Google Apps are no more Free

by on December 8th, 2012

While regular Gmail is free and perhaps will be, but all Google Apps are no more free. Google made some changes effective from December 6, 2012 for Google Apps users. If you use Google business email, Google drive, sites, Google calendar, and online docs @your_company[dot]com, then here is something you need to know. Google is no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). If you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your previous service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.

If you (users who already have free version of Google Apps) want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.

They say:

Individuals wishing to use Google’s web apps like Gmail and Google Drive should create a free personal Google Account, which provides a seamless experience across all of our web services on any device.

For Businesses, instead of two versions, there will be one. Companies of all sizes will sign up for our premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Pricing is still $50 per user, per year.

See Pricing and more info

Well, lucky you – if you have already got Google Apps registered for your business. New customers will have to pay. This is typical. Throw something free, if it gets popular, ask price. Google is no different. Google bans AdSense for publishers ruthlessly, resulting in their business loss. Of course, they have to compensate this loss from somewhere else. What do you think about Google’s decision on Google Apps for charging users?