Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Evernote Changes Pricing Plans
Evernote today announced changes it to various pricing plans.
They maintain a free plan, and are now limiting use of Evernote to two devices. Uploads are capped at 60 megabytes a month.
The Evernote Plus level is $3.99/month or $34.99/year.
It offers a full gigabyte of uploads a month, and unlimited devices. And it supports offline use.
Evernote Premium is $7.99/month or $69.99/year and gives you all that, and indexes Word and PDF documents. Its photo capabilities includes turning business cards into contacts, and use their presentation abilities.
Check out this page for comparison of the various plans.
Initial reactions at Reddit.com are leaning negative. If the comments are truly representative, and not just the dissatisfied commenting first, Evernote might be in trouble.
Personally, I feel the Evernote Plus level is suitable for most, and the price is not unreasonable. And the Basic level is suitable to introduce new users, and suitable for light weight users.
Most of the dissatisfied users are staying they will now move to Microsoft's OneNote, already a part of their Office subscriptions.
Microsoft does have a tool for importing Evernote notes into OneNote.
Another Reddit post from just yesterday reports a user who made the move from Evernote to OneNote, only to move back.
It will be interesting to see how this works out for Evernote.
Update: Looking at Evernote Forums, it appears the web interface may not count towards the two device limit in the Basic plan.
Looking over comments on the web, the people maddest about this were Free plan users upset by the two device limit. My only thought is when you use a product for free, you have to expect you are not a company's priority. For me, $4 a month for the Plus plan is reasonable, $8 is worth it to me for the OCR (Optical Character Reading) of PDFs and Word Documents.
As a comparison, a free tier of service I use that costs $9 a month that has significantly less value to me than Evernote, so I will use the free service for now. Should they eliminate one day, that is their business decision to do so.
Some Premium users are upset at what is really a 40% price increase.
I'll mirror the thoughts of one user who said he would be interested to see in the next year what technology improvements Evernote will be adding.