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3 months bonus time offer ends 10/15 [Oct. 13th, 2005|10:05 am]
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The three months of bonus paid time offer that we announced with the launch of automatic payments ends this Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 11:59 pm Pacific. Anyone with active paid account status on 8/14/05 (the date of the original announcement) is eligible to receive three months of bonus paid time when you switch your account to automatic payments and select the 12-month billing cycle. Read the fine print.

By the way, our auto-magical new system will take into account your remaining paid time and prorate your charges. For example, if you have six months of remaining paid time and you sign up for automatic payments on a 12-month billing cycle, then you’ll have a total of 15 months of paid time and only be charged $9.98 (half of $19.95). Automatic payments can only be setup using a credit or debit card.

Update: For those of you who have taken advantage of this promotion, you can visit the paid account manage page to see when your 3 months of bonus time will apply. Your "next bill amount" may show a non-zero amount but instead of a charge the promotion time will be applied. At the end of the 3 month promotion time your regular billing cycle will resume.

[User Picture]From: sorenr
2005-10-13 06:01 pm (UTC)
Normally they, just like VISA's electron, are generally less supported, since they do not have the same requirements. You can, for example, get a VISA Electron or a Maestro from the age of 15...

If Mastercard wanted to, they could've just made the Maestro so it was supported by the excisting Mastercard system, and VISA ditto with the electron, so basically they've made these decisions themselves.
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From: sameyeam
2005-10-13 06:09 pm (UTC)
I've found the Electron will generally go through as a VISA credit card. It's worked at 2 other places online for me in the past and I just tried it on Livejournal and it appears to have worked - though I can't be 100% sure until it shows up on my online banking thing in a day or so. It's worth a go and certainly worth knowing because hardly anywhere supports Electron online. It's a shame no-one tells you these things though, isn't it? :-(
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2005-10-13 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's actually surprising how the general public is supposed to know everything about how these cards work with absolutely no information, "manuals" or anything... Y'know; a lot of people would benefit hugely from a small explanatory letter (just one page would do) along with their card. (I work in customer services for a web-based company, and a lot of the calls are just about people who have trouble using their cards, and mainly not out of stupidity but just because they have no way of knowing this sort of thing...)
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From: ex_shattered767
2005-10-14 05:04 am (UTC)
I know that Electron is widely supported in Europe, but in North America...heck, I've never even seen one. According to the website, it's only good for online merchants and ATMs in the US/Canada, and you can't apply for one if you live in either country.
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