freemium

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of free and premium

Adjective[edit]

freemium (not comparable)

  1. Offering basic services for free while charging a premium for advanced or special features.
    • 2008, Darren Herman, Coloring Outside the Lines
      When framing a business model within the consumer Internet space, we may hear about advertising-supported, freemium, subscription, or a hybrid model.
    • 2008, Scott Allen, The Emergence of the Relationship Economy
      Regarding premium services, both the "freemium" model (free basic service with a premium service offered on a subscription basis) and the free trial model...
    • 2008, Tom Hayes, Jump Point: How Network Culture is Revolutionizing Business
      Venture capitalist and blogger nonpareil Fred Wilson calls it the "freemium" business model: "Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers efficiently through word of mouth...

Noun[edit]

freemium (countable and uncountable, plural freemiums)

  1. (countable) A product that is offered free of charge and supported by sales of a premium version.
    • 2010, Khaled Elleithy, Tarek Sobh, & Magued Iskander, Technological Developments in Networking, Education, and Automation, ISBN 9048191513, page 3:
      Most consumer-level cloud offerings would be labeled a freemium, which is a free version that is supported by a paid, premium version.
  2. (uncountable) A business model that relies on offering a free version and charging for a premium version.
    • 2015, Robbie Kellman Baxter, The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue, ISBN 007183933X, page 86:
      So the only thing left would be using fremium as a means of gaining trial, with the potential to up-sell to a paid subscription.

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