One of my favorite web services, jott.com, which I recently blogged about has come out of beta and has unveiled their pricing plans. I don’t feel like going into the details of their prices, but the basic concept that they have is that there is a free service (ad-supported), a low-price for some basic functionality, and a premium plan with extra features.
This business model seems to be the norm for web startups. Launch as a private beta, build a following of users who fall in love with the service, then come out of beta with different price points. I’m not sure how good of a model it is, but it’s fairly popular so it probably works.
As for me I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to pay for the service. It’s been convenient, but I haven’t been paying yet.