Google Apps for Business Became Paid

Google recently changed its policy regarding use of Google’s Web Applications and now charges a fee of $50 per user per year for all new Businesses, both large and small. Google Apps offers businesses many useful services, from Gmail accounts to Google Drive cloud storage. Premium accounts also offer a 25GB inbox, 24/7 phone support, and 99.9% uptime with no scheduled downtime.

Schools, universities and individual users remain free.
Google has stated that the new rules and payment schedule will not affect existing free accounts. Nevertheless, existing users are concerned that what is now free, will not be ‘forever free’.  Recent history makes their concern justifiable.
Initially, enterprises with fewer than 50 users could access Google Apps free of charge, but in the spring of 2011, Google sliced the ‘free 50’ to ‘free 10’. As of last month, all new companies will pay.
The Google Apps package includes Gmail, Calendar, a document editor, cloud storage “Disk” and other services. Google Apps best known competitor  is a “cloud” package offered by Microsoft, ‘Office 365’.

Please pay your attention, at the moment Google Apps are used by over 5 000 000 businesses.

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  • What a pity…:)

  • Hm, $50 doesn't seem like much until its compared to all of the other free applications out there. Thanks for bringing this to light.

  • Very informative! Thanks!

  • I did not know that. I very much appreciate your bring this to my attention. :-)

  • Catarina

    Somehow it doesn't surprise me that Google has started charging businesses for it's services.

  • Well as much as I love free they are in business, so what can I say.


  • The one thing about this that bothers me is they offered a free service, and now that everyone is hooked they are changing the game.

  • There is no such thing as a free lunch. :-)
    It was evident!