Subscriptions to Universalis
Posted by universalis on 6 February 2017
We’ve always been in favour of selling Universalis all in one go, whether as a registration code or as an app. It saves administration, for one thing. But people have asked us, now and then, about subscribing instead. A single lump of £10 ($12-ish) for an app is a lot for some people, and a monthly subscription seems much more manageable.
We introduced subscriptions for Android late last year, and the response was encouraging. So now we are offering subscriptions for iOS as well.
Subscriptions are an alternative to app purchases. Either you buy the Universalis app and don’t need a subscription, or you download the free Catholic Calendar app and subscribe.
To subscribe instead of buying, get Catholic Calendar (iOS or Android). It will give you a month of free Liturgy of the Hours and Mass readings, to help you make up your mind. After that, if you want, you can start a monthly subscription. (If you don’t subscribe, you’ll still have the calendar and the “About Today” pages).
The subscription rates vary a little across iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, because they all have slightly different policies about taxes and exchange rates. But basically it is £0.79-0.89 / $0.99 / €0.99 per month and you are always told how much it will cost before you sign up.
To find out more about the apps in general and about ways of getting them, have a look at this page.
Here are some details in case you’re curious about how it all works.
- The subscription works by charging you £0.79 (or thereabouts) when you start, and then again in a month, and then again a month after that, and so on.
- You can turn the automatic renewal off at any time: there is no minimum period. You don’t get a refund, but you do get the whole of the period you paid for. So if you subscribe on the 4th of January 2017 and cancel on the 6th, you will get everything from the 4th of January to the 4th of February inclusive.
- Deleting the app does not turn the automatic renewal off. This is irritating but it isn’t our fault: it’s how the app stores work. You will always have clear instructions for turning subscriptions off, and if you need more guidance, you can contact us for advice. We aren’t allowed to turn off your subscriptions ourselves (another irritating app store rule) but we can tell you how to do it.
- During your subscription, you have access to the whole of time: all dates, past, present, and future.
- If you stop your subscription, you will always have access to the dates for which the subscription was active. So, to follow on from the example, you will always have access to dates between 4 January 2017 and 4 February 2017, even when they are far in the past.
- The app has to contact the app store from time to time to check that the subscription is still current. For most of you this will happen automatically, but if it doesn’t then you will be given a simple button to press, to tell the app to check your subscription status with the app store.
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