Alternatively, here’s a quick and simple workaround that will still let you sign-up for the free edition of Google Apps even though Google has officially retired the free edition – all you need is a free Gmail or Google account.
- Go to appengine.google.com, sign-in with your Google Account and create a new Application. You may fill in any dummy date and click the “Create Application” button.
- Open the “Dashboard” and on the next screen, click the link that says “Application Settings.”
- Scroll down a little (refer to the video tutorial) and choose “Add Domain” to associate a domain with your App Engine application.
- That’s it. Now you should see a special link* to sign-up for the free edition of Google Apps. You may either use your existing domain or buy one through Google Apps.
[*] You have to access this link through App Engine as Google Apps checks the HTTP Referrer information before serving up the sign-up page for the free edition of Google Apps.
Related reading: Register Web Domains with Google Apps