Free trials can end up being anything but

I took out a free three-day trial with a US company called Speechify, which converts text into speech so you can listen to articles instead of reading them. As someone who likes to learn on the go, I wanted to see whether this technology would work for me.

It didn’t, so I cancelled my subscription via my Apple account well within the trial period.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I received a notification from my bank three days later telling me Speechify had deducted £105.64 from my account to pay for an annual subscription… More here.

It’s far too easy to miss small payments at times, but I have experienced companies who seem to work on expecting a certain percentage of people to not notice such things. They are called scumbags.

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  1. It’s the “instant sign up but go through hoops to cancel” stuff that I find annoys me most. Also applies to mobile companies who allow you to sign up on a wish, but insist you cancel by phone (so they can try and convince you to stay).

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