To remove these restrictions you would then have to purchase a membership plan.
e Harmony has 3 plans called Basic, Total Connect and Premier which can be purchased in 1, 6 or 12 month terms with prices ranging from .95 to .95 per month. I am not sure if this change is permanent or if they are just testing things out.
In my opinion it also places them much closer to a free dating site like Plenty of fish (POF).
While you cannot go straight to sending email to members like on POF, for people seeking a long-term relationship the guided communication is very helpful and you can send mail once it is complete.
POF’s free members have very similar restrictions as e Harmony unless they choose to upgrade.
The major difference being between the e Harmony and POF memberships is POF members can view member photos.
Update: April 2, 2013 - I just found out another restriction which isn't obvious at first and would have changed the tone of this post a bit if I had known about the restriction before writing.
Apparently you can only send out an email message in step 4 of the guided communication process.
If the match replies to this message you cannot see it until you pay for a membership.
Getting to use the guided communication process is nice but it would be even better if we could view the replies once we are finished with it like during a FCW.
The first thing I noticed was that they have changed the banner that use to say in all capitals "Check Your Matches Free" to "Now Free To Communicate".
This changed seems to be only on the United States e Harmony dating site as the Canadian one still has the original message.
After doing a bit more investigating it looks like e now allows free communication all the time.