Evernote, the seemingly unstoppable incumbent in note-taking apps on mobile, has today announced changes to their pricing structure, including changes to the very popular free tier.
The pricing for the Premium and Plus plans are both going up, with the monthly price for Premium rising from $5.99USD to $7.99USD per month, or from $56.99 to $89.99 per year, while the Plus plan rises from $2.99USD to $3.99USD per month, or from $29.99 to $49.99 per year.
Premium and Plus users get additional space to store their note, as well as getting access to forwarding emails and attachments for storage. Premium users also get the bonus of 10GB of notes per month, as well as the option to ‘Find text buried inside Office docs. Annotate PDFs. Discover connections between notes, turn business cards into phone contacts’.
Now for the big news, the free tier of Evernote is about to change massively with restrictions on the amount of devices your notes will sync between reduced to just two types – or as Evernote put it: ‘you can access notes on up to two devices, such as a computer and phone, two computers, or a phone and a tablet, as well as on the web, so you can continue to take your notes with you throughout your day.’
The changes won’t be put into effect immediately, with Evernote advising that only new subscribers will see the changes take effect immediately. Current users will see a notice in their Evernote within 2 weeks, with paid customers seeing a change on their next bill that falls after August 15th.
The limitation of devices on the free tier means that many people will either consider paying for the service – or more likely, swap their notes into a competing free service like Google Keep.
Evernote has said they don’t want to resort to selling your data, or placing ads in the app to maintain their revenue, hence the price increase – which they are more than entitled to do. Whether people stick to the service is another question though.
Will you be sticking with Evernote after the changes come into effect?