We recently announced some changes to SparkPost pricing plans for our email delivery service. We’ve been absolutely thrilled with the response—it shows we’ve gotten the pricing model right.
Still, I know any change is sometimes confusing. So, I thought it might help to round up some some answers to questions I’ve been seeing on Twitter and in the SparkPost developer community Slack channel.
What are my pricing plan options for using SparkPost?
SparkPost offers several tiers of service, including a starter plan that offers 100,000 free emails per month. We also offer paid service plans for volumes above 100,000 messages per month or for senders who require customized services. Our pricing page has the details.
Are there any limitations to the SparkPost Free plan?
Customers who are subscribed to the SparkPost Free plan are capped at 100,000 emails per month and do not have access to a dedicated IP address. To send more than 100,000 emails per month, or to add the option of a dedicated IP address, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid sending package.
What if I exceed the monthly sending limit in my plan?
For paid subscribers, an overage fee will be incurred for each email that exceeds the sending volume monthly limit as stated on our pricing page and in your service agreement. If you know you are going to exceed your limit prior to sending, simply go to the settings tab in the control panel and choose “Upgrade” to select the new plan that best meets your increased sending volume needs.
Note that SparkPost Free customers are capped at 100,000 messages per month. To send more than 100,000 emails per month, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid sending package. Also, if you exceed the 100k free tier, SparkPost will stop accepting and return an error. Those messages are not queued. We provide a usage report in the UI so you can keep an eye on it.
Is the SparkPost Free plan a temporary promotion?
No. We’re in this for the long haul! We think the SparkPost Free plan is a win-win for our customers and for us. In fact, our CEO Philip Merrick has committed to honoring the free plan for any customer enrolled at that tier, for the life of that account.
Why is SparkPost offering such a generous free tier of service?
The short answer is that we love developers. We want to make is as easy as possible for up-and-coming businesses to get started with our service. Moreover, high-performance email delivery is core to SparkPost’s DNA. We know how to do it efficiently and at a scale no one else can match. Our CTO Alec Peterson recently explained how we can do it, and why SparkPost is uniquely suited to offer this level of free service.
What is SparkPost Elite?
SparkPost Elite gives the most demanding senders all the power of the SparkPost cloud email service in a dedicated environment with white-glove service and guaranteed peak sending rates. It also adds mobile text messaging or push notifications to the mix to extend your reach beyond email. If you send more than 2 million messages per month or have other specialized needs, please contact us to learn more.
I’m an existing SparkPost customer. Will my current plan change?
If you had been enrolled in an earlier version of SparkPost’s free service plan, your account automatically has been upgraded to the increased sending limits of SparkPost Free. If you are a customer on any of our paid tiers of service and wish to change to any of our current plans, please use the control panel in the SparkPost web app or contact SparkPost’s customer service team for assistance.
What are my options if I use the SparkPost Heroku email add-on?
Heroku developers can get the same, great 100,000 free emails per month as direct customers of our SparkPost Free plan. We’ve also added additional pricing tiers just for Heroku developers. You can learn more about the SparkPost Heroku email add-on in the Heroku Elements marketplace.
Who can I contact for more information?
P.S. Our pricing page gives answers to even more questions about account options and billing procedures.
Did I miss something or a question you’ve been wanting answered? Please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!
Whether you take us up on our 100K free emails per month plan, or a paid level of service, we’d really like to have you as a customer. Our entire SparkPost team is excited to help you to build something awesome with email!