When the lockdown was imposed across the globe, businesses and schools turned to online systems.
Video conferencing software has increased in popularity and demand due to this current setup.
Google Meet is one of those software that experienced an increase in traffic. The good thing about it is that Gmail users have enjoyed the free unlimited group video calls.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Google Meet is no exception.
Google is now capping Meet’s unlimited group video calls for free users.
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Google Meet will no longer offer unlimited group video calls to free users
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gmail users have taken advantage of Google Meet’s free unlimited group video calls.
Users haven’t worried about being cut off from a call and needing to start a new meeting again. And it has now been a little over a year that users have benefitted from it.
Sadly, this privilege will no longer be available to free users. Starting this month, Google is capping the unlimited group video calls.
April of last year, when Meet became available for all users, Google said it would not set a 60-minute time limit on calls until September 30 of the same year.
The deadline was later extended to March 30, 2021, and again to June 30.
The last date turned out to be the last. Now, Google Meet users with free Gmail accounts are limited to group video calls of up to one hour in duration.
If you wish to go longer than that, users will have to sign up for a subscription at a starting price of $7.99 per month.
Luckily, there are other alternative software that offers video calls with longer call periods; however, it’s harder to convince all participants to jump ship, right?
In the image shown above, Meet free users are still offered unlimited video calls that only have one other user as a participant. And also, they are entitled to an unlimited number of meetings.
If you are one of those free users, you still can experience lots of features such as live captions, versatile layouts, and the ability to join a meeting even with a web browser.
Dial-in numbers and breakout rooms are only limited to subscribers.
Even if restrictions worldwide have eased down, there is still a strong demand for video conferencing software.
Users are fine with the unlimited one-on-one calls. However, if it involves a much larger group, the cap can get annoying.
Regardless of whether it is for a business setup, online school, or just a personal catching-up with your friends and family, 60 minutes is not enough.
You can always create a new meeting, but let’s admit it, that gets annoying after a couple of tries.