A few months ago, we upgraded our pricing for a much simpler strict pay-as-you-go pricing. In short, we charge for every single forecasts retrieved from Lokad: the greater the number of forecasts, the larger the bill. Then, if no forecasts are retrieved during for a month, no charges are placed on your account.
This pricing evolution leads us to revise the notion of Free Trial as well, but in a more subtle way. Indeed, our old 30 days free trial was both not enough and too much in the same time:
- Not enough, because companies frequently need a few months to evaluate a new technology.
- Too much, because we did not previously put any usage limitation within the 30 days period (*).
As a consequence, we decided to go for a Free Trial with $30 of pre-paid services.
Simply put, when you open a Lokad account, your balance starts at $30 instead of zero (or the equivalent amount in other currencies). Hence, you will only get charged if you consume more than $30 worth of forecasts which represents almost 3000 forecasts.
Then, we haven't set any expiration policy on this pre-paid amount. Hence, if you open your account now, but only start using it in 3 months from now, the free trial amount will still be available.
(*) We did choose $30 as we think it's sufficient for the most situations. If your company require more than that to evaluate Lokad, don't hesitate to drop us an email, as we are usually extending this amount on simple requests.