Thursday, October 24, 2013
Yesterday I tried to download the Fitness and nutrition tracker app for mobile phones – and kept being asked for $3.95. Not a huge price – BUT – to pay that $3.95 it is necessary to pay Google Play and they only accept a credit card or their gift cards, no PayPal Facilities.
1 – There is NO notice on the Sparkpeople page you get the app, about the app that was advertised as free, now being charged for - however when I messaged, Coach Jen answered that it is now $3.95 to get as they say they made some "improvements" but I have also heard that the reviews aren't so good and that people have seen very little change!!
2 – I have not seen a notice or blog saying that Sparkpeople have changed the conditions for this app.
3 – To have to give a credit card number to Google is a real problem (they only take credit cards) – they may be a huge company but they have no sense of personal privacy or security –they even have made it so they can read your Gmail messages and use what ever they like as advertising – so they can take a picture of your weight loss that you send to a friend in a gmail and sell that to a company that makes “magic pills” and you have no say in the matter!!
And we are expected to give this company our credit card number and details!! I value my credit card too much for that!!
4 – yes I could use a Google Play gift card – however they are not generally available in country areas of Australia – and I can’t get one!!
5 – I see that you can also get the app through Amazon – BUT you need an account – and again they only take credit cards – not PayPal
I have once used a credit card in a large USA company – and it was compromised – the bank caught it – but that is hardly the point – the fuss to get a new one was really not worth the item purchased!!
And its not only that your bank account can be cleaned out – but you can have your identity stolen too – and that can cause a very real problem!!
I am annoyed because I just got a smartphone – my first – and I wanted the tracker, not for my use, I have a computer, but because I am often out talking to people about weight loss and healthy eating – and as we all know tracking is very important part of this – I wanted to show the tracker and get more members – Spread the Spark!!
Since I cannot get the app to show – and since “My Fitness Pall” app is free – I will obviously be recommending that one to them – so Sparkpeople have lost all that “spark spreading”!!