Proton is ready to increase the price of premium plans for new ProtonMail subscribers
Proton AG has announced that it is making some changes to its services. The company published an article about it a few days ago, but has since replaced it with a different version.
I compared both articles to gather the important information from them.
What are the upcoming changes to ProtonMail?
Proton wants to update its services with a uniform design to represent its brand. This “visual identity” will include new logos and colors by which users will recognize Proton services. The unified service will be accessible from the Proton.me domain. The company is switching to it to highlight the fact that it offers more than just mail services, it has ProtonDrive, Calendar, VPN, etc. It is quite similar to what Google does with its suite of web applications.
While your ProtonMail address will remain the same, any official communications including newsletters, notifications, password reset messages you receive from the company will use the @proton.me domain instead of @protonmail.com. So don’t be alarmed thinking you’ve received an email from a user impersonating the brand. Proton emails always have a star to indicate that they are sent by the company.
The original article stated that Proton will redirect users accessing Protonmail.com, mail.protonmail.com, calendar.protonmail.com, etc. to their respective Proton.me domains. This will only affect new user sessions, meaning users who are already logged into their accounts will remain on the .com domain. ProtonVPN will also remain on protonvpn.com for now, but will also be updated in the future. The unified service will allow users to add events in their emails to their calendar, and files you have stored on Proton Drive can be sent as attachments simply by linking them.
And now for the important changes regarding the Premium subscription plans.
Upcoming changes to the proton plans
After listening to user feedback, Proton says it won’t be changing the prices of plans for existing subscribers. It’s worth mentioning that the original announcement caused a bit of confusion, as it didn’t mention whether this price increase would affect renewals, but the updated post confirmed that existing subscribers can renew their plan at current prices. This basically confirms that new users will have to pay a higher rate than the current rates.
The original article also mentioned that Proton users who subscribe to ProtonMail and ProtonVPN will be automatically upgraded to a new package that also includes Proton Drive and Proton Calendar, and that this upgrade will be free. But that statement has been removed in the new article, it now says “all plans will be upgraded to provide more storage and features for our existing subscribers.” This probably includes Drive and Calendar.
Here are the current prices for ProtonMail and ProtonVPN for reference.
I didn’t save a screenshot of the original ad or the page itself to a web archive, but my RSS reader saved an offline copy of the contents. I used the text from him to upload the text to a privacy friendly site. site paste bin. You can read it and compare it to the current post on the proton site. It is important because the new article seems to lack information.
Proton intends to roll out the updates to its services this week, but has yet to reveal pricing for its new premium plan.
What is your view on this? Will you keep current prices by signing up for a plan now?