|Originally posted by dave2297
You guys who keep saying that buying the one time activation is the answer must know something I don't.
Perhaps it's because we own the various units?
The answer is that the one time activation puts us theoretically in the same AnchorFree
Boat as the Showstoppers, which originally sold w/ included lifetime. In the absence of the mothership we'd likely still have manual recorders, provided we make some effort to set the clock. Monthlies? Who knows... but it's worth noting the new units were never sold to do anything when not activated.
An unlikely scenario @ any rate.
But take the magazine analogy... say you subscribed to a mag. And it comes with a free (or heavily discounted) lectro-d'luxe porcelain throne w/sidecar stand to steady the publication while you sit to read, or simply stare @ the wall, and/or sing folksongs. When finished you simply tear out pages, no corncobs. For the sake of this analogy... let's assume that in order to even gain entry, you must put the current issue of the rag in the stand to unlock it. A simple security measure, preventative to the time-honored stunt of getting just one issue delivered... then keeping the posh throne... sitting there feverishly devouring Readers Digest, even training your parrot to sing opera, all on the original publisher's dime! :(
On the other hand, if you prepay for the magazine, it purges the (no longer necessary) security requirement, i.e. the needing to produce the current issue of the mag to even sit down.
So even if you never
receive another issue of the original qualifying periodical... you can still sit upon d'luxe throne for hours on end to think, read Strong Sad's Diary/Mad Magazine, or even take time to knit scarves for polar bears while singing off-key duets with your parrot. For the entire life of the hardware.
Very simple really. :)