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PointStar Offering Free Services to Help Singapore Businesses Cope with Google Apps Price Changes

Singapore, Singapore, December 15, 2012 --( PointStar Pte Ltd, a Google partner, is offering its Google Apps setup and deployment services to small businesses in Singapore for free in response to a recent change in pricing for Google Apps, Google’s cloud-based business email & productivity suite.

In a post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog, Google announced that it will no longer be offering the free version of Google Apps to new registrants. This change is effective from the date of the announcement, 6th December 2012. This means that companies or organisations will have to pay US$50 per user per year if they wish to continue using Google Apps beyond the trial period, without any option to downgrade to the free ‘Standard Edition’.

However, this change has no impact on existing Google Apps customers, even those using the free version, if they had signed up before 6th December 2012.

Foreseeing how this change could impact small businesses with less than 10 employees that might have otherwise considered moving their emails to the free version of Google Apps, PointStar CEO, Justin Lee, said, “Being a startup ourselves, we understand how even small pricing changes in the IT services that small businesses tend to take for granted can impact our bottom lines. Which is why we’ve decided to help small businesses in Singapore cope with this price change by offering our US$129 Google Apps setup and deployment services at no cost to businesses needing 10 email accounts or less.”

He also added that, “With the IRAS PIC scheme that now includes cloud computing as one of the qualifying activities, Singapore businesses are truly more fortunate than their Asian and global counterparts, to have these opportunities to leverage on the Cloud to gain a competitive edge in their industries, especially in these challenging times.”

The free service that PointStar will be providing is for small businesses to get on board Google Apps. This would include licence provisioning and activation, email account setup and domain configurations. Due to resource limitations, limiting their free service to businesses that require 10 email accounts or less. This is so that PointStar is able to offer this service to as many small businesses in Singapore as possible, as, according to Justin, “SMBs are the majority of companies in Singapore and form the backbone of this country’s workforce.”

PointStar is a Singapore Google Apps partner that became Asia’s first Google Apps Authorised Reseller in 2009. After helping over 300 companies and organisations as well as over 75,000 users to the Cloud, PointStar became one of the first in Asia to earn the Google Apps Premier SMB Reseller badge, a distinction given only to those partners of Google that have been exceptional in serving their Google Apps customers.

PointStar includes, among others, HSR Property Group, Dennis Wee Group, Park Hotel Group, Food Junction and ICPAS in their A-list of Google Apps customers.
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