New York Times free access limits down to 10 articles a month starting April

By on Mar 21, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle Comments

New York Times announced on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, that free access will be limited down to 10 articles a month starting April, revealing that online subscribers have already reached almost 500,000.

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According to New York Times that day, free access at will be limited to 10 articles a month beginning next month as compared to the usual 20, and unlimited access will cost 99¢ for the first 4 weeks of digital subscription.

“This change will strengthen our ability to continue providing the world’s most insightful and investigative reporting in journalism today, as well as support the ongoing development of digital innovations and apps that make The Times an experience you won’t find anywhere else.” A statement reads at

As noted in the new payment scheme for the digital subscription, unlimited access to and the NYTimes smartphone apps usually cost $15 a month, unlimited access to and the NYTimes tablet app cost $20 a month, while all digital access costs $35 per month; with all of them now will only be 99¢ for the first 4 weeks.

Meanwhile, the newspaper company noted that it had around 454,000 paid subscribers to its various digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune as of Sunday, March 18, a year after it was introduced.

“We knew that readers placed a high value on our journalism, and we anticipated they would respond positively to our digital subscription packages.” Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company and publisher of The New York Times, was quoted in a press release.

“Our commitment to all of our subscribers, both print and digital, is that we will continue to invest in and evolve our journalism and our products, and we will remain a source of trustworthy news, information and high-quality opinion for many years to come.” Sulzberger added.

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