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Google Meet Now Enforces Group Call Length Limit For Free Gmail Users

Published by Slashdot on Wed, 14 Jul 2021


In light of COVID-19 driving all communication online, free Google Meet users with personal Gmail accounts could take advantage of group calls without a duration limit over the past year. That benefit ended at the start of this month and Google has detailed the new limitation. 9to5Google reports: When Meet became available for all users in April of 2020, Google said it wouldn't enforce a 60-minute time limit on calls until September 30. That deadline for group calls that could run all day long was later extended to March 31, 2021, and again to June 30. Google did not bump it again before July, and free Gmail users now have to live with one key group Meet limit. "Calls with 3 or more participants" are limited to 60 minutes. "Tip: At 55 minutes, everyone gets a notification that the call is about to end," says Google. "To extend the call, the host can upgrade their Google account. Otherwise, the call will end at 60 minutes." That said, one-on-one calls can continue to run for up to 24 hours on free and enterprise accounts. The upgrade mentioned by Google is the $9.99 per month Workspace Individual tier that just launched in five countries. If the hosts upgrade, calls can run for up to a day.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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