Signal launched a subscription monetization program to encourage users to make donations to support the project. Signal Sustainer should facilitate the receipt of resources so that developers can support themselves, after all, the chat app does not earn money from advertising or selling data.
This idea is inspired by streaming services and social networks, which have subscription services to help content producers make a profit. Signal plans will be priced between $5, $10 and $20 and will automatically renew at the end of the month. Those who do not want to commit can also make spontaneous contributions in the desired amounts.
Donors will receive a badge to use on their profile if the user wants to show everyone that they are a donor. In addition, according to the company, the entire process was designed to preserve the identity of the donors, so the promise is not to have payment information associated with the account on the service. For this, the system uses an anonymous credential scheme, in which processed payments are placed in groups, without specifying who transferred the money.
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When you uninstall or stop using Signal, your subscription will automatically be terminated and any charges suspended after the next cycle. According to the program’s team, this was done on purpose to eliminate the practice of charging for something that is not in use. Many people subscribe to apps and forget about it, which causes inconvenient charges, and this is what the initiative intends to avoid.
Anonymous payments on Signal
For now, Sustainer donations must be made through Apple Pay and Google Pay, payment services of the two companies that deduct amounts from the final amount. Signal says that it plans to offer additional forms of payment in the future, but there is no forecast yet. The feature arrived in the latest Signal update for both Android and iOS.