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Google drops Drive storage costs well below the competition

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Google drops Drive storage costs well below the competition
Google has always prided itself on pushing the idea that cloud storage should be available to everyone. It revolutionized web-based email by offering 1GB of Gmail storage at a time when Hotmail offered 2MB of storage and Yahoo offered 4MB. Now, users get 15GB of free storage; but, if you need more than that for Google Drive, the prices have just dropped quite a bit.

If you want to get 100GB of storage (and you don't want to buy a Chromebook), it will now cost you $1.99 per month which is less than 50% off the old price of $4.99 per month. Jumping up to the 1TB tier is by far the best deal though. It had been $49.99 per month, but now it would cost you only $9.99. Of course, you had better have a really fast web connection if you're planning to make good use of that much space. And, if you need even more storage than that, Google does have you covered there too with plans for 10TB at $99.99 per month and going up even more.

This is a very aggressive move by Google, because these prices are severely undercutting the competition. Dropbox offers 2GB free, $9.99 for 100GB ($99 yearly), and only 500GB for $49.99 ($499 yearly). Microsoft's OneDrive will cost you $7.49 per month ($50 yearly) for 100GB and doesn't list options higher than 200GB. However, we'd expect those options to change fairly quickly in order to compete with Google. 

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posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:04

1. fzacek (Posts: 2222; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Google is getting all of this money as clean profit, right? It doesn't really cost them anything to make this storage available to the customers, does it?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:16 11

4. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Cost of server storage and the electricity to power them, plus technicians to maintain them are the biggest costs involved. Google has sunk a large sum of money into green energy so maybe they are offsetting some costs from that.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:17 4

5. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I believe it does cost money to build and maintain this storage...
Was that a real question or were you joking?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:36

7. fzacek (Posts: 2222; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I thought that it was all just "on the web" and that there were no physical components to storing information on the internet.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:54 3

8. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Even the internet itself is stored in server banks. I've read there are 7 locations where the internet is stored. One is in Chicago, I've heard Paris, London, and Tokyo also house one of the 7. Their actual locations are top secret though.

These banks are big air conditioned rooms with massive power backups and server racks that hold and maintain it all. It would be interesting to know how much electricity it takes to power it all 24 hours a day non-stop.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:59

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Actually that's not 100℅ accurate, while huge servers may posses a considerable amount of data, they do not posses the internet

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:12 1

14. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Do some homework on where and what controls the internet, it's an interesting read. While not every site is on the 7 banks, they are controlled by them in various manners.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 07:47 1

31. wizardd (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


the internet is not stored at these locations. they are not even necessarily controlled by these 7 interchanges. these are just places where the internet meets. sort of like downtown where all of the freeways come together and then split apart at the other side.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 08:35

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


there are known internet servers that provide hosting for many places and files, bit those are not needed the internet would still exist even if the servers got shut down, as long as there is a network using TCP/IP protocol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/who-owns-internet.htm

the only thing that exist is the cable system (aka the hardware) that keeps people connected with each other (like how post 31 posted)

for example I have 10 (as opposed to 7) that contain most (again not all) of the data

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/jonbruner/files/2011/07/where-is-the-worlds-data-stored.png

so no the is no such thing as "7 places where the internet is stored"

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:30

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Chicago? In my city? Give me more info please!

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:55

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Ok. I see now. At some point I thought that too.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:57 3

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well,the web information is not floating around, every Piece of information you see its stored on a computer somewhere

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:05

2. UglyFrank (Posts: 581; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Google just took over, anyone with android would be hard pressed not to use this as their cloud storage method.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:15 1

3. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I have 25gb free with Google Drive and I haven't even filled 2gb. However, the 100gb package is just so sweet I am considering getting it soon. xD

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 02:28

26. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


What the crap!?!? lol, sure it's a sweet deal, but it doesn't seem like a limited time offer. I say, unless you will actually need the storage, then save yourself a few dollars a month. Though I'm currently looking for a reason to get the 100GBs, uploading all my digital photos and family videos.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 19:57 1

39. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I understand, and I'm not gonna get this one until I run out of the 25gb space though. I just started backing up stuff on Google Drive a month ago or so, and there is a possibility I will find the 100gb package useful.
"Though I'm currently looking for a reason to get the 100GBs, uploading all my digital photos and family videos.". Same thing applies for me here. :)

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:20

6. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Still chipping away from the 15 gigs of free Drive space, and just received 50 free gigs from Box from the G2 KitKat update so I'm not hurting for cloud storage. When I need it though, I'll be adding to my Drive space because of this.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:32 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I got 50GB of Drive from Google (Moto X), 52 from Dropbox (Samsung) and the other web base storage apps I've used. I have over 110GB for two years lol.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 02:30

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Wait a minute... I have a Moto X... can I get two years of 50GB cloud storage from Google Drive?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 09:04

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yes. Open the Google Drive app and you should get the promotion. I'm not sure if it expired yet or not.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:50

35. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


LOL. Sadly it has expired. Oh well, thanks anyway.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:08 3

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Google is killing microSD cards for sake of cloud. I see cloud is beneficial for day to day document uploads, old pics of last summer vacations which you dont always need is ok. But what about those massive HD movies Google, downloading them in the first place is a pain for many, not every one has wifi and 4G plans.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:10

13. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Good for competition. I currently get 168gb from MS for 'free' but after a year I wonder what the cost will be if the price doesn't drop.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:30

15. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


google is fake company and fooling people day by they say they they give 15 idiot they combined drive + gmail space . its how much beggar are goole user . and second all android user cant afford 1 $ for purchase app from store

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:32 6

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I seriously hope you were joking.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 00:46

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


To give you an idea of how little Gmail takes up that space, I have a combined 25,500 emails between all the subdivisions in my inbox, not counting chats, archives and sent mail. I also have a fair amount of photos and a good amount of documents all stored online.

I've only used 2.83 GB overall between all of that.

Oh and no, I almost never delete anything except for spam.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 01:48 1

25. AfterShock (Posts: 2978; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Meds, get back on them!

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 02:33

28. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Meth... it's a hell of a drug.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:31

17. arenanew (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


no one replace hard disk , google is totaal no 1 stoling data

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:34 5

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What is wrong with you?

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 21:43 1

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Don't make a fool of yourself, go and knowledge your brain,,,,

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 00:48

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This is just yet another example of Google being the hippie of the business world: they give users just about everything they can for free or for as cheap a price as possible.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 02:35 1

29. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hippie of the business world? lol, Well, if they can turn a profit by giving stuff away, I'm game.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 05:45 2

30. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I didn't say it was a bad thing. :)

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:26 1

36. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm not replying in a manner that would say that you're speaking poorly of Google. It was just a really odd analogy. Made me laugh.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 10:29

34. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Far from free, i get more ads, yay.

I dont mind ads, but i dont need them everywhere....I dont mind paying for something to have no ads

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:30

37. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


OMG! I decided to get Chrome for my computer so I can take advantage of everything Google has to offer, and while Chrome is the fastest browser I've used, there are ads everywhere!!!! The internet is completely different from when I'm use to on Firefox with all the ad blocking add-ons that I'm using. oh how I hate ads!!!!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 15:58

38. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't get ads in Drive.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 01:21

24. AfterShock (Posts: 2978; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Wtg Google!

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