Google Drive users on a discontinued plan are getting an unexpected freebie

Google Drive users on a discontinued plan are getting an unexpected freebie
It's getting harder and harder to complain about running out of storage space on today's high-end and even mid-range smartphones, especially if you also add in an ultra-affordable or insanely hefty microSD card. At the same time, it's generally a good idea to back up some of your most precious stuff in the cloud, where storage has gotten cheaper and cheaper in recent years as well.

For instance, the 2018-released Google One subscription service provides two whole terabytes of digital hoarding room at a monthly fee of only $9.99 or an even more reasonable price of $99.99 per year. A couple of lower-cost options can hook you up with a 100 or 200 gig cache for $1.99 and $2.99 a month respectively (or $19.99 and $29.99 a year), while every free Google account gets a 15GB storage allotment to use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos platforms.

This is all extremely well and good, but you know what can be better? Even more free cloud storage, which is exactly what subscribers on a discontinued Google Drive plan are reportedly receiving. Basically, instead of forcing users to upgrade from a $5 a year subscription that's no longer a thing to one of the aforementioned $20, $30, or $100 plans, Google is letting people keep their digital depositories without ever needing to pay a dime. 

We're obviously not talking about a great deal of storage space, but 20 gigs for free is certainly nothing to sneeze at, especially when you combine that number with the entry-level 15GB allotment. That's right, these lucky Google Drive users will get a grand total of 35 GB of space in the cloud at no monthly charge whatsoever going forward. Unfortunately, if you weren't subscribed to the grandfathered $5/year plan, there's nothing you can do to take advantage of a similar special offer.

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2 Comments

1. Shkselectah

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 26, 2018

Yes, Google is not at all greedy, like apple

2. Pssst3 unregistered

Two clarifications: 1. "A couple of lower-cost options can hook you up with a 100 or 200 gig cache for..." is incorrect. None of Google's paid One Drive plans provide the amount of paid storage in their names in addition to the 15GB of free storage. Those plan's names include the 15Gb free storage. 2. "Google is letting people keep their digital depositories without ever needing to pay a dime. " It has always been Google's storage policy that whatever data is stored when a paid plan is in effect is retained and accessible to that account after the paid storage plan is not renewed (for as long as that Google account remains active). The problem that arises is that all Google services for an account share the user's storage quota, so if the total data is not reduced to below 15GB or whatever quota the user is paying for, no new data can be added., so for example GMail stops working.

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