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Google Meet extends unlimited meetings on free plans until 31st March 2021 (Updated)

By Cookie Monster - on 30 Sep 2020, 4:14pm

Google Meet to limit meetings on free plans to 60 mins from 1 Oct

Note: We previously reported Google Meet was limiting its unlimited call timing for free users, but it turns out only G Suite customers are affected. Report has been updated.

Unlimited-length meetings on Google Meet will not be available after 30th September. 

Earlier this year, Google Meet was made free for everyone and meetings of up to 100 people can be organised with no time limit. This promotion was supposed be valid only till 30th September.

Google has just announced that they are now extending the free use of unlimited Google Meet calls for all free Gmail accounts (read as consumer accounts) till 31st March 2021. Though Google coins it as 'unlimited' Google Meet call timing, technically, it is capped at 24 hours - which is probably more than anyone ever needs (unless perhaps you're putting together a 3,000-piece Lego build).

Business customers using G Suite and G Suite Essentials will however see the unlimited Google Meet calls curtailed to 60 minutes of free use. Additionally, advanced video conferencing features of G Suite and G Suite Essentials will also end after 30th September. These advanced features include meetings of up to 250 participants and handling live streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain.

Having said that, Google did share that new customers interested in trying G Suite essentials will be offered a free trial period to experience all the G Suite features. This trial will be available starting from 1st October.

Source: The VergeGoogle