The “freemium” business model is very popular among tech companies today. A freemium model is one where a company offers most features of a service for free, but also offers additional features for a price, often in the form of paid premium accounts. Some services offer so many features as part of a free account, that I wonder what the incentive is for users to get a paid account. I suspect the idea is one of pure numbers – if the free version is so useful that it attracts a gazllion users, a company only needs a very small percentage of those users to actually purchase the premium version.
Off the top of my head, the services that I pay for are Evernote, Toodledo, Lastpass, and Xmarks. What freemium services or apps have you found to be so useful, that you shelled out money for a paid version? Or maybe you didn’t even need the premium version, but wanted to support the developers? Let us know in the comments, below. If we get enough of a response identifying popular freemium services, we’ll run a poll in the future to see which paid services are the most popular.