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Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 12:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
I subscribe to ancestry.co.uk as a world member by monthly automated payment and would potentially like to purchase FTM to use offline and for projects.

I do not own a previous version of FTM and I have absolutely NO interest in paying through the nose for this software purely to obtain "free" months of a lesser subscription (ie. Essentials, or UK only when I already have a rolling sub for world access).

Is there no way to buy a downloadable copy of FTM to use with my rolling contract without being obliged to purchase unwanted subscriptions for ancestry.co.uk? I pay £18.99 every month and thats essentially the entire cost of an upgrade version of FTM14/half the cost of the Regular edition...

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 1:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Am I missing something. Six months at £18.99 costs £113.94 the World edition of FTM2014 costs £99.99 from the ancestry shop and includes six months of World. So to you the software is free and you save £13.95 on your subscription.

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 1:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
That's certainly true, but if I wanted to pay for my sub upfront and at a cheaper rate, I would do so by paying annually not monthly which achieves the same result.

Frankly I don't have that amount of money lying around, but it is evident that what we are paying for here is really the subscription and not the software - hence the different packages for different subscription levels. It is in effect the software that is "free" and being bundled in with a subscription deal and not the other way around. There is no difference between the different levels of FTM package other than the attached sub.

Ancestry already has my sub, I am committed to membership and especially as the software is now available as a download I would prefer an option where I can have a surcharge added to my running sub one month to pay for it, rather than paying up front for six months membership.

Clearly they are making money from new subscribers through this, but I find it decidedly odd that there is no option to purchase the software as a standalone.

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 3:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
If you do purchase FTM with the six months you should be able to call in and they should add the six months to the end of your current subscription there extending it before you would have to renew. Worth checking into.

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 3:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think this is likely the way forward. I am just loathe to in essence pay upfront for 6 months of membership purely because I want to buy some software. Ancestry should come clean - it's the months we are paying for not the software.

I love the Ancestry app on my phone and tablet (which are free). Nobody is making me pay for subs to use this but the app would be fairly useless if I hadn't taken out a sub. Maybe the makers of FTM might want to adopt a similar model?

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 8:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
In the usa when we buy it we only get a 14 day free subscription, for the basic program
which is not worth me callen in on lol. Guess they don't offer that over their.

Re: Do I really need to pay for unwanted "free" subscription to get FTM 2014?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 10:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
You can download or use the FTM 2014 without adding onto your current subscription. Just exit out of that screen when you register the software.

Barbara
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