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Meetup

Meetup

9/16/19

When I joined Meetup in 2008, it was well-done and well-run. I can do code and photography, so I was quickly made an "Assistant Organizer", and life was good for a few years. Then came the "NewMeetup" of 2011, an even-worse "upgrade" in 2013, and the site totally jumped the shark in 2017. Customer service was never very good, but it has become non-existent, and subscription fees keep increasing, while features disappear without notice. All but one of the organizers I met in 2008-2009 have left Meetup, and almost all the newer organizers are business owners who use the site as an advertising platform, for which the subscription fee is a deductible expense. For anyone else, I can't imagine Meetup being of any more use than Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Freeupmobile

9/16/19

FreeUp has multiple plans, and I have had the $0 "Free Plan" (see screencap*) for 2½ months now. I had to buy a FreeUp SIM card ($5 + $4.99 shipping) to install into an old Samsung AT&T "Windows Phone" given me by a friend, from his drawer-full of old phones I had given away my previous phone (from a different provider) in disgust. Five minutes to install the SIM, two minutes to call and activate, and a half-hour later I made my first test call to my friend to let him know his old phone was now alive again.
The $0 "Free Plan" is pretty basic, but it serves my purposes well and it's FREE.

*I put an "eraser stroke" through the IMEI for security reasons.

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