37 Signals offers pay-in-advance for their customers
37signals, makers of Basecamp and its sister applications, Highrise, Backpack and Campfire have recognized that customers might want to manage their cash flow better and make their subscription payment in one go. To satisfy this need, they have now introduced a pay-in-advance scheme for their clients, which allows clients to simplify their billing.
Customers can now pay for any and all of the 37signals application in one lump sum. Each individual monthly payment is then taken by 37signals against that credit instead their bank account or credit card being charged each month. When the upfront paid balance drops below a certain point, 37signals will email to let you know so you can top it up.
Setting up a lump sum payment is very simple – customers can simply click the ‘Account’ link that appears at the top of each screen of the 37signals applications. From there, a click on the link for the lump sum payments to add the credit.
37signals is one of the leading providers of collaborative software-as-a-service applications with their flagship product, Basecamp, one of the most popular online, project management subscriptions services currently on the market. With a variety of payment packages, starting at $49 per month for 35 projects and 15Gb storage, through a mid-range option at $99 for 100 projects and 30Gb, to the top of the range account at $145 per month for unlimited project with 75Gb of storage. All offer unlimited users. The introduction of the pay in advance facility helps 37signals customers plan ahead with their finances, an option that will be particularly welcome for smaller companies – allowing them to secure the use of an application that can be business critical at a time they know they have the finances in place.