Google Meet, the company’s group video chat alternative for platforms like Zoom, will continue to offer free, unlimited use until the end of June, the company announced. This is the latest extension to unlimited free usage, which Google introduced last year for standard Gmail users who suddenly found themselves having to work and socialize remotely.
Google Meet is a video conferencing platform that allows users to participate in individual video chats, as well as group chats with a large number of people. Although the platform already had a free option for users, it was limited in a way that did not work for those who were working or studying at home.
To get unlimited 24-hour group video chats, you would have to sign up for Google Workspace Essentials for $ 8 / month. Google waived that requirement last year, however, and originally intended to end its free, unlimited use for standard Gmail users at the end of last year.
The company has extended that deadline and has now passed it again, this time until June 2021. There is a good reason for Google to continue offering free use, of course, and not just for its users – many people are likely to still be working and studying at home. until June, and removing unlimited access can take them to other services.
Once things are back to the way they used to be, standard free users will be limited to calls to one-hour group meetings, although individual calls are available 24 hours a day. The number of meetings is unlimited at all price levels, including the free level.