In January google calmly announced the approaching end of free legacy Google Apps accounts. User outrage ensued
Google's initial response was to offer to keep alive some of the free features but not including custom domains for email. User outrage continued
It appears that in the last few days they have caved in. It looks like they are now offering to spare free custom email domains from the chop, for people who "self-identify" that their accounts are for personal use.
Go to admin.google.com and it now says:
Time to choose the transition path for your account
We’re extending the transition period for those using the Legacy Free Edition of G Suite. Upgrade now to enjoy a special discount on a Google Workspace subscription, or self-identify your legacy subscription is for personal use.
[Check!] Continue using your custom domain with Gmail
Keep using Gmail with your custom domain [yourdomain.com]
[Check!] Retain access to no-cost Google services
You will retain access to the no-cost version of Google Workspace services such as Google Drive and Google Meet, and additional Google services such as Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube
[Check!] Keep your purchases and data
You will retain access to paid content such as movie purchases at Google Play and data stored on Google Workspace
Click on "Confirm for personal use"
Thanks for choosing
You have chosen to continue using the Free Legacy Edition of G Suite for personal use.