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AU$ 21.00 pledged of $25,104 goal
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By Marcus Tjen
AU$ 21.00 pledged of $25,104 goal
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About

Hi! Thanks for visiting our kickstarter page.  My name is Marcus, the founder of Cancelbox. I founded Cancelbox to provide free web and mobile phone app aimed to save you money by fighting gray charges.  

If you have ever tried online trials and paid subscriptions, chances are you have been stung by gray charges.  

They are those unwanted charges on your credit card that appear because you have been converted into paying subscriber for using a "30 days Free Trial" online services that you forgot to cancel. They are also the unwanted charges on your credit card that appear when you forgot to cancel a renewal on your unwanted online subscriptions. 

This project started after I have been stung with few gray charges.  When I did a quick search about gray charges, I was surprised that this not only happens to me but also to a LOT more people than I can imagined.  In fact, in United States alone this situation happened 115 million times a year according to a study published in 2013 by industry analyst Aite Group, costing American consumers $6 billion dollars in unwanted charges. One in three Americans are lured by these free trials and losing an average of $215 per year. 

To my surprise, these gray charges practices are not considered illegal. They are questionable at best and unethical at worst but unfortunately not illegal. So companies love them and do nothing about them because they made a lot of money due to our forgetfulness and the average consumers like you are paying for it.

To fight gray charges, I feel that we need to address the root of the problem which is people forgetting to cancel their trials and subscriptions.  When people try new online trials and subscriptions, they are confident that they will remember to cancel them but most people would forget to cancel within few weeks, and even fewer remember to cancel in 12 months time. Only people with really great memory and people who are really organised would be able to remember these things.  

Then it got me thinking, wouldn't it be great if we can get a text message to our mobile phone 7, 3 and 1 day before the expiry date, then anyone would be able to remember, not just people with great memory or people that are very organised.   If you can get a text reminder a day before it expires, anyone would be able to cancel.  To do that I want to create a free web and mobile phone app that you can use to send yourself email and text (sms) reminders to cancel your trials and subscriptions 7, 3 and 1 day(s) before your trials/subscriptions expire direct to your email inbox and your mobile phone.

If the above study is accurate, people can save on average $215 per year by using this free app.  Think what you can do with an extra $215 a year?

Think about what this means for the household.  Having billion$ of dollars back in the hands of households and consumers means consumers can spend more and save more.

Premium App

Furthermore, if after the free app is live and we get further requests or demands for additional features/services for the app, I will consider adding more features/services to Cancelbox by creating Premium App that people can purchase.  In the Premium App, we'll look out for ways for Cancelbox to automate cancellation for you so you don't even have to do it yourself.

You can use Cancelbox for:

 Who can use Cancelbox?

Let's make this a reality

If you think this is a good idea, please help to make this app a reality. If we can get enough people to use the app, I believe we can influence corporations and companies to change their behaviors regarding gray charges and do away with them. Please donate and tell your friends and family who you think would benefit from the app.  Consider it paying it forward from the savings you're going to get from using the app.

10 REASONS to support Cancelbox:

1) You're giving gray charges and the companies behind them the Finger!
2) You'll never forget your trials and subscriptions again.
3) You'll save money every time you use Cancelbox.
4) You'll be saving on average $215 a year.
5) Consider it paying forward from the savings you're going to get from using Cancelbox.
6) You'll be immortalised in Cancelbox Founders-Wall of Fame.
7) It's a lot more fun than using your calendar app.
8) You'll be helping other people save on average $215 a year on a global scale.9) You'll get better deals and offers from your trials and subscriptions service providers by using Cancelbox.10) You'll have a role in changing the behaviors of companies that are behind gray charges and putting a stop to gray charges in global scale.

Summary of the Rewards

Pledge $2 or more 
BRONZE FOUNDERS - Marcus will do 1 push-up, 1 sit-up and 1 lunge per backer and thanking you while doing the workout.
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
+ Your name permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall.

Pledge $20 or more
SILVER FOUNDERS - Get access to Beta version of the app and a chance to give your input. 
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
+ Your name permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall in bigger font. 

Pledge $50 or more
GOLD FOUNDERS - Get 1yr membership for future premium app
* Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input. 
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
+ Your name permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall in bigger font and Gold color. 

Pledge $100 or more
PLATINUM FOUNDERS - Get 2yr membership for future premium app + Access to Beta for future premium app + A chance of having a feature you want added to future premium app. 
* Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
* You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors. 
+ Your name and your photo permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall in huge font. 

Pledge $500 or more
ADAMANTIUM FOUNDERS - Get 5yr membership for future premium app + 30 minutes skype conversation with Marcus to answer any question you have or talk about any topic you want.
* Access to Beta for future premium app. 
* A chance of having a feature you want added to future premium app
* Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input. 
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
* You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors. 
+ Your name and your photo permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall in giant font with the title: Hero.

Pledge $2000 or more VIBRANIUM FOUNDERS - Get Lifetime membership for future premium app + a business lunch with founders of Cancelbox in Sydney, Australia to discuss any topic you want. Travel & accommodation not included. * Access to Beta for future premium app. 
* A chance of having a feature you want added to future premium app. 
* Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input. 
* You'll be notified when the free app is ready. 
* You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors. 
+ Your name and your photo permanently displayed on www.cancelbox.com/founders-wall in giant font with the title: Legendary Hero.

The funds will help us in our plan to create Cancelbox web app, Cancelbox iphone app (and Cancelbox android app if we have enough funding), host servers and backends, create a secure environment for users, cover the cost of making this service available around the world and ongoing maintenance to keep this service going indefinitely.

Risks and challenges

Milestones
We plan to make the web app available within 2-3 months after we successfully raised the fund. We plan to make the mobile app available within 3-5 months if we successfully raise the fund. The plan is to create iphone app first (then android app if we have enough funding). It will be available first in USA and Australia and incrementally be made available to the rest of the world.

Software Creation
There are inherent challenges in building web and mobile products. I do my very best to create a free product that you'll love and that we'll be proud of. I promise to be transparent and communicate any potential delays and important milestones.

Premium App
The production of premium app depends whether there is further demand of additional features/services needed for Cancelbox.

Government Regulations
We have no say for any decision made by any government or sovereign nation(s) regarding the availability of our service in that country.

Text message (SMS) reminders
Sending text message (SMS) may rely on telecommunication companies in each country, so quality of delivery of SMS may differ from country to country. Text message (SMS) may not be available in some countries.

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    * Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input
    * You'll be notified when the free app is ready
    * You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors
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    ADAMANTIUM FOUNDERS - Get 5yr membership for future premium app + 30 minutes skype conversation with Marcus to answer any question you have or talk about any topic you want.

    * Access to Beta for future premium app
    * A chance of having a feature you want added to future premium app
    * Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input
    * You'll be notified when the free app is ready
    * You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors
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    VIBRANIUM FOUNDERS - Get Lifetime membership for future premium app + a business lunch with founders of Cancelbox in Sydney, Australia to discuss any topic you want. Travel & accommodation not included.

    * Access to Beta for future premium app
    * A chance of having a feature you want added to future premium app
    * Get access to Beta version and a chance to give your input
    * You'll be notified when the free app is ready
    * You'll get better deals for any offer from service providers or their competitors
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