Golioth expands its free tier for developers with unlimited IoT devices, OTA updates, 1GB bandwidth

When we first wrote about the Golioth IoT development platform with ESP32 and nRF9160 devices support in 2022, we noted they offered a free Dev Tier account for up to 50 devices, 10 MB of LightDB data with a 7-day retention policy, and other limitations.

The company has now decided to remove many of the limitations from the free developer tier without any limit to the number of IoT devices and also added other benefits:

  • Unlimited Device Connections: Empowering developers to scale projects without constraints.
  • Over-the-air (OTA) Device Firmware Updates (DFU) with 1GB monthly bandwidth
  • 1,000,000 Monthly Log Messages up to 200MB
  • Free data retention
    • Time series – 30 days
    • Logs: 14 days

Golioth IoT platform unlimited devices

The main limitations compared to paid plans are that only one project can be created and a single seat (single loading) is available, so it’s not possible to have a team of users with different permissions like in the Team or Enterprise paid plans, which makes sense for a developer account. Support is different as well since only community support is provided for the free developer tier, and you would not get a dedicated engineer from Golioth working on your deployment.

A free account may still be charged if the OTA update bandwidth and logging storage limits are exceeded with additional usage charged at $0.35/MB for OTA downloads and $0.20/MB for logging. The company also charges for data ingestion and routing with data streamed through Golioth at $1/GB to LightDB Stream and $0.40/MB for data streamed out to third-party services.

The company explains they dropped their 50 IoT devices limit due to “sleepy devices” such as soil sensors that often operate with minimal data transmission, and to grow the IoT developer community making use of the Golioth IoT platform. If you’d like to give it a try, you can do so on the Golioth website after checking out whether your IoT devices are supported.

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4 months ago

“A free account may still be charged”

No thanks. Too many horror stories about people losing a lot of money, because of simple mistakes or DDoS, to greedy cloud services that intentionally didn’t implement automatic limits.

4 months ago

You can’t be more right. Drop it like it’s 🔥.

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4 months ago

400$ per GB…

For that rate I can subscribe to an inmarsat satcom service 😀

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