Google started by offering 100 of free email accounts, then 50, then 10 and as of today zilch. My customers are mostly very small businesses and they appreciated Google Apps services.
Google Apps Free Edition
Starting on December 6, 2012, Google will no longer offer new accounts for the free edition of Google Apps. Google Apps free edition is sometimes referred to as "Standard Edition."
More [here or [URL="http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2012/12/changes-to-google-apps-for-businesses.html"]here](http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&hlrm=en&answer=2855120)