Posts Tagged ‘free’

Sep 16, 2014

Do Not Use FreedomPop: It’s a Scam!!!

By Chongchen Saelee

Man o man, what a rip-off. FreedomPop, a company that supposedly offers FREE INTERNET AND PHONE service to unsuspecting customers sounds too good to be true, right? Duh. And it fooled me, so it’ll fool you. But now I’m doing my part to tell you to avoid these scam artists!

To be fair, they aren’t legally scammers. Morally and ethically, yeah, I’m going to back my words and say FreedomPop is a shady and scammy company. And that’s why it’s infuriating.

FreedomPop’s hardware works. It’s software works. It’s service works. But all of that comes only via scammy tactics to get you to buy certain packages and certain hardware and in only certain regions. So if you’re not well-versed in any of the technology, the legalese, the lingo, the marketing deception and fine print, they’re going to pocket your money.

And here’s my personal experience:

I just got $39.99 refunded back to me. But that’s not the whole refund. They actually swindled from me $46.98 in the beginning. That’s the total cost of their refurbished Sierra Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro + shipping and handling (and not to mention the $16 it took me to UPS an RMA request of that POS back to them). If you do the math, they didn’t reimburse me for shipping and handling, but they did reimburse me for the full price of the hotspot. Good for them. But that’s only because I made it clear I wanted a FULL REFUND and not to pocket a $10 reshelving/restocking fee. You’d probably get hooked with that one if you didn’t read their fine print. And thank goodness some other poor sap who got duped blogged about that because I wouldn’t have known.

Anyway, like the other complaints, the first clue that FreedomPop was shady was when you first sign up how long it took for you to receive your hotspot. And their marketing is extra deceptive. You’re made to think that if you get this hotspot device, you will automagically get access to you FREE data usage. And that’s not the case.

The Overdrive Pro is a 3G/4G device. And if you didn’t know anything about the differences between 3G, 4G, 4G WiMax, 4G LTE, which are all different protocols of wireless technology, then you’d mistakenly think 4G ecompasses all 4G-tagged technologies, which is not the case. This damn Overdrive Pro only supports 3G+4G! And where I live, we ONLY HAVE 4G LTE. So to my dumbfounded surprise, booting up that puck, I learn I don’t have 4G access and it’s trying to connect to 3G the entire time.

And of course, there is no 3G in my area. Thus, no FREE INTERNET OR PHONE SERVICE.

You can access the Internet but only their website so you can login. That’s how you know it works. You login and the first thing they bombard you with is that you need to buy their 3G/4G montly package to utilize your “free” data. Shady as fuck.

YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR 3G/4G monthly package to use their service. Essentially, you have to pay to take advantage of their “free data” giveaway. Those non-tangible megabytes and gigabytes of data they make up is what hooks our greed into their service. It could be ANY made up number: kajillion bytes free data, infinity bytes free data. But unless you have the proper hardware and software, it’s moot, isn’t it? And they already got your money. And they’ll hold onto your money with their grubby hands until you beg and plead with them to return it. But only after you request an RMA return and refund for your obsolete device.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN CASE YOU HAVE THE ITCH TO SIGN UP, BUT I RECOMMEND AVOIDING AT ALL COSTS:

-When you are first registering, their graphical interface is intentionally meant to be confusing, putting the words FREE next to and actually PAID package, and having the actual FREE package unchecked to begin with.
-Keep an eye on all the pre-checked checkboxes for fine-print nickel-and-dime services. After you ordered your service package and hardware, there is a pre-selected service to carry over your unused data. They’ll charge you for that monthly. And they can do that legally because they put that in their fine print, so you’re left looking like a dumbass while they pocket your money, which you legally owe them for being an ignorant dumbass. Got it?
-There was also a pre-selected “auto top off” feature. Essentially, if you were about to reach your 500MB free data cap, they’d automatically “refill” it for you, but now charging you for subscribing to a monthly service.
-There was also a “maintenance” fee that they charged unsuspecting user if they didn’t use at least 5MB of their free data. But by the time I signed up, too many complaints were filed, so the company discontinued that feature. Woo-hoo, thanks, FreedomPop for being so generous and transparent.

And you give them your credit card information this whole friggin’ time for a supposedly FREE service. Who knows what kind of shit that can start charging you with?

Moral of the story:

AVOID FREEDOMPOP. Nothing is FREE IN LIFE. They’re banking on poor people’s desperation and greed to reel you in. If you really really need phone or Internet service, PAY for it with a reputable company. That’s the only way.

Jun 17, 2014

Harvesting Kinetic Energy via Earth’s Rotation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotational_energy

I must be out of the loop, but imagine if we could get FREE ELECTRICITY via the kinetic energy, or rotational energy, of the Earth. Google’s probably doing it. Some mad scientists or governments probably are. But it’d be like a giant copper coil ring around the earth and a giant magnet at the Earth’s core. Just rotate that giant thing around and around. Of course, I don’t know if that would fry all us Earthlings, but I’m just free flow thinking.

Apr 30, 2014

USD$100 Up For Grabs: Convince Me

By Chongchen Saelee

Consider this a social experiment. This is NOT A JOKE. I want to see if anyone will take the bait… and I’ll document it.

Consider this my act of kindness with a twist.

If you have a PayPal account, a real one (don’t con me), I’m willing to give you USD$1 as a donation until that USD$100 is dispensed or I close the contest. But you have to convince me. Leave a comment with your real name and email in the comments and why I should give you free money. If you post any pics, make sure you own the rights or have permission to do so.

Whoever I decide to give money to agrees that I now have the right to use your likeness and submitted content to publicize my contest or use in any marketing materials as I see fit, which includes my YouTube videos, various blogs, printed materials, etc. That’s the only catch. Not too complicated.

Good luck!

DISCLAIMER: ALL DECISIONS ARE MADE BY ME AND FINAL

Dec 22, 2013

Solution: HPMediaSmart DVD on HP Laptops stop playing Blu-ray discs

Solution: HPMediaSmart DVD on HP Laptops stop playing Blu-ray discs
By Chongchen Saelee

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-and-Software/Hp-mediasmart-dvd-play-the-avengers-blu-ray-disc/m-p/1851997/highlight/true#M109828

See, after 2012, 20th Century Fox slapped a bunch of their newly authored Blu-rays with BD+ and some other fancy DRM (digital rights management) techniques. So in order for you to play their content, you need to use their authorized firmware aka Blu-ray software players.

Unfortunately, if you’re an owner of an older Hewlett-Packard laptop who is stuck using their built-in media player software such as HPMediaSmart DVD, and you don’t have software upgrade or update support anymore, then you might be SOL or forced to buy a new commercial Blu-ray software that will play newer titles (Who has USD$100 lying around these days, especially to watch Blu-rays that have been collecting dust on our shelves for more than half a decade?).

HP, however, provided HP laptop owners with a FREE STANDARD VERSION of PowerDVD 10. The file is ~150 MB. (more…)

Jul 5, 2013

Free Desktop Wallpaper Background Featuring Blonde Model Lea!

I figure, I have to provide some freebies and extras to my devoted visitors. Here’s a free desktop wallpaper to show you my appreciation for visiting. (more…)

Sep 24, 2012

Tears of Steel: Blender Project Mango Open Source Film Release Date

News about the upcoming premiere of Blender’s latest short film, “Tears of Steel”. (more…)

Jun 27, 2012

Basic Rules To Using Third Party Content in Your Own YouTube Videos

I’m not a lawyer, but I’ll play one on YouTube just to fuck with you. (more…)

Feb 19, 2012

When Minecraft’s Gimmick Runs Out

Shoot, Minecraft’s got its own Lego set now. But will it last? (more…)

Nov 12, 2010

Hostgator Cheap Shared, VPS, or Dedicated Adult Webhosting

If you guys need cheap webhosting, dedicated servers, or something in between, give Hostgator a try. For as low as $4.95 a month, you can have a shared account up and running in no time. Heck, you can sign up for a relatively free month with the right discount code. You can use HG10OffWebhosting to get $9.94 off your first month. And you have no obligation to stay on after the first month.
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May 26, 2010

Internet Dating Sexy Asians Meet Online Good Time

Yahoo Singles just sent me an e-mail saying that they’re selling out to Match.com. First off, Yahoo did not provide the best service for non-English named gents like myself. I know they’re trying to prevent spam, but do they no know that people out there don’t (more…)