[olug] Google changes to free

Jeff Hinrichs dundeemt at gmail.com
Sat Feb 5 11:47:20 CST 2022

Same boat as Dan.  I use/used it for the kids' email when they were young.
Both off in college and we use those emails for family stuff.  I don't have
my droid connected to that account but my free gmail account, both the
kiddos are iPhone'rs

I'm probably just going to move it to one of my domain hosts.

Goog is being greedy here and will end up shooting themselves in the foot.
I just read that you can get everything but email and half the storage for
free.  Bring your own email service.  This creates an inflection point
where they are forcing people to re-evaluate their usage of what was free
and is now a cost.  They are not going to like the results.

On Sat, Feb 5, 2022 at 10:12 AM Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:

> Not sure who has heard about the plan, but Google is changing the terms of
> the free G-Suite service this year:
> https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/google-tells-free-g-suite-users-pay-up-or-lose-your-account/
> I signed up for it near the beginning - it's how I host the Linder.org
> email and use GMail for the actual mail processing.
> Over the years I've set up a handful of emails on this for my wife, kids,
> and parents, and only used the Google docs/spreadsheet/etc. lightly.  If
> nothing happens with the change, I'll now have a $42/month bill for their
> services - it's not "break the bank" level, but still, $500/year is pretty
> hard to get past the family financial controller (e.g. wife).
> We're an Android family, and all of our devices are registered with our @
> linder.org email.  They haven't said what happens to our devices and
> purchases if we let the @linder.org link with Google expire.
> So I have two comments for the greater OLUG group:
> 1: If you're concerned, please take some time to fill out their survey
> about this:
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeY9yv4WGCHvOiJN4tgt3SdsunaVBoT_6rN8un9Q4_lzBKGeA/viewform
> *(It's only one question, so reading an "it'll take you X minutes" comment
> takes longer than filling it out...)*
> 2: I've been looking a bit at other email providers (Microsoft O365,
> ProtonMail, etc).  Transferring might be a pain, but I'm willing to change
> to another hosted provider if I'm being forced to by Google anyway.  And
> there are enough options available now (vs 15 years ago) that I can be a
> bit more selective.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where they might
> have a domain hosted that has a decent email web experience (mail filters,
> good spam filtering, etc)?
> Thoughts?
> Dan
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Jeff Hinrichs
dundeemt at gmail.com

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