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.
Reading this comforted me. I never expected Google to make a free service to become fee based and force its users to pay. It is really nice of them to let those free Apps users keep their account. Otherwise I was looking for at least 50$ a year, or most probably getting my own hosting (for double that price of course) but with many additional options.
This reminds me of the time Google bought Feedburner and somehow messed up some feedburner feeds’ names. Apologizing its customers, it sent them a nice package of mouse and pen. The package was not that important but the move; showing how much they appreciate their customers.