In a post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog (http://googleenterprise.blogspot.sg/
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.”
Businesses that wish to take advantage of this service from PointStar can visit their website at http://www.CloudGeek.net/
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.