SmartSDR upgrade fees

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I have a question regarding the upgrade subscription process outlined in Gerald's update today.

Since it is no longer time based, there is no clock to start. Does this mean whatever the version is once all the advertised features and functionality is in place and working correctly then that is when things start?

Limited Edition purchasers got one year with the radio and an extra year, does that translate into two major version releases AFTER all the features are in place and working?

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Official Response
The release based model is actually more beneficial to you. In a time based model, there is no assurance that a new major release (e.g. v2.0, v3.0 etc.) will come out within any given time period. The number of v1.x point releases before we release a v2.0 is as yet undetermined. Under a time based model, there is no assurance that a Limited Edition customer will receive a v2.0 release within a two year period. In the release based model, a Limited Edition customer is guaranteed to receive v2.0, whenever it comes out even if that is more than two years from the release of v1.4; SmartSDR v1.4, per our published roadmap is what we consider to be PowerSDR equivalency milestone.

Standard edition customers will get all point releases for version v1.0 for as many as are released, even beyond a year. Our best estimation is that the time between major releases will be on the order of 12-18 months. Between major releases, there will be a number of point releases that include new features and performance enhancements.

On a final note, we are the only company I know of in amateur radio that has an internal team of software engineers dedicated to providing regular feature and performance enhancements to existing radios. That means that the radio you own today will keep getting better and better and better (and better).