Is Paying for ChatGPT-4 Worth It Now That ChatGPT-4o Is Free?

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One of the biggest announcements that came with the recent release of ChatGPT-4o recently was that it would be available for free along with ChatGPT-3.5, which is already available for free.

Naturally, this news makes many question whether it’s still worth paying for GPT-4.

Performance and Capabilities

One of the biggest things to consider when choosing between free and paid subscriptions to ChtCPT is the overall performance.

While ChatGPT-4o is faster than ChatGPT-3.5 and ChatGPT-4, free users have limited access to it. After only a few prompts every few hours, you will need to rely on ChatGPT-3.5, which is much slower than ChatGPT-4. Paid users get more access to ChatGPT-4o and can choose between ChatGPT-3.5 and ChatGPT-4.

Plus members can send 80 messages every 3 hours on GPT-4o and 40 messages every 3 hours on GPT-4o, and they are less likely to face temporary blocks caused by high traffic.


While free users now have access to GPT-4o, giving the chatbot access to web browsing, and they can also upload files and even access custom GPTs, paid users get more benefits.

  • 5x more messages for GPT-4o.
  • Early access to all new features.
  • Upload files
  • Browse the web
  • Create Images with DALL•E
  • Build custom GPTs

Which Is Right for Me?

Casual users and hobbyists whose use of AI is infrequent or for less critical tasks can likely get away with the free version, at least until they notice that they are frequently reaching limits or need access to other features, like creating custom GPTs

Content creators and freelancers who rely heavily on AI for content generation might find the accuracy and advanced features of the Plus membership a better choice.

Developers and tech enthusiasts likely want to access the features available in the Plus membership.

Businesses may be better off using the Team and Enterprise plans, which are more expensive but have a higher limit on usage and even more features.

While ChatGPT-4.0’s free availability is a welcome addition to the AI landscape, the decision to stick with or switch from the paid plan ultimately depends on your specific needs.

For those seeking high performance, reliability, and advanced features, the paid version is a good choice. For users just getting started with minimal needs, the free plan is likely enough.

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