About two weeks ago I used the DreamHost panel to create a GMail account with my website’s domain name: firstname.lastname@example.org
I only created one GMail account. Up to 10 GMail accounts per private or small business domain name were free according to Google’s listed prices two weeks ago.
I have just received the following email from Google this evening:
Google Apps customer notice
The Google Apps Team email@example.com
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Hello from Google,
Here’s some important news about Google Apps—but don’t worry, there’s no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we’re making a change to the packages we offer.
Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.
Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.
You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog.
Thank you for using Google Apps.
Director, Google Apps
© 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Apps product or account.
I was planning to create a second GMail account through the DreamHost panel in January. I guess I will have to start looking for another option.