Google drops Drive storage costs well below the competition

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. 

source: Google

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39 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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?

4. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

14. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

31. wizardd

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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"

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 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

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

39. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 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. :)

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

15. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 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

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I seriously hope you were joking.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Meds, get back on them!

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

17. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

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

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What is wrong with you?

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