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OpenAI Release Pilot of Subscription ChatGPT

by Roveen Anyango
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  • OpenAI launches ChatGPT Plus
  • Subscription will be $20 a month
  • Free ChatGPT to continue being available

After weeks of anticipation, OpenAI, has finally released its premium ChatGPT, available for $20 a month.

However, as for right now, the ChatGPT Plus, as the subscription model is known, is only available in the U.S.

In a statement on their blog, OpenAI, however, said that in the coming weeks, they would begin the process of inviting people on its waitlist as they looked to expand into other regions and countries soon.

“ChatGPT is available to customers in the United States, and we will begin the process of inviting people from our waitlist over the coming weeks,” says the statement.

Benefits of ChatGPT Plus

After weeks of reported benefits of the ChatGPT Plus and the company has confirmed that the ChatGPT Plus will offer several benefits, among them:

  • Access to ChatGPT even during peak times
  • Faster response times
  • Priority when it comes to accessing new improvements and features

Free ChatGPT Down

The release of the ChatGPT Plus comes at a time when the free ChatGPT is experiencing overwhelming traffic to the point of being inaccessible for hours and even days on end. In their statement, however, OpenAI said that they would continue with the free access.

“We love our free users and will continue to offer free access to ChatGPT,” the company said.

Research gone well

ChatGPT was launched in 2022 as a research preview for OpenAI and has grown from strength to strength with each subsequent update, which came from feedback from the millions of users trying it out. However, after much traction, OpenAI is under pressure to turn in a profit, especially after Microsoft made an multi-million dollar investment into the project.

OpenAI projects to make $200 million from the project in 2023 and Microsoft is planning on integrating the OpenAI text-generating bot into Bing, their search engine, hoping to make it compete with Google.

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