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No More Free. Google’s Custom Email With Your Domain Now Costs $5/User/Month

 

Google Apps For Business

A remarkable free solution for custom email for startups and small businesses, Free Google Apps For Business, has now vanished.

On Dec 6th, 2012, Google announced that new sign-ups for Google Apps For Business Free Account is discontinued. Google Apps For Business Free version, which included 1) gmail with custom domain name (like info@MyDomain.com) for 10 users, Google Docs, Google Calendar, etc is no longer available for sign-ups.

This effects domains registered with Weebly, which relied on Google’s Free service to offer 10 free email accounts. Google continues to provide the free service for all users who have signed up with Google Apps For Business before Dec 6, 2012. But new sign-ups for free version of Google Apps For Business are no longer available.

Alternatives for free custom eMail addresses – Zoho Mail, Outlook.com

If you must need custom email address for your business, and are looking for a free service, check Zoho Mail Lite, which is free for 3 users.

The other option is to setup an account with outlook.com and configure to receive your email with custom domain name extension.

Up until May 2011, Google Apps For Business was free for up to 50 users. Later on it was limited to 10 free users per account. And from Dec 6, 2012, it is paid only.  It’s a sign of disappearing free services for businesses, either because they think businesses must pay or because they can not provide value added services for free.

Last year, Microsoft yanked its Small Business Office Live in spite of charing customers $15 a year. Hopefully, they will be more considerate with outlook.com.

Quite a few people like the new outlook.com interface better than gmail. So, it may be worth a try.

 
Raju Nunna

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Raju Nunna is the Founder of "Weebly Forums"

13 Responses to “No More Free. Google’s Custom Email With Your Domain Now Costs $5/User/Month”

  1. Thanks for the tips!

    >
    It’s a sign of disappearing free services for businesses, either because they think businesses must pay or because they can not provide value added services for free.
    <<

    I guess google does not want to rely solely on money from advertising anymore, and are doing less for free, indeed.

     
    • Peter
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    • doing less for free

      Absolutely true. Must be the effect of Cloud and Hosted applications. The industry is moving away from Freemium model, especially when it comes to services for professionals or small businesses. As advertising revenues continue to get fragmented, I am afraid the trend trickles down to consumers as well.

       
      • Raju Nunna
      • Raju Nunna
  2. I am afraid the trend trickles down to consumers as well <<
    Yup, if revenue falls, free services like gmail will not be there.
    Will Weebly remove the 10 mail id options or provide the same service for increased payment?

     
    • The 10 free email ids with weebly seems to have already been removed. Weebly now states that it costs $5/user/month with google apps.

       
      • Raju Nunna
      • Raju Nunna
  3. It may be to technical for many, but I pointed my name server DNS to my BlueHost account. At BlueHost I set the A record to point to the Weebly IP number. That means I can use all the email features included with the BlueHost account to set up whatever email I need. I am sure you can do the same thing with HostGator or any of the other hosting providers.

    In effect I have two hosting accounts for each domain, but hosting with addon domains is cheap enough I doubt it would be a problem for most.

     
    • Paul
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  4. What about live.com domains for email?

    anyone have experience with that?

     
  5. I am glad I signed up for google app before they did away with the free plan. I use zergio for dns service and google app for my emails and point a record to weebly.

     
  6. I’ve just started using inbox.com. They need to work on their user experience but I found it more user friendly than windows live.

     
  7. It is at least good news to us from Google that we can use the old accounts for free. :)

    By the way the outlook.com is the best alternative from Microsoft with upto 500 emails account per domain.

     
    • is Outlook.com free for personalized email address?

       
      • fitzdesignz
  8. Hi,

    I am now using Outlook which I must admit is far easier that google was to set up an email account for my websites. However, i have come across a problem.

    When I was setting up the account I remember having the option of adding more than one address (up to 500 actually). I didn’t at the time but now want to go in and add a couple. I can’t see how to do this and searches online are pointing me to outlook express solutions instead.

    Can anyone explain how to go about this?

    Thanks in advance.

     
    • curlywurly
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  9. Hi again.

    Solved my own problem. Here’s how to go about it if you want to do the same:

    Sign into the original microsoft account that you set you new email account up through.
    go to http://domains.live.com
    Click on the relevent domain name.

    Easy in the end – just hard to find.

     
    • curlywurly
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  10. I agree – outlook.com is easier and faster for set up. I will stick with this one from now on – and until it will be for free :)

    Note! You have 50 free different email accounts available, not 500 ;)

    BR

     

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