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FredOnline 21 Apr 2022 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by gardenweed (Post 625524)
However when I click the link and it takes me to my Admin Console, I can't see any reference to joining such a waiting list.
Has anyone else managed to join this waiting list for the no cost option?

In my Admin Console it says:

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Act now and switch to Google Workspace
Your access to the G Suite legacy free edition will end soon. As a valued customer, you're eligible to switch now to a new Google Workspace subscription and enjoy a special discount. Or, in the coming weeks, you'll be able to join a waitlist for a no-cost option. If you take no action by Jun 1, 2022, we'll automatically transition you to the recommended Google Workspace subscription.
I've underlined a relevant sentence.

gardenweed 21 Apr 2022 05:02 PM

Thanks FredOnline. :)

I guess I just wait to what arises "in the coming weeks" - keep checking in at the Admin page. :rolleyes:

FredOnline 21 Apr 2022 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gardenweed (Post 625526)
I guess I just wait to what arises "in the coming weeks" - keep checking in at the Admin page. :rolleyes:

As a 'valued customer', I can't wait to see what I'm offered! :rolleyes:

TenFour 5 May 2022 08:59 AM

Apparently there is a "waiting list" now for the "no-cost" version of G Suite, whatever that will include.

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If you want the no cost option, you need to join this waiting list in the Google Admin console before June 1, 2022, so your account is not automatically upgraded to Google Workspace. Those on the waiting list will remain on the G Suite legacy free edition until the no-cost option is available. Once the no-cost option is available, we’ll be in touch with more details on what will happen to your account. You will have 60 days to evaluate the no-cost option or choose Google Workspace before any changes are made to your account.

If you change your mind after you join the waiting list for the no-cost option, you’ll still be able to upgrade to Google Workspace at any time.
On this page: https://support.google.com/a/answer/60217#nocost

FredOnline 17 May 2022 05:38 AM

Choose your transition path
 
Using this link: https://admin.google.com/?action_id=SE_SELF_TRANSITION

I was given the option for personal use, which I selected:

https://i.postimg.cc/sxv9QFfx/Screen...6-20-29-28.png

Looks like this is going out to all Legacy account users from today.

TenFour 17 May 2022 11:25 AM

Here's another article about the return of free legacy G Suite accounts. https://9to5google.com/2022/05/16/no...egacy-g-suite/

I wonder how many users Google lost with their horrific messaging and dithering about this?

gardenweed 17 May 2022 02:25 PM

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Originally Posted by TenFour (Post 625835)
Here's another article about the return of free legacy G Suite accounts. https://9to5google.com/2022/05/16/no...egacy-g-suite/

I wonder how many users Google lost with their horrific messaging and dithering about this?

Interesting.
I've already moved my email to Zoho.

FredOnline 17 May 2022 06:38 PM

As part of the acceptance process, you must confirm to Google that your usage is “for non-commercial personal use.”

I'm guessing that there will be some who will still want to use their account for a commercial purpose but don't want to pay for the privilege, and will confirm acceptance regardless.

I'm guessing (again) that Google will monitor for any misuse, and accounts will have to be converted to a paid account if Google considers them as commercial and not personal.

Time will tell.

TenFour 18 May 2022 08:02 AM

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I'm guessing (again) that Google will monitor for any misuse, and accounts will have to be converted to a paid account if Google considers them as commercial and not personal.
I suspect your business use would have to be pretty significant for it to show on Google's radar screen. For example, maybe you run a side gig as a writer and exchange a few dozen messages each year with publishers--I doubt they would flag you. On the other hand, if every day you are sending out hundreds of marketing messages you might get their attention. Where I live I've noticed that lots of businesses use regular old Gmail addresses as their professional addresses, and I believe that is technically against Gmail's terms also. They have their Gmail addresses printed on the side of trucks, signs, and websites. They seem to get away with it.

TenFour 21 Jun 2022 09:10 AM

Even the NY Times has an article about the end of free G Suite accounts for businesses. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/20/t...iness-fee.html

TenFour 24 Aug 2022 10:24 PM

So, has anyone tried the "personal use" option to retain use of your G Suite Legacy free edition? https://support.google.com/a/answer/2855120?hl=en

Folio 25 Aug 2022 05:09 AM

Yes. Back in April I accepted an upgrade to Google Workspace offer (free through Oct 2022, then half price through Oct 2023). When Google announced the no-cost option for personal use I submitted a ticket requesting the no-cost option. Within the last few weeks Google has moved me from my previously selected upgrade to the no-cost option. I haven't yet spent much time exploring what is different.


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