Was the Free Smart Subscription removed?
Can we have our Ultra cameras use all the features we bought them for and have it save to other cloud subscriptions like Google or Apple. Sounds like a much smarter and cheaper way (and in many instances free and with high security) of using the expensive setup Arlo sold us?
It would be nice if you could choose from various cloud storage providers. Personally I'd like to be able to store the recordings on my home NAS. But you can't do either now.
When I went to the Arlo.com website to view their products, I was presented with the NZ version of the website. As a consumer living in the NZ market, this should be sufficient information on which to base my purchasing decision. For whatever reason, it appears they decided to tailor their product offering differently to different markets. I think this is the source of the confusion on this forum.
I didn't receive the box the product was in until I went to the store to buy it, having already made my purchasing decision. In the event that the box said something different in small print to what was advertised on their website, I'm pretty confident this wouldn't make a lot of different in the eyes of consumer rights bodies, given that the website would still have effectively been false advertising.
As I've previously stated, I was never notified of having subscribed to a plan, free or otherwise, in any way. As demonstrated, what's true in America isn't necessarily true in other markets for the same product, so I would be cautious not to state with certainty how the product is for all markets, unless you're part of the core team that designed the product offering.
When I went to the Arlo.com website to view their products, I was presented with the NZ version of the website. As a consumer living in the NZ market, this should be sufficient information on which to base my purchasing decision.
I think the NZ website simply had an error (Arlo forgot to update the page when the Ultra came on to the market in early 2019). Only Arlo can say for sure, but the KB articles describing the subscription terms have never included such geographic tailoring (other than pricing).
Either way, you looked at the website, and based your purchase decision on what it said. So from your point of view, their intent doesn't matter. Of course any remedy would need to be worked out with Arlo. Maybe PM @JamesC using the envelope icon in the upper right of the forum page.
I didn't have a subscription. I had my cameras for two years. I even purchased another one at the end of 2019. Arlo tried to "charge" my card the "annual renewal" subscription fee. First, I didn't have a subscription to RENEW. Now my cameras are not functioning properly. I'm going to post on EVERY major retailer website to let the customers know what they are getting into. I'm switching to RING.....
The free subscription was not removed from the older cameras. It is not and has never been available with the Pro3 or the Ultra cameras. The problem is people think it just carries over to the higher end cameras and unfortunately it didn't. But with that said the Pro3 and Ultra cameras do allow you to have local storage on the base station so you still get effectively a free storage options without some of the limitations . Only difference is now you need to enable remote access to your smarthub through your route to access it from outside your home wifi.