Yahoo’s decision to close down Yahoo Photos seems to have disappointed many users. Now, Yahoo wants to bring back smiles on their faces and encourage them to migrate to Yahoo-owned Flickr by giving them 3-months of free Flickr Pro account.
“June 17, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3 months of Pro Account status fell from the sky on to You (a gift from Flickr to say thanks!) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ $0.00.”
A regular Flickr users has a 100 MB monthly upload limit, 3 sets and photostream are limited to just 200 most recent images, whereas Flickr Pro account have no restrictions on uploads, sets, photostream and more.
Sounds like a moderately fair incentive for Yahoo Photo users to migrate to their photos to Flickr Pro Account, which would otherwise cost $24.95 per year (hence, a value of $6.23). If Flickr isn’t your choice, there are other similar services which provide incentives: Shutterfly (a free 8Ãƒâ€”8 inch photo book), Kodak Gallery (Get 20 free 4Ãƒâ€”6 inch prints) or Snapfish (Get 50 free 4Ãƒâ€”6Ã¢â‚¬â€œinch prints)
In other Flickr-Yahoo news, Yahoo has dropped PayPal as a payment option for Flickr Pro accounts. Instead, they want you to use Yahoo! Wallet, which lets you add PayPal account, but only if you have a credit card or a debit card attached as an alternate funding method in your wallet. This news comes as a disappointment to many International Flickr Pro users, who don’t have a credit card. Discussions on Flickr forum, indicate that the users don’t seem to be very happy about this change either.