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In February 2023, OpenAI launched a premium subscription plan for ChatGPT called ChatGPT Plus. This paid tier costs $20 a month, and with CEO Sam Altman planning another paid tier, users of the free version are asking “will Chat GPT always be free?” OpenAI even released a statement confirming they will “continue to offer free access” to the AI chatbot. But, will it always be free?
Is ChatGPT free?
Is ChatGPT free to use forever?
This is very tough to predict. OpenAI originally started off as a non-profit company, offering its products and code for free to the public.
Non-profit OpenAI, Inc. and the for-profit subsidiary corporation OpenAI, L.P. now co-exist as separate entities. The latter enables the firm to take profits, which diverges from their original mission, calling ChatGPT’s ‘free forever’ status into question. Thankfully, we now have our answer.
Will ChatGPT always be free?
Yes, based on all statements from the AI research firm, we conclude that ChatGPT will always be free to use. There will be caveats, of course, because the paid tiers need to offer something that the free version doesn’t.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman took to Twitter in December 2022 to confirm early on that ChatGPT would need to be monetised. The AI firm co-founder has in more recent interviews reassured that there will always be a free plan alongside the premium subscriptions.
we will have to monetize it somehow at some point; the compute costs are eye-wateringSam Altman, OpenAI CEO
How much does Chat GPT cost?
Alongside the original free service, OpenAI has recently released a paid subscription plan called Chat GPT Plus.
The new subscription service grants you general access to Chat GPT, even during busy times. According to OpenAI, you will also gain other exclusive benefits, including “faster response” times and “priority access to new features and improvements”.
Will you ever have to pay for ChatGPT?
No, you will never have to pay for ChatGPT. However, you can choose to pay for a more premium version, called ChatGPT Plus.
If you are interested, the plan starts at $20 a month (in the US) or £16 a month (in the UK). OpenAI is looking to expand the service to other regions and countries around the world. However, it is currently unclear which regions these will be.
How much does Chat GPT compute cost?
It is not entirely certain how much Chat GPT costs to run, however, many people online have speculated. Goldstein, a Professor at Maryland, took to Twitter to share his predictions. He suggests the model could cost a whopping $3 million a month (or $100k a day) to run!
But, that is just the running costs. If you were to consider the added costs from building leases, staff wages, and other expenses, the real figure may actually be double this.
Due to the popularity of the tool, these running costs have been increasing. OpenAI even released a paid Chat GPT plan to combat this – and it is no surprise.
Will Chat GPT always be free? Well, we don’t really know. However, for now, it is safe to say that Chat GPT will remain free.
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