The tech giant Google expanded its Google Meet availability earlier this year to everyone who had a free Gmail account that could enable users across the globe to have access to free Meet Video chat service with premier features at no cost. This generous window of free unlimited call time was announced in April, as Google tried to catch up on the fast rise of Zoom and help combat the spread of coronavirus was to expire after 30 September 2020. However, this is not the case and free Gmail users should not worry about the limits that were to be put in place as Google has extended their access to free unlimited Meet calls until 21st March 2021.
“As we look ahead to a holiday season with less travel and important milestones like family reunions, PTA meetings and weddings hosted over the video, we want to continue helping those who rely on Meet to stay in touch over the coming months. As a sign of our commitment, today we’re continuing unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version through March 31, 2021, for Gmail accounts.” Samir Pradhan, Group Product Manager, Google Meet, Said in an official Google Blog post.
Google also confirmed to The Verge that September 30th also marks when G Suite and G Suite for Education customers are set to lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features, such as hosting meetings with up to 250 participants and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive. That free access is not being extended for G-Suite users and G-Suite for Education.