After a lengthy free period of constant downtime and unreliability, ChatGPT has opened up its paid Plus plan to more people and wanting to see what the difference was between Plus and free, I signed up.
For some, USD 20 might be too much to reconcile in this current economic climate. If you use ChatGPT as part of your daily tasks like some do, then $20 might be pretty valuable. If you’re a hobbyist user or just curious, $20 might be a cost you’ll have to weigh against your coffee budget.
So, what do you get in ChatGPT for your twenty dollars?
- Increased reliability (responses don’t stop part way through because the servers are overloaded)
- Faster responses
- Higher limits (I seemingly hit the hourly rate a lot easier on the free version)
Here is the thing about ChatGPT Plus, it just feels better. I know it’s hardly a scientific answer, but everything feels faster, and the responses even feel more detailed and accurate (although that could be a side effect of the increased response speed). The reliability is better. Say goodbye to the constant downtime and responses cutting out part way through.
The increased speed, because of the default ChatGPT Plus exclusive turbo option (which is just called default now), gives you 2.5x faster responses.
And one thing with the free version of ChatGPT, I found myself hitting the free hourly limits more than you would expect. If you only need minimal use from it, then free might be fine (if the servers are not melting). However, I have not encountered any hourly limitations with the Plus-paid version.
One thing that ChatGPT does, regardless of whether you’re a paid or non-paid subscriber, it has a response limit. Inevitably for lengthy responses, you’ll notice it finishes but doesn’t complete its response. I have a blog post about this here.
For some, Plus will be a hard sell. Although, if you’re using it to be more efficient in your job (I know many content writers are using it) and if it helps you save $20 in time quantified calculations, the subscription has paid for itself.
I would imagine over time, as ChatGPT gets better, Plus subscribers will have first dibs on new features and improvements before paid users will.
I am interested in hearing your use-cases for ChatGPT, free or paid version. It’s super-impressive technology, but I’m not sure what I’d actually use it for?
The free usage account is to be honest next to useless, correction useless!
Have never been able to actually try it out due to it being too busy and timing out.
Or maybe the AI just doesn’t like me – so its clearly not that intelligent!