Proton has updated its logos and plans for Mail and VPN
Proton AG has updated its services under a unified design. The logos of all the company’s departments have been updated with a modern design. The icons are very similar to Google’s style. And as expected, Protonmail.com now redirects to Proton.me, which is the new brand identity.
Apart from the aesthetic improvements, there are some significant changes in the services it offers. Your @protonmail.com, @pm.me, @protonmail.ch email addresses and custom domains remain the same.
Proton’s New Plans
We won’t discuss the free tier as it hasn’t gained much. But, I must mention that free users can claim a [email protected] free e-mail address until June 8. If you missed the previous opportunity, go get your free alias now.
Let’s take a look at the prices and features of the paid plans. All users who were on a plan prior to May 25, 2022 have been upgraded to a new Proton plan that best matches the old plan, with no increase in fees. This also includes a bump in cloud storage space.
The fact is that Proton is applying a special discount to old users, to allow them to renew at the old rates. If a user decides to switch to another plan, they will have to forfeit this special discount. For example, if you want to upgrade from Plus to Unlimited, you will lose your discount.
Proton Visionary and Lifetime subscribers get a special upgrade, they get 3000 GB of storage space, i.e. 3 TB, on Proton Drive. You can use up to 100 email addresses on the service. It’s a great reward for supporting Proton.
There are 2 new plans from the company: Proton Unlimited and Proton Business. So in total there are 4 levels: Proton Free, Proton Mail Plus, Proton Unlimited and Proton Visionary.
Proton Mail Plus
This is the basic premium plan offered by Proton, and it costs the same as before, with prices starting at $4.99 per month, and going all the way up to $47.88 for a year (3, $99/month), or $83.76 for two years ($3.49/month). ). But the Mail Plus plan offers more benefits than before. Users get 15 GB of storage space (shared between Proton’s services), an additional 10 GB on top of the 5 GB they had before.
ProtonMail Plus allows subscribers to use up to 10 email addresses (previously 5), access Proton Drive and Proton Calendar and Bridge. Catch-all, which collects email from all addresses in your domain, is now available for Proton Plus users, this was previously locked in the Professional plan.
Proton’s unlimited plan offers the best of both worlds for email and VPN users. It grants 15 email addresses, Proton Drive, Calendar, Bridge and all premium VPN plan bonuses. It supports 1700 servers in over 60 countries, and no restrictions such as P2P downloads. To top it off, it also offers users a whopping 500 GB of cloud storage. Pricing for Proton Unlimited starts at $11.99/month, $119.88 for one year ($9.99/month), or $191.76 for two years ($7.99/month).
The Proton Business plans are essentially the same as the Mail Plus and Unlimited personal plans, but add more users and are therefore more expensive.
Proton Business, Family, and Visionary Plans
ProtonMail Professional plans have been migrated to Proton Business Essentials. It also means that there is a bigger price gap between the Mail Plus and Unlimited plans, so it’s sort of a price hike. Refer to my previous article for screenshots of old plans and their prices.
Proton Visionary plans are no longer available for purchase. ProtonMail has also discontinued its family plan. If you want to include more users in your plan, you will have to opt for the business plan, which is quite expensive per user. Speaking of which, add-ons are no longer available for personal plans, if you want to customize your plan, you need to upgrade to a Business plan.
Proton VPN plan price for new subscribers
Proton has discontinued its ProtonVPN Basic plan. Let’s say a user is just interested in VPN service (not email), he can no longer subscribe to ProtonVPN for $5 a month. But wait, that shows $5 a month, right? Not really, this option is only valid for 1 year subscription, because it costs $5/month per year, you will have to pay full amount for 12 months,
The new starter plan for the VPN service costs $9.99 per month. It sounds like a 100% price hike, but it’s only the old ProtonVPN Plus plan that’s being rebranded as the Basic Tier. Take a look at Mullvad VPN for example, they still offer VPN services at $5 per month.
Interestingly, users who were on ProtonVPN Basic plans were upgraded to Unlimited, so they have to pay $5 per month for Mail and VPN. But those who were on the Mail Plus and VPN Plus plan say they have to pay $12 for the same features. So there is definitely a bit of inconsistency when it comes to plan upgrades.
You can read Proton’s article to learn more about pricing. The design of the site is a bit too bright and colorful for my taste.
Are you happy with the new Proton prices? What do you think of the new design?