Mandrill has decided to discontinue their service as a separate product and is becoming a transactional email add-on to paid MailChimp accounts.
This means the free 15000 emails/month service which Mandrill offered will soon be no longer available. All Mandrill users will be required to have a paid monthly MailChimp account.
Here are the timelines
- Starting March 16, all new Mandrill users will create accounts through MailChimp.
- Also starting March 16, Mandrill users can merge their existing Mandrill account with a MailChimp account.
- Current users will have until April 27 to merge the accounts.
So what are the alternatives:
Generally Mandrill is used to send transactional emails like password reminders, notifications, etc taking the load off your own webserver. There are quite a few services which allow to send such transactions emails