AfterDawn: Tech news

The heat is on

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Sep 2004 21:03 User comments (4)

The heat is on is a service that offers users free iPod music players if they sign up for promotions and refer users to the services. However, Wired has reported complaints about spam, mishandled accounts and shipping delays. Some users of the site are complaining about being spammed by the company and also complaining about the amount of time it takes to receive an iPod. One such example is Jim Youll, a 39-year-old CTO from Cambridge, Massachusetts who signed up and within hours received spam in his email account. "This is not an encouraging trend," he said, "and these are not targeted ads. They are garden-variety junk spams."
Aaron Shier, a 19-year-old student from Hamilton, New York waited over 40 days to receive his iPod, but when he got it, it was a Hewlett-Packard make and not the Apple Computers model he chose. "I am still getting spammed and so are the people who signed up for me," he said. "They stay true to their word that they will get you out a product, but their customer service is miserable." Richard Strauss investigated the site before signing up and quoted their terms and conditions as "absolutely incredible". Strauss said the contract allows Gratis to substitute products, ignore complaints and change the number of required referrals. "In other words, they can pretty much do, or not do, anything they feel like doing," he said. "Pretty amazing."

A spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau of Washington, D.C. , said that there were more than 30 complaints against the company, but all complaints have been addressed and listed as resolved. is owned by Gratis Internet who are also behind,, and The company is planning to launch more sites within the coming days.

On the Spam side of the complaints, ask any moderator at about the huge amount of threads they have had to clear about All of the users here who use other forums have also no doubt seen multiple threads there about


Previous Next  

4 user comments

129.9.2004 12:01

Hi I have a need to post messages to strangers on message boards so I can get something for nothing. Sign Up At: http://www.ifidsearchedfirstiwouldn'

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Sep 2004 @ 16:41

229.9.2004 12:01

And I double posted the message.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Sep 2004 @ 16:41

35.10.2004 11:57

Just to let everyone know, there are several very new conga lines available. There is a FreeFlatscreens congaline available <a href="http There is a FreeHandbags congaline available <a href=". There is a FreeiPods congaline available <a href=" As of this comment, all of these congalines have less than 5 people signed up! This is the perfect time to sign up!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2004 @ 17:38

423.11.2004 16:20

i need some reffers can yall help heres my link. http://www.ifidsearchedfirstiwouldn' it works look!!!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Nov 2004 @ 16:52

Comments have been disabled for this article.

News archive