It looks as if our prediction of the end of free photo sharing services is starting to materialise. Photopoint today announced that they are to follow PhotoLoft and move to a subscription based service. From mid-May they will have a basic charge of $9.95 for one year or, if you want 25 'free' prints then its $19.95.

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What's happening?

PhotoPoint is charging for membership, starting in mid-May. Free limited memberships will be available on a trial basis.

What do I need to do?

Sign up for a paid membership so you can continue to enjoy all the features of PhotoPoint plus the additional benefits of membership. Act now and take advantage of our special introductory offers good through April 30th.

What do I get as a Member?

  • 25 free prints (Membership Plus Plan Only)
  • Save 5% off all print orders for the year
  • Store up to 1000 photos*
  • Use Print at Home service - print photos at home like a pro
  • Enjoy express customer service
  • Receive our PhotoPointersTM Tutorial Series - valuable tips and tricks for improving your photography
  • Create and Save up to five SmashCast Movies - add music and graphics to your photos
Plus you can continue to enjoy the full features of PhotoPoint, including photo-sharing, PicCheers, PhotoPoint's Gallery, Forums, Digital Camera magazine and tips on photography and digital cameras.

How much does it cost?

For a limited time, you can join for an entire year for a one-time charge of $19.95, and we'll include 25 free prints (the prints alone are a $12 value).

Or, for those who don't need or want free prints, you can purchase a Basic Membership for only $9.95 for one year.

These introductory offers will end April 30, 2001.

What if I do nothing?

After our new Membership Program launches, and you have more than 10 photos in your PhotoPoint account, you will be prompted to upgrade to a paid membership, when you first sign in to your account.

What if I don't want to pay?

If you don't wish to purchase a membership, you can:
Reduce your account to fewer than 10 photos by downloading or deleting photos. This will give you a trial membership, where you will be limited to 10 or fewer photos in your account, will have restricted use of SmashCast movies, and will not have access to Print-at-Home.
Buy all, or some, of your photos on CD-ROM. Find out more
What if I still do not pay and do not remove my photos after the new Membership Program launches?

After our new Membership Program launches, if you have not purchased a Membership, and have more than 10 photos in your account, you will have a 10-day grace period starting from the time that you first sign in. During that time you can delete or download your photos. After that 10-day grace period, your account will be locked. At that time, neither you, nor your visitors, will have access to your photos. You will no longer be able to access your photos unless you purchase a Membership for the price it is offered at that time.

What about my SmashCast Movies?

Please note, after our new Membership Program launches, all SmashCast movies will expire after 10 days, unless you are a paying Member. Paying members can create as many Smashcast movies as they like within the year and store up to five at any time.

What if I have more than 1000 photos?

PhotoPoint Members who have more than 1000 photos can purchase additional storage space for $9.95 per 1000 photos.

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