Posted by William Charles on August 24, 2016
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Published on August 24th, 2016 | by William Charles

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RadPad Ends Their Free Android Pay Rent Promotion

Unfortunately RadPad has announced they are ending their no credit card fee Android Pay promotion (it’s a good thing I told you to wait 24 hours before buying a device). RadPad cited the huge increase in users and volume for the end of the promotion, some statistics:

  • Android Pay previously represented 5% of all rent payments, now it represents 70^
  • Thousands of people signed up
  • More than $5,000,000 in rents have been paid using this promotion

If you signed up for the promotion before today (August 24th) and your rent is charged on or before August 31st, 2016 then there will be no credit card fee. After that date the regular fee of 2.99% for credit cards will be charged. Keep in mind that debit cards also come with a $4.95 fee now as well.

It’s pretty disappointing that this promotion has ended already, I know some people specifically bought devices that would run Android Pay in good faith. RadPad could have avoided some of the frustration and anger that is likely coming their way by adding a disclaimer about the end date being December 31st, 2016 or until the budget limit is reached.



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Thomas
Thomas

just brought new android. Sad…

Sikachu

I hope you can still return it!

But again, Android Pay is pretty nice, unless you already have iOS device for Apple Pay.

stvr
stvr

So they had lost $150,000 and wanted to stop the bleeding. They could see that for four more months, they were going to lost $600,000 or probably closer to a million dollars.

The problem is: instead of acquiring customers, they spent money to acquire angry people. This is a bad look for RadPad. It’s too bad you can’t short privately held companies.

Jim
Jim

Exactly. I will never use them again…unless they can make me money. Just shows their business model is flawed.

Mike
Mike

It was a stupid promo for RadPad that was flawed from the start as it was only going to draw in people (mostly from the points and miles community) who would use the service while it was free. They need customers that are willing to pay a fee. Same reason Groupon mostly sucks for businesses because it attracts the cheap coupon crowd.

Tim
Tim

Had been a radpad user for a while. Bought an android device to take advantage of this. Learned I can’t trust them as a result and won’t be going back.

Hunter
Hunter

Pretty shitty of RadPad to change the conditions of the promotion for those who have already signed up. It’s one thing to end new sites, but to cut it off for those who already signed up is going to leave a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Now to add back all my payments in Plastiq; wishing I hadn’t deleted them now.

Elias Perez
Elias Perez

If this post on the CSR as travel with 3X it would be like buying UR points at 1c… I could do that!

It posted in my SPG amex as travel

robert ahn
robert ahn

I just bought a new Android phone, and really pissed me off.

robert ahn
robert ahn

I just bought a new Android phone!!!

Pag
Pag

Earlier today, RadPad had asked users with Amex cards in AndroidPay to be replaced with some other card, because of their Amex issues. I wonder if that was a trick to disqualify a bunch of people in light of the following in their new email, “Anyone who signed up and qualified for the promotion prior to August 24th, 2016 will still enjoy free credit card fees as long as their rent is charged on or before August 31, 2016.”

I still haven’t replaced my Amex card in AP and is due to be charged in a couple of days. I was wondering if it will go through or not.

Carl

I’m in the same category. They said as long as I switch to another card before the charge date, there will be no fees assessed this month since we are considered “qualified.”

Dan
Dan

Called it. Was very unlikely this would go to the end of the year

zMay
zMay

What’s the easiest way now to get to $4000 spend for CSR?

Peter
Peter

Try kick further. I’ve been using it for a couple weeks. It has some risk of course, but if all goes well you’ll make money and MS. Read FM’s review for more details

Nate
Nate

If it behaves like other Chase cards when funding a bank account, then probably doing that. For example, you can fund a PNC checking account with $2000 from the CSP. I haven’t heard of any data points of people trying to do this yet, though.

ashegam
ashegam

what a shity fucking week!

Kmoney
Kmoney

I would use Plastiq at 2.5% to do rent and car payments to get to the $4000

Rene
Rene

Not surprised by that. They didn’t process my Rent payment (via Discover) — and didn’t even tell me!

When I asked why they first said the card was rejected multiple times (not true), then they suddenly changed their story and said they couldn’t verify my landlord (a big shot which was verified before).

I wouldn’t be surprised if others with high rents had a similar issue.

YRK
YRK

Got the email and needless to say dejected. Got PRG just now and had plan to pay rent via it to complete spending req. of 2K.

Well here’s hoping the current radpad checks atleast get delivered without issue.

Peter
Peter

I filed a complaint with California Attorney General for bait and switch business practices.

I would urge others to do the same.

https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

Ted
Ted

Small start up. They are not Amex, chase, or discover. Just give them a break.

Peter
Peter

They are not a small startup. They were founded years ago and have received over 9 million dollars in funding.

What they did is bait and switch. From comments I’ve read about issues processing payments with Discover and Amex, they also seem to have lackluster support and an attitude of not really caring about honoring commitments to their customers.

I don’t care how big or small you are. If you advertise a promotion and are a registered business, I expect you to honor it. If doing so causes you company financial issues/bankruptcy, that is a lesson to be learned, but no excuse to lie to your customers.

mike
mike

Don’t be a dick.. Why do you feel you are you so entitled? Am I upset that they aren’t continuing this promotion? Absolutely. But they don’t owe us anything and the next good thing will come around.

Raul
Raul

I got no dog in this fight but I don’t blame guy for taking it to the attorney general, it’s a legit complaint. Helps prevent company from thinking about doing the same. You let them get by with this and what’s next

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