I’m currently contemplating whether I should use the 55€ of credits that I have - which would grant me 13.75 months worth of Skiff Essential billed monthly OR if I should wait until I have a more stable source of income to eventually pay for it by myself without the use of awarded credits
of course I am aware that by using the credits they gave me by completing various tasks I am not supporting them financially.
In comparison, I already use Proton for Mail, Calendar and VPN although their prices (for what I need, at least) are higher by ~12€ per year (4€ versus 5€ for their cheapest plans billed monthly).
For the 13.75 months I would have Skiff for, it would provide better value for the time being as I do not currently need cloud storage or a paid VPN, and it does provide some features I’m interested in that I don’t get out of the free plan on either Skiff or Proton
(primarily I am interested in auto-reply, schedule-send and mail-filters, which I would get essentially for free by following through with the Skiff offer)
Of course, because I don’t need to pay with actual money for these 13.75 months - e.g a bank/credit card - it would save me money too.
my first thought was paying out-of-pocket and using the credits when I cannot pay for a month - this way I would support them financially and also have a fallback for when it isn’t financially viable for me to pay, even for a longer period of time.
edit: additionally, my little monkey brain doesn’t wanna see the numbers go down.
I know, but I want to support them. They are providing people with privacy, I wish to support that goal.
There are nonprofit organizations fighting for privacy that would appreciate that money more, such as EFF. Skiff has enough venture capitalist funding to last for a long time without your support, and are willing to give you over a year of their product for free.