FreeGate was, in the last years, one of the leading anti-censorship service world wide. Starting from 1st of January 2009, FreeGate is not free anymore for users outside China. The main reason is the huge number of users and the lack of human, hardware and bandwidth resources.
Dynamic Internet Technology, the creator and sustainer of FreeGate, motivates the decision:
Our service was originally targeted to users from China, a regime with the
most advanced Internet censorship that affect most people. However, users
from other censorship countries, including Iran, Vietnam and Saudi Arab, have
found our service extremely useful to them too. Moreover, many web surfers
from non-censorship countries, such as the U.S., are using our service to
stay anonymous online. This leads to an explosive growth of the user
And they ask for financial support
We need your help. We hope to help global users to surf the net safely and
securely, without the fear of being monitored or traced. To achieve this
with an ever-growing user base, we need to seek additional funding. If you
find our service useful, please think if you can find any funding sources
for us, such as a non-profit organization, a corporation, or a
From 1st of January, users outside China will have to pay for being able to use FreeGate. At least for know I could not find how it works: it is a monthly/anual subscription, one time fee, etc. Probably in the next days we will find out more information.