The smart home platform Wink has announced that it will finally launch its controversial new subscription for $ 4.99 a month on July 27 after months of delays. The subscription puts many of the previously free features of the service behind a paywall, including critical aspects of the service such as the ability to update firmware or add new devices.
“Please note that since our first announcement on May 6, we’ve adjusted our schedules to give users more opportunity to consider. We were able to expand our service so that subscriptions now start on Monday, July 27, 2020, ”said the latest blog post announcing the delay.
All users who do not log in will find that their Wink devices will be severely restricted in the future. Customers who don't sign in have local access to a list of selected devices, but are excluded from almost all features of Wink, including API support, voice control, cloud control, third-party integration, advanced settings, and the ability to add new devices , edit device names, or even update the firmware for Wink’s Hub and Relay hardware.
The full list of features that require Wink subscription access.
Wink – owned by technology company i.am + from Will.i.am since 2017 – was already in trouble when i.am + ran out of money in 2019, The Verge reported. The subscription service announcement on May 6 seemed to confirm this, with Wink noting that "long-term costs and recent economic events have further impacted our business." In a later post, Wink claimed that "there was no other way to continue the currently known Wink service" without a paid subscription.
The monthly subscription was originally scheduled to start just a week after Wink's announcement on May 13, though the company has repeatedly postponed that date: first until May 20, and then a second indefinite delay to give users more time whether you want to register. But with the July 27 announcement, it seems Wink is finally getting the new monthly fee ready.