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They are already 'ad supported' for both free and paid users. Their "Challenges" now are nothing but spam trying to harvest data and sell product to anyone who records an activity more than 15 minutes long.

My relationship with Strava was already tenuous at best. I cancelled by subscription, am very close to stopping use of it altogether. i might upload rides just to have them archived for posterity, but my days of logging in every day to see what my 'Strava friends' are up to are surely coming to an end.
Oh, so that's what those challenges are about. I never clicked on one of those because I have no interest, but I always thought that was just another way to try and get you to sign up for their pay version.
 

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Oh, so that's what those challenges are about. I never clicked on one of those because I have no interest, but I always thought that was just another way to try and get you to sign up for their pay version.
Not the Strava challanges. But most/all of the other ones. 'Join the X-Brand challenge for a chance to win a X-Brand jersey'
Just give us your e-mail address and we'll enter you.
 

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They should make you pause your ride and watch an ad every 30min for it to continue. 馃槀
Ha! That would be the day I uninstall the app!

Not the Strava challanges. But most/all of the other ones. 'Join the X-Brand challenge for a chance to win a X-Brand jersey'
Just give us your e-mail address and we'll enter you.
And spam you to death. No thanks.
 

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And spam you to death. No thanks.
Yes, you鈥檒l definitely get spam from these鈥 but, if there is a such thing, it鈥檚 the good kind鈥 the kind with an unsubscribe button.
It鈥檚 the spam from unidentifiable sources with no unsubscribe button that I hate.
 

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I just cancelled my subscription. Fck them.
So I just noticed on a recent ride a "Subscribe to Stava" button. So I clicked it to see what, if anything has changed. And whamo....
If you subscribe for a year, prices are back to normal. (It was $6.00/mo).
I didn't get any email notifications. Didn't see or hear of anything elsewhere. I don't know if they're flying this under the radar or it just started.

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So I just noticed on a recent ride a "Subscribe to Stava" button. So I clicked it to see what, if anything has changed. And whamo....
If you subscribe for a year, prices are back to normal. (It was $6.00/mo).
I didn't get any email notifications. Didn't see or hear of anything elsewhere. I don't know if they're flying this under the radar or it just started.

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Sounds similar to what Sirius XM does. Call to cancel and they will offer you half price for another 6 months.

And don't know what's with Strava, but recently, the app has been losing GPS for a segment and then draws a straight line from where it was lost to where it picked it up again.
 

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Sounds similar to what Sirius XM does. Call to cancel and they will offer you half price for another 6 months.
Yea, lots of subscription services do that. Cable, internet, phone.
But I didn't call to cancel. I had cancelled it already.


And don't know what's with Strava, but recently, the app has been losing GPS for a segment and then draws a straight line from where it was lost to where it picked it up again.
You must've forgot to pause your ride every 30min to watch the ad.
馃槀


Re: Call to cancel.
I just went through this recently with my internet (Comcast). I was paying $80/mo for 200Mb service. The speed is fine for our needs, but the price was outrageous. I called and told them Fios was the same price for 940Mb and they had a 10 year lock in special. They also had a $50 / 300Mb plan. (More speed for almost half what I was paying).
I was a loyal customer for years. Never asked for a discount.
They wouldn't do anything for me. Just package more things (which I didn't want). Switch to their cell phone (which I don't get signal at my house).

So I cancelled and we re-subscribed in my wife's name.
Now we get 400Mb for $50, locked in for 2 years.
Dumbasses. I would've paid more. Just not $80.
 

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Yea, lots of subscription services do that. Cable, internet, phone.
But I didn't call to cancel. I had cancelled it already.
As I'm sure you know, unlike Strava, most of these services don't make it easy to cancel, so you have to call, wait for an agent and then they try to convince you not to cancel.

Re: Call to cancel.
I just went through this recently with my internet (Comcast). I was paying $80/mo for 200Mb service. The speed is fine for our needs, but the price was outrageous. I called and told them Fios was the same price for 940Mb and they had a 10 year lock in special. They also had a $50 / 300Mb plan. (More speed for almost half what I was paying).
I was a loyal customer for years. Never asked for a discount.
They wouldn't do anything for me. Just package more things (which I didn't want). Switch to their cell phone (which I don't get signal at my house).

So I cancelled and we re-subscribed in my wife's name.
Now we get 400Mb for $50, locked in for 2 years.
Dumbasses. I would've paid more. Just not $80.
Glad you didn't go over to Fios. Fios is a trainwreck.
 

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As I'm sure you know, unlike Strava, most of these services don't make it easy to cancel, so you have to call, wait for an agent and then they try to convince you not to cancel.
OMG cancelling Xfinity was a nightmare.



Glad you didn't go over to Fios. Fios is a trainwreck.
Not worse than Xfinity.
Fios isn't available where I live. I'd switch in a heartbeat if it was. It's infinitely better. We run out business on it where I work. It's rock solid and fast.
 

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OMG cancelling Xfinity was a nightmare.



Not worse than Xfinity.
Fios isn't available where I live. I'd switch in a heartbeat if it was. It's infinitely better. We run out business on it where I work. It's rock solid and fast.
I have no experience with Xfinity. I have Spectrum where I live and that's as fast as anybody could want unless you have a bunch of kids doing extreme gaming or something like that.

I have friends who have Fios and they have nothing but headaches.
 

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And don't know what's with Strava, but recently, the app has been losing GPS for a segment and then draws a straight line from where it was lost to where it picked it up again.
This is more likely an issue with the GPS hardware on your device - or maybe Chinese balloons interfering :p

The app just uses whatever GPS data your hardware provides.
 

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This is more likely an issue with the GPS hardware on your device - or maybe Chinese balloons interfering :p

The app just uses whatever GPS data your hardware provides.
Hardware? Don't you mean software?
 

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Well I鈥檓 trying this later today.

I did something similar with Subaru鈥檚 starlink subscription. When my factory promo expired they offered to renew at full price. I canceled online then called and they offered the new vehicle promo again. $75/3 yrs vs $300!
 

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Well I鈥檓 trying this later today.

I did something similar with Subaru鈥檚 starlink subscription. When my factory promo expired they offered to renew at full price. I canceled online then called and they offered the new vehicle promo again. $75/3 yrs vs $300!
I have never used the Starlink that came with my Subaru. I guess I can't miss something I never used.
 
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Hmmm...

Strava鈥檚 CEO, Michael Horvath, has resigned, saying that 鈥淚 have decided that Strava needs a CEO with the experience and skills to help us make the most of this next chapter鈥. The company says that 鈥渢he search for Strava鈥檚 next CEO is underway鈥. While not listed in the letter, I鈥檝e been told other members of the executive team are leaving as well, in a decision supported by the Strava board. Horvath will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is found.


In terms of the resignation, Strava employees were notified of the decision a week ago. This followed a few rough months of news for the company. First Strava laid off about 15% of their employees in December, followed by multiple rounds of bad press after the company significantly increased prices without notifying customers. At present, Strava has yet to notify their subscribers of their unilateral price changes (or the CEO change), though they are allowing folks to request a discount via customer service (more on that down below).

A PRICING UPDATE
For those following along at home, undoubtedly, a core reason for this decision being supported by the board was Strava鈥檚 aim to increase (or find) profitability. Those efforts have been met with significant resistance and cancellations in the wake of their pricing changes last month. As noted above, Strava has yet to announce these policy/pricing changes to users via e-mail. Instead, users are only notified once they get within 30 days of their upcoming renewal date.

Without rehashing a previous post too much, many EU users have been upset at the different pricing levels for different EU counties 鈥 a stance that the EU says isn鈥檛 actually legal for online services such as Strava (given it doesn鈥檛 have a different media/product catalog as a company like Netflix would). As a result, some users have e-mailed Strava Customer service, asking why they should be paying significantly more than another EU member state directly next door.

Turns out, Strava customer service seems to agree in spirit, and is offering these users a 33% discount upon request:
 

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@tlg is that the iOS or android app?
On iOS it takes me to the subscription settings associated with my iCloud account. The only options it shows are $11.99/mo and $79.99 yearly. I guess the loophole doesn鈥檛 work for everyone

I have never used the Starlink that came with my Subaru. I guess I can't miss something I never used.
Do you know if you have the lock/unlock and remote start features available via starlink? Those are literally the only reason I pay for it. I would鈥檝e thought twice if I hadnt renewed with the promo: $100/yr is a lot for the kb of total data that would be exchanged via cellular.
 
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