Are all the Chat SDK components free?
Chat SDK has all the core components you need to build a great messaging experience for your users. All the core components are provided free of charge.
That said, every messaging app is different so the Chat SDK was designed to support additional functionality through the use of modules. These modules are completely optional but allow you to extend the chat by adding additional message types – audio, video and stickers. Increase user engagement using read receipts and a typing indicator and many more features.
For premium modules, a license must be purchased from our store. The license will allow you to use the module on a certain number of individual apps. All the licenses also come with updates and support.
What about hosting?
The standard version of the Chat SDK uses Google Firebase to handle the real-time messages. During setup, you will configure the project to use your own Firebase account. We are not part of Firebase and have no access to your account. You may need to pay Firebase if your usage exceeds their free plan. Generally speaking, the free plan will support around 10,000 daily active users. The $25 per month plan will support up to 100,000 daily active users.