App of the Week – DoNotPay

Published On July 25, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

Very few things are ever truly free. You always end up giving up something in return. A free trial or gift often requires you to take action or get stuck with a bill. That is why DoNotPay is the App of the Week.

We’ve all done it. We enter our credit card number into a website and get a free gift or service for a limited time. We promise ourselves we won’t forget to cancel the service after the trial period. And then we forget. What was free has now turned into a monthly bill. DoNotPay puts an end to that.

A 22-year-old coder and entrepreneur named Joshua Browder created a service called Free Trial Card. It’s available now through the DoNotPay app.

The idea is really beautiful. The Free Trial Card is a virtual credit card you use to sign up for those free trials of any service or product so you don’t have to use your real credit card. When the free trial period ends the card automatically declines to be charged bringing your free trial to a pleasant end.

It eliminates those costly memory lapses. The app even sends a legal notice of cancelation to the service. DoNotPay will email you when you sign up for a service and again when your trial ends. A reminder that if you want to convert your trial into a paid subscription you’ll need to enter your actual credit card information.

DoNotPay is the counter punch to companies that offer a free something but put in the small print that you must cancel the service by a certain date or you’re hooked into a contract.

DoNotPay is free and available for Apple and Android.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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