Chat gpt is the most talked about online sensation that has shaken the whole of the AI space. If you haven’t used it yet and questions like “Is chat gpt free?” or “Who created/ made /developed chat gpt, are popping up in your mind before getting your hands on it, this post is going to be very helpful for you.
With a massive success in terms of no. of users soon after it was made available to the public, the chat gpt is going to be a game changer.
Though it has a long way to go and there could be many hurdles such as the huge cost of running chat gpt.
According to a report by First Post, chat gpt may go bankrupt by 2024 as the running cost of Chat gpt is around $700,000 every day.
This cost doesn’t include other tools that Open AI owns such as DALL-2, and GPT 4.
With that eye-watering operating cost, the question arises, will chat gpt be free?
Is Chat GPT Free to use?
This is the most important questions if you want to try out chat gpt for the first time.
The chat gpt was released in November 2022 and very quickly it has achieved 1 million registered users.
Within just five days, the chat gpt reached this milestone and kept adding users since then.
Yes, chat gpt is free currently for normal users.
It was launched free for all users and since then, it is free.
However, the company added a lot of new features, changed the layout, and added new functionalities since its launch.
The original chat gpt that was released in November 2022, was called chat gpt 3.5 and it is free till today.
After a few months, the company released Chat gpt – 4 which also goes by the name Chat gpt plus, which isn’t free.
There were rumors that the company Open AI is working on training gpt-5 and after its training gets completed by the end of 2023, the company will release gpt-5 within the first few months of 2024.
However, the CEO has ruled it out and said, they are currently working on improving the current gpt – 4 and there is no plan as such.
How to go about using Chat gpt for free?
The process is very simple and get it ready to use within seconds. There is no rocket science.
Here is a quick overview of using chat gpt for free.
- Register an account with ChatGPT
- Confirm your registration
- Verify your phone number.
- Login to your account with credentials.
- Type your first query.
Here are the things you need to keep handy if you are planning to use chat gpt right now. They are required for registration and confirming & verifying.
- A working Gmail, Apple, or Microsoft account (recommended). If you don’t have one, you can create one. Though you are allowed to use other e-mails as well.
- Laptop/ smartphone with an internet/data connection.
- A working phone number to verify the chat gpt account using OTP.
Here is the process to use chat gpt for free:
Step 1- Go to chat.openai.com and click on “sign up”
Step 2- If you are using Gmail/Apple/Microsoft account, you can use them for quick sign-up. If you don’t wish to use them, sign up by e-mail. Enter your e-mail and hit “Continue”
Step 3- Login to your e-mail account and look for a confirmation email from Open AI. Open the email and confirm your account.
Step 4- After e-mail confirmation, you will be asked to enter a mobile number. Enter the mobile number and an OTP will be generated.
Step 5- Enter OTP to verify a phone number.
Step 6- Login to your chat gpt account using credentials.
Step 7- Type your first query.
Is Chat GPT Free for Commercial Use?
There is a lot of debate going on about the user of chat gpt in commercial space. I couldn’t find the specific answer to the commercial use of chat gpt.
However, as per the discussion on the community forum, it is allowed for commercial use but with a lot of ifs & buts.
You need to confirm with your country’s laws and chat gpt commercial use guidelines before going ahead with chat gpt commercial use for free.
Also, the responses generated by chat gpt could be copyrighted to someone, and it is illegal to use the copyrighted content without proper credit or permission.
What is Chat GPT Plus?
Chat gpt is free like I said before but has certain limitations. It has a premium version as well that aids the financial needs of the company to keep this beautiful tool alive.
Chat GPT Plus or GPT -4 is a paid version that costs $20 per month. This is a recurring amount that a Plus subscriber has to pay to keep using chat gpt Plus.
Chat gpt plus users have several advantages such as the availability of tools even during peak hours when normal chat gpt users may face problems in accessing chat gpt.
The chat gpt plus users are given first preference for any new update.
Also, the responses generated with chat gpt plus are fast and better.
Apart from it, the plus users will have access to code interpreters, plugins, and browsers which are in the beta phase though.
Free Vs Paid –
The choice is yours, if you are looking to use chat gpt for light use and don’t want to spend money, you can use chat gpt for free.
With the chat gpt free version, you will have access to the basic gpt-3.5 version that has limitations, and standard speed while generating responses, and the updates will be available to you as when the company will release for free users.
However, as a paid member, you will have to pay $20/month but you will gain access to the latest GPT-4, the advanced version, priority access, access even during peak hours, and access to beta features like plugins, browsing, and code interpreter.
How long Chat GPT will be Free?
It is hard to say. However, in my view, the basic chat gpt -3.5 version will always remain free.
But since it has limitations, the benefits would be limited as well.
Who Created / Made Chat GPT?
The chat gpt was created by Open AI; an artificial research firm that was established back in 2015 together with Altman, Elon Musk, and other known personalities.
Open AI is a non-profit organisation and has several products such as DALL-E, GPT-4, etc. Check our other post on who owns chat gpt.