We here at Android Police have a thing for Pushbullet. You could even call it a crush. Not everyone on the team uses it, but we and many of our readers agree that it's a solid service. You get to send text, links, images, and notifications from one device to another with minimal effort.
But the persistent question remained: How was Pushbullet going to monetize the service? Now we know. The company has rolled out a new paid plan costing $5 a month. Folks who already know they're hooked can save money by paying $40 annually instead.
Before now, Pushbullet has relied on angel investors. This move is an effort to bring revenue into the equation without introducing ads or selling your data, as free services often do. Unfortunately some formerly free features will now require payment.
You will now need a paid plan to use universal copy and paste, sharing your clipboard across devices. Both free and paid plans can mirror notifications, but only the latter will let you take an action on them like archiving an email. Free accounts are limited to 100 messages a month, while pro accounts are unlimited.
Free accounts limit the files you send to 25MB, but Pro customers will be able to send up to 1GB. Free users can store 2GB of stuff altogether, while those who pay can save 100GB.
You can sign up for Pro today, but Pushbullet won't charge anyone until December 1st. Everything will remain available for free until that time.
- Pushbullet blog