I mentioned a month ago or so how Kikutext, the web-based texting service that I was hoping to use for class, had introduced a free tier and a pay tier, the former of which limited the number of classes, students, and texts. Well, I just received an email that they are limiting the free account even further:

“The new free tier will allow for 2 classes, 15 parents, and up to 60 messages/month and will go into effect late Tuesday (9/4/12) evening. We understand that this new free tier is more limiting than you were expecting, but please know it is absolutely necessary so we can continue to keep Kikutext in operation as we work towards a better solution for everyone. We ask that if you like the product to please consider upgrading to pro (which will remain unchanged) to help us cover the cost of the system. As a bonus we’ve recently added the highly request email notification feature to the pro tier, so whenever a parent sends you a message you will get an email, instead of having to manually check your kikutext inbox throughout the day.

Our goal has been and will always be to provide a great tool for teachers and parents that is acessible and easy to use. Although this change will make using the product difficult for some users, it is a temporary situation.  We are currently developing a solution that is far less costly to operate and will support many great features that users like you have requested, so stick with us. It will only get better.”

15 parents (which for me will be students) won’t work, so looks like a no go on Kikutext until the ‘far less costly’ solution that they mention. I hope to stick with them, but am a bit bummed that it won’t work this year.