That's a good question.
I actually wouldn't expect anything besides that the contracts of the rates/services/plugins that were define at the signup aren't changed afterwards.
I want to have a 'workable' solution in the free segment. Gliffy for example reduces the amount of saveable diagrams to 5 and disables the sharing. But still I can paint all the diagrams I need. Now I am a paying customer
Nowadays I don't really use freemium besides tryouts for software. I even sponsor intellij/library plugin authors. So maybe I am not the best example for a 'free software user' anymore.
If a cloud company start providing a free tier even with limited resources they might go bankrupt within a few days 😂 unless they make the application sleep after a few hours just like Heroku.
There is already a website which provides a free plan to host your WordPress website for free with limited resources.
As far DigitalOcean is concerned, they might launch a special free tier plan for developers (by doing some verification process), because developers are awesome 😎.
I always wanted to host the Ghost blog for free 😋, if I could do that in a free plan, that would be great.
For a new-age cloud company, I'd expect the following in the free plan:
- Ability to setup a server quickly and for free. It can be a small server (512 MB).
- Ability to store some data in a S3-equivalent storage system. Again, I'd assume they would limit the data storage in the free plan.
- Ability to access and manage DNS. I would expect full control on the DNS even in the free plan.
- Be able to host a static website from the distributed storage directly. This would be a very smart move if available in the free plan. If they offer blog / site templates, that's killer.
- Git repository and direct hosting via GitOps. This is similar to the Heroku workflow and it's a great crowd puller. I'd assume they would put this in their free plan.
I understand that most providers already give this in their plans. Hence, this list may be a biased one.