Quick Note: Businesses Must Now Pay $50/Year for 'Google Apps for Business'
December 7, 2012 11:37 AM
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It comes with features like 24/7 phone support and a 25GB inbox
Businesses can no longer use the free version of Google Apps -- instead, they must use a premium business version for $50 per year.
Google announced yesterday that businesses, which previously had the choice between the basic, free version of Google Apps or the premium, paid version, must now choose the latter. The offering is called Google Apps for Business, and it features more business-friendly options for an annual fee. The apps
and Google Drive.
The new features include 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Businesses of all sizes are instructed to use this version for $50 a year.
Why is Google forcing businesses into this direction? According to the tech giant, businesses tend to outgrow the basic version and have increasing needs in order to run their establishment. This new, paid version guarantees that Google can
offer them what they need
Google will keep the basic, free version for individuals, and will also continue offering Google Apps for Education for free. Google Apps for Government will stay at its normal $50 per year as well.
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RE: Not completely accurate
12/8/2012 8:18:21 AM
Google Apps for business (formerly Google Apps for Domains) is based on your business domain name. If you sign up for it (as I did many years ago), your gmail address is actually
. Going to
redirects you to a gmail landing page set up specifically for this service.
It used to be you were allowed up to something like 50 users/email addresses for free. I'm grandfathered in at that level on both my personal and business domains. A few years ago they reduced it to 6, so I'm not surprised they're getting rid of the free version.
I wish they'd given more notice though (they gave a few months notice for the 50->6 switch). My sister is starting a web-based company and I was gonna suggest having Google Apps handle her email (best free spam filter I've found). But the first notice I got was an email on 12/6 saying they were ending the free version effective 12/6. Oh well.
RE: Not completely accurate
12/10/2012 4:28:24 PM
You get what you pay for I guess ;)
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