Google Apps Adds A Layer Of Monetization To Its Freemium Model
There will be new flexible billing options, a reduction in the user limit for free accounts, and a quicker setup process.
On Tuesday, Google announced some upcoming changes to Google Apps. A new billing option called the Flexible Plan will cost $5 per user per month with no contract, and will be offered alongside the current $50 Annual Plan. Also, there will be no upfront payments for new customers and those from the US, UK, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be given the option to pay by direct debit.
After May 10th, organizations with more than 10 users will have to use the paid Google Apps for Business services. Existing customers can still expand to 50 users. Schools and non-profit organizations that use Google Apps for Education will remain uncharged.