Most online services work on a freemium model – they offer free accounts for basic users but some of the premium features of the service are only available to people who willing to pay a yearly (or monthly) subscription fee.

Here are some examples that come to mind.

  • MailChimp, the email newsletter service, lets you send up to 12,000 emails per month for free but for sending emails to a bigger list, you need to subscribe to a monthly plan.
  • LastPass, the online password manager, is completely free but you can get rid of the ads and also get to use LastPass on your mobile phone for a low monthly subscription.
  • Evernote is also free but the premium version displays no ads and also lets you download notebooks on a mobile phone for offline access.
  • Online storage services like Google Docs, SkyDrive or Dropbox are free but should you run out of storage space, you can add more Gigabytes for a monthly fee.
  • You mostly have to pay for web hosting and for domain registrations and renewals.
  • Some other popular online apps / services that follow the freemium model include Skype, Flickr, Remember the Milk, CrashPlan, Xbox Live, Vimeo, Hulu, Amazon Prime, SoundCloud, LinkedIn, Box, SlideShare, Google Apps, InstaPaper, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Github, Amazon S3, Internet Fax, and more.

What Premium Web Services Would You Pay For?

I have a quick question for you – what are your five most favorite premium web apps that you are currently subscribed to or wouldn’t mind paying for in the future.

Put your responses in this Google Form and you would win an Evernote gift card that will upgrade your basic Evernote account to the premium version (a $45 value).

Evernote Giveaway – The Rules

There are no rules or requirements, you don’t have to send tweets or like any Facebook page to participate and you can be based anywhere in the world.

Just make sure that you only mention services that offer paid options – for example, Twitter and a majority of these useful websites won’t qualify as they are absolutely free. Good luck!

Thank you Pranav Shah for the idea and Troy Malone for providing the Evernote gift cards.