OpenAI launches ChatGPT Plus, a new subscription service

The premium version of the popular AI chatbot is cheaper than some previously anticipated.
Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer
Reviewed by Kelsey Adams
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If you're a fan of ChatGPT but tired of finding the AI chatbot "at capacity," you're in luck. 

OpenAI, the company behind the buzzy new tool, is launching ChatGPT Plus, a paid subscription service that will give you general access to ChatGPT even during peak times. The service also promises faster response times, as well as priority access to new features and improvements. 

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ChatGPT Plus is launching as a pilot program and will be available to customers in the US for $20 per month. OpenAI will be inviting people from its waitlist over the coming weeks, with broader availability in additional countries coming soon after.

The program is cheaper than some were expecting -- an early access user had shared a video of the paid version, revealing a subscription cost of $42 per month.

OpenAI said it will continue to offer a free version of ChatGPT. Additionally, the company said in a blog post: "We are actively exploring options for lower-cost plans, business plans, and data packs for more availability."

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For developers who want to integrate the chatbot's capabilities into their own products, OpenAI will soon launch a ChatGPT API (you can find the waitlist here).

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