Google One offers new cloud storage plans, cheaper than ever

Google One offers new cloud storage plans, cheaper than ever
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

source: Google

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8 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Or bring a smaller than a matchbox pile micro SD cards for 5TB. Lifetime access free. BTW, This could be a good news for those already paying for clouds.

2. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I forgot both Google and Apple's own phones don't have Micro SD card slots. :P

3. alias3800

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Until you lose the cards or they become corrupt or someone steals your belongings. Having your data in the cloud (whichever service) is helpful even if you have it stored in a matchbox pile of micro SD cards (that you have to constantly update manually).

4. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And if there's a network traffic. If you want to retrieve your files that you store on the icloud. It would take a long time to download those files.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I personally have never had difficulty accessing my files online, but maybe you've been less fortunate than I have. I personally prefer the idea of cloud storage as I would always have my data backed up in the event that my device is stolen, or storage becomes corrupt, or a fire or flood. I've lost enough memories to know that cloud storage is the best solution so long as you're responsible with your account security.

5. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

i totally understand the advantage of having an external HD, a microSD etc, even a NAS. Unless you're afraid of Cloud Storage (privacy concerns), i highly doubt that any of the personal methods are as secure as the one of having your files on a Google Drive cloud storage. What if you lose the card, the NAS is defect or gets stolen, what if you're abroad, need access to your files and you had an electric issue at home and your router is offline etc etc. That is definitely not an issue @Google. I'm moving to Google Drive all my files. I want them to be secured (and while privacy is a concern, i prefer them on G Drive than on a disk/sd card which was stolen or i lost somewhere...

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1870; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

My free 100GB of storage from my HTC 10 purchase is set to expire early next year. I'll go with the 100GB, as I'm using much less than 100GB right now, but more than 15 that Gmail offers. I'm glad storage tiers are getting cheaper and cheaper.

7. srgonu

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Setup NAS with raid at home. Better control and cheaper down the lane.

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