Chai is a popular app for chatting with AI robots. It’s free to download and easy to use, but does part of the experience cost money?
Chai is a popular new application for chatting with AI robots. Downloading and using the app is quite simple, but is it free? The smartphone app landscape is fascinating to watch. While the big names like TikTok and Instagram have a constant presence, there are other smaller apps that seem to explode out of nowhere. In 2022 alone, Locket Widget, NoteIt, and the Prequel app all went viral on social media and became some of the biggest apps of the year.
Something similar happened with Chai. Chai has been around since 2021, but it gained a massive number of users in February 2022, making it one of the biggest entertainment apps on Apple’s app store. The concept behind Chai is quite simple. Users download the app, create an account, and then start chatting with AI bots. Each bot has its own personality. Some are based on characters from popular video games and movies, others are designed for role-playing, and they all offer unique conversation opportunities. AI chat apps aren’t particularly new, but for some reason Chai is now the benchmark.
Every time an app like Chai goes viral, an important question arises: is it free? The answer is both yes and no. Chai is free to download for iOS and Android. Go to App Store or Google Play Store and download the app for free. Chai also lets you create an account and start chatting with its AI bots without ever asking for money, which makes the app seem 100% free. However, there is a hidden cost to Chai that is not immediately apparent.
How much you have to pay for Chai Premium
By default, anyone using Chai is limited to sending 100 messages per day. This 100 message limit is the same whether you’re talking to one or just a few of the AI bots. After sending 100 messages, Chai users cannot send any more until the next day. That is unless they pay for Chai Premium.
To see how many messages you have left for the day, open the Chai app and tap the profile icon in the top right corner. There’s a section here called “Daily Messages Remaining” with a live counter of how many messages you can still send for that day. Next to it is a “Get Premium” button. If you tap on it, Chai offers two options to sign up for Chai Premium, including $134.99/year and $13.99/month subscriptions. The annual subscription comes to around $11 per month and is cheaper in the long run, but both are still quite expensive for a single chat app.
Whether or not Chai is worth it depends on how often you use the app. If someone is constantly chatting with the bots and consistently reaching the daily message limit, it may be worth paying for Chai Premium. However, anyone can probably continue to use the free version of the app. 100 messages per day is a pretty generous limit, especially if you’re offline Chai 24/7.
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