedback from Microsoft's Windows Live department and this says, that Windows Mobile users shouldn't seen this trial notice yet but Nokia S60 users in the UK and Sweden only:

"This week we rolled out a direct-to-consumer billing service for the Windows Live client on select Nokia S60 handsets in Sweden and the UK. Although we are considering doing the same at a future time for Windows Mobile, this has not been implemented. Windows Mobile customers shouldn't have seen any notifications of a 30-day trial and we are working to correct this. Traditionally, customers have been billed by their mobile operators for many of these services, either directly or through their data package."

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Comments
Posted by Fuller on 09.01.08 - 14:35:10

Microsoft, don't rip me off! If you start charging me, I will immediately switch to Yahoo, also on my PC! Better think twice!!!

Posted by Edmund Sackbauer on 09.01.08 - 20:19:14

There are enough free solutions on the market.
Best is using something open source clients like Jabber which connect to multiple protocols like ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and so on.

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.01.08 - 20:24:35

Not if this is server based... sad

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