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