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Free Google Apps is going away

Google no longer offers the free version of its Google Apps product, but existing members can keep what they've got.

Google has ceased offering free accounts for Google Apps and now only offers its US$50 plan.

The move appears to have grown out of a desire to further support the web service for paying customers. Paying customers get 25GB storage, 24/7 phone support and a 99.97 per cent uptime guarantee — free users used to receive 10 user accounts (and before that, 50 users), and their storage mirrored what was in Gmail.

Those who already own the free account, or are a non-profit, can continue using the free option. Everyone else is either recommended to pay for the corporate version or sign up to Gmail for personal needs.