Google announced that it is revamping its cloud storage plans to be better suited for the 4K and high-resolution photography mobile world of today. Google One is the moniker of the new initiative, and under it, users will be able to get more cloud storage for less money, as well as 24/7 technical support over the phone, chat, or email in eligible countries. That's right, all support will be available to all subscribers, not just G Suite users.
Going forward, every Google account will still get the current 15GB of free cloud storage, but paid subscribers will be able to benefit from a number of new, more affordable offers. The base paid tier of 100GB for $1.99/month remains the same, but then there's a new 200GB one for $2.99/month. What's more interesting, however, is that the 1TB for $9.99/month tier is now gone and is substituted by a 2TB offer at the same price. So, if you were paying ten dollars a month for 1TB of cloud storage, you'll be upgraded 2TB at no extra cost. Pricing for larger storage plans, such as the 10TB, 20TB, and 30TB tiers, will remain the same, Google has clarified.
This move is aimed at providing cheaper cloud storage to regular customers, instead of businesses, as evident by the price changes in the lower storage tiers, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's great! If you've been having problems maxing out your 100GBs of Google Drive storage, you can now double it for just a dollar more.
But aside from cheaper storage, Google One subscribers will also enjoy other benefits, such as 24/7 technical support in eligible regions, Google Play credits, and deals on select hotels found in Google Search. This roster of extras will expand in the future, Google says, though in what ways, remains to be seen.
Paid Google Drive subscribers will be upgraded to Google One automatically over the coming months, starting in the U.S. and then expanding globally. Before the upgrade, users will receive a confirmation email where they will be able to manage their storage plan and benefits. Look out for an email confirming your upgrade to Google One, where you can manage your storage plan and benefits.
Here's what the new Google One cloud storage plans cost:
15GB – free
100GB – $1.99/month
200GB – $2.99/month
2TB – $9.99/month
10TB – $99.99/month
20TB – $199.99/month
30TB – $299.99/month