Google extends free unlimited video calls on Meet until March 2021

Google extends free unlimited video calls on Meet until March 2021

The option of video meetings with no time limit has been extended by another six months even for those who do not have subscriptions linked to the Gmail profile

Google Meet (source: Google) Google has decided to extend until March 2021 the ability to make video calls without time limits on your Meet platform. Unlike what was announced during the first months of the pandemic, after September 30, the platform will not limit the duration of video calls to 60 minutes for free accounts.

“As we have noticed, this holiday season has seen fewer trips but more important milestones, such as family reunions, teacher-parent meetings and video-hosted weddings ”, writes Samir Pradhan, Google Meet Group Product Manager on the dedicated blogpost. “We want to continue helping those who rely on Meet stay connected over the coming months. As a sign of our commitment, today we will continue to allow unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version until March 31, 2021 for Gmail accounts ”, continues Pradhan.

The extension gives a sigh a relief to all Gmail users who, despite not having a paid G-suite account, were able to use Meet to organize their video chats for free, taking advantage of the privileges normally dedicated to paying users.

Google initially announced that the period in which to use the full potential of Meet for free would end on September 30, but has now decided to postpone the expiration date by six months. Unfortunately, however, G-Suite and G-Suite for Education customers will lose free access to some advanced features that Google Meet had made available to them until the end of September. The hosting of meetings with up to 250 participants and the ability to save meeting recordings on Google Drive are once again paid for. Also for these customers the maximum number of users that can be hosted in a video call will be 50 (49 users plus an administrator).

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