Just received an email from Jamster (through CJ) quoting:
Over the past year compliancy rules and regulations in the mobile content market have become more and more strict. This has resulted in countless audits, fines, and affiliate partners links being pulled. Because of the seriousness of the liability involved in affiliate offers for mobile content, Jamster has decided to deactivate the public US offer and pull all links associated with the program. The full scope of legacy compliancy issues and constant policing of the program has hurt the growth potential of this channel and we have been left with little to no options.
This is not the resolution that we have liked to proceed with, but because of the servility of the punishments but certain carriers, we are left with no choice. We greatly appreciate all of the business that our affiliates have sent to the Jamster program over the years and wish all of you the best of luck.
Jamster was one of the forerunners with ringtones offers and created a hell lot of money for affiliates (and themselves obviously) as well as a lot of frustration for consumers who subscribed to their “mobile content services” without reading the fine print and paying a handsome amount of money each month without knowing it.
So what does this mean? Legacy compliancy issues and constant policing of the program is definitely something good for consumers but no so for ringtones affiliate marketers. Notice also that they are just dropping the program links in US, but so what? They are literally still running their offers in other part of the world anyway – Australia, Brazil, France, Italy etc. Besides, there are lots of other mobile content provider apart from Jamster nowadays.
From a healthy netizen and consumer point of view, let’s hope it won’t be long that the same goes for those rebills such as teeth whitening, weight lose, muscle gain, acai and google money tree bullcrap.