As of Feb.1, ChatGPT offers a paid subscription model called ChatGPT Plus. With the chatbots skyrocketing popularity, it was only a matter of time before OpenAI rolled out a paid subscription model.
The pro plan gives users general access even during peak times when the free version is at capacity, which lately, has been pretty often. Users will also experience faster response times and have priority access to new features and improvements. The premium services does come at a cost of $20/month.
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The launch of a paid version had been rumored for some time before the official release. In January, OpenAI announced on its Discord server that it was considering to start charging for ChatGPT with a version called ChatGPT Professional.
OpenAI uploaded a waitlist for access to the pro service on Discord. The waitlist outlined that the new service would provide users with service that is always available (no blackout windows), fast responses from ChatGPT, and unlimited messages. While the cost for this service has not been announced, one of the survey questions on the waitlist form asks what price per month the user would consider paying for ChatGPT Pro.
An early access user, shared a video on Twitter running a test prompt on the pro version that ran much quicker than the free version the rest of the public has access to. In the video, Khawaja showed his subscription cost, was $42/month. Now we know the actual cost OpenAI set for this plan is a little more than half less of the early access user's cost.