• Ron Amadeo

    This is BS. Microsoft Skydrive is 25GB for free. Get competitive.

    • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

      SkyDrive connects to nothing, Google Drive connects to everything - indeed, competitive

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

         Please explain.

        • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

          Buy an Android device, you'll figure it out quickly

    • Treknologist

      Skydrive also just lowered the free space to 7 GB.  

      • Ron Amadeo

        Aww really? boo.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

           Grab it while you can. It was still available an hour ago for me. I grabbed it. I not only grabbed it I did a few things that are probably on legal to do just outside of Vegas to it as well.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Just a heads up to anybody using Skydrive. It's supposed to be true that they have lowered it for new accounts and accounts that already have 25 gigs are supposed to be safe, however there is still some way in which this isn't quite accurate.  I admit, the details are fuzzy and I can't find anything confirming one way or another...but I was only signed up to it a few days ago and I just informed that logging in right now and "upgrading" was important to ensure keeping a free 25 GB account.  In other words, if you think it's possible you might want it in the future, log in and get it now (who cares if you don't use it?) and you might be able to still get a 25 gig account...I make no promises and I'm not sure why it did but for some reason it just worked for me.

    • jjrudey

      Someone is mad.

    • HeLLO

      Get competitive?.Funniest post I've read so far.Their prices compared to everyone else is far more better and competitive than the competition.Seriously kid grow up and quit bitching because Google didn't offer 25GB+ of free storage.

      • Jimmi Larsen

        SkyDrive Free
        25 GB total storage

        SkyDrive +20
        Add 20 GB to your free storage

        SkyDrive +50
        Add 50 GB to your free storage

        SkyDrive +100
        Add 100 GB to your free storage

        • http://profiles.google.com/dougxd Doug Ford

          Well, keep in mind that with skydrive, you can only sync doc files, music, and other media.  GDrive now allows anything that you can throw at it.

          • Jimmi Larsen

            I'm syncing everything from .docx to .zip to .exe and so on, no limitations here, or am I misunderstanding you?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

             I sync all sorts of things with my skydrive. Please don't take it from my reply to the rude little beast above you that I don't like Google drive. I cant wait to get my GDrive on. I just hate rude little pricks that hide behind the internet like they used to hide behind their mommy's skirt. Personally I am waiting for the 1TB thumb-drives to come down in price to 'mortal' levels.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

         Funniest post you've read so far? Really?
        That's probably because you are so easy to amuse. Most idiots are.
        You are also a rude little person, which is why I am replying in kind.
        If you had pulled your head out of the deep dark hole you keep it in you would know that Google's new prices are not far better than the competition's prices (BTW That is 'far better' not 'far more better'. The original poster even pointed out one for you, Hotmail 25 gigs for free.
        How much does it cost to get 25 gigs from Google's drive??
        Now compare those prices and tell us all how they are competitive. They are not competitive, but it should be fun watching you try to do the math.
        When you get done with that try doing a Google search for online storage and compare the prices of the competition with the prices of Google Drive.
        Lets compare a few prices shall we.
        Lets say you want 25 gigs of storage......
        You get 25 gigs of storage from Google for roughly $30 a year.
        I have 25 gigs of storage from Skydrive for free.
        FREE vs $30 a year. FREE WINS
        Sure $30 a year is less than I pay to eat out so its no big deal. Lets look at the prices if you need more storage......
        I have a nice 2TB external hard drive. Lets look at storage costs for 2TBs of storage.
        Portable hard drive 2TB = $125
        Livedrive 2TB of online storage = $159.95 per year
        Google Drive 2TB of storage =$1200.00 per year.
        "Competitive" <---- I don't think that word means what you think it means.
        As for telling the poster to "Grow up and stop bitching"...You need to learn how to act in public. Or at the very least grow a few brain cells so you dont look like an a$$ and an idiot at the same time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110818289 John Ross

           One other option I should mention is to roll your own cloud storage.
          You have a 1 time cost for the hard drive and then your usual monthly costs for your internet. It is not that hard to do and you can access it anywhere you would be able to access Skydrive or Google Storage or any other cloud drive. Google it, it may be what you are looking for.

    • http://twitter.com/physicalist09 Physicalist

      The 25 GB aren't available to new users. New users only get 7 GB

    • Haithem Obeidi

      Because no one uses it...lol

  • Danny

    So glad I got the 200GB plan for 50 bucks before it switched over!

    • Robert Oliveira

       Yeah. I should've upgraded and would have had I known they'd change pricing. At least I have the 80GB plan, which seems to no longer exist. :(

  • Thomas

    Well as i understood it wasn't the old storage 20GB total?
    This seems to be 25GB for Drive, 25GB for Picasa and 25GB for Gmail, so basically 65GB?

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      You might want to check that math again.

    • http://twitter.com/physicalist09 Physicalist

      No, Drive & Picasa share the same 25 GB.

  • Kenny O

    I bought the 80g plan a few months ago.....Love that Google is grandfathering it in. 

  • Guest

    Is there a way to get the old data plan now?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I wish.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    So bummed I never jumped on the cheap storage.

    I am hoping that google does offers of some kind like Dropbox, but I doubt it. Anyone that does not have gmail by now simply does not want it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly, I don't think they need to promote Drive that way. Dropbox did, as that's their only and primary product, but for Google, it wouldn't make sense.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        It is a sad day for anyone who scoffed at paying for cloud storage, as I did.

        I am hoping they up the limit over time.

        • http://twitter.com/anasqtiesh Anas Qtiesh

          Well, for now they did bump up what you get for free.
          10 GB in Gmail instead of 7.5 GB
          5 GB in Drive/Docs instead of 1 GB

          It will only get cheaper... I hope.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Google's got two entire platforms in Chrome and Android and will have developers pushing files up to Google Drive as part of their apps.  I'm sure the goal is for app storage/usage to be the primary method of upselling...No advertising cost and effectively not real maintenance cost beyond keeping the system functional.

      • Horse

        But at the same time, luring people into subscriptions with promotional rates makes money in the long run. I certainly know that, had I thought about it, I'd have signed up for the 20GB, $5/yr plan and Google would be making something, however little, rather than nothing. As long as promotions are infrequent, people will feel obligated to keep their subscription if they perceive it as a good deal in comparison to the alternative. 

  • John

    SOB! I knew I should've bought their storage before all this happened.

    That's what I get for being lazy :(

  • Guest

    How did you  get the old data plan? And how do I get it now???

    • Danny

      You cannot anymore.

    • Elemetrix

      You don't, hence the "old"

  • Jeffrey Feely

    Please note that the old plan does not include drive access, only docs.

    • Seaempty

      It's my understanding from this that the old plan does indeed include drive access:

      • Jeffrey Feely

        Interesting.  I wonder which one is correct.

        • Seaempty

          I think the comparison between the old and new storage doesn't include Drive, as it didn't exist when the storage was created. It's just saying "this is what you would have got", and therefore doesn't mention Drive.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          The old plan works on Drive - the first screenshot in the post is from the Drive Settings.

  • http://twitter.com/sam1am Sam Garfield 

    I was able to grab an old plan after launch but before they took the old pricing page down. I upgraded from 20GB to 80GB, which they pro-rated for the time left on my current cycle and from what I already paid for the 20GB plan. Total cost: $4.80. Score.

  • MattEden

    Under the storage site it says you get for free: 5GB on Drive, 1GB on Picasa and 10GB on Gmail. Well I have the first two alright but my gmail storage is still stuck on 7GBish. Anyone else with this?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm also on 7GB for now, I think it'll take a bit to roll out.

  • Belgian

    Interesting it is not really clear from the description that the old plans could get Google Drive but it seems like you got it, if that is so then I'm really happy with my 200gb indeed :-) for the moment I'm still on the waiting list...

    • Danny

      Yes you do get it all for Drive access as well. I have the 200GB old plan and if I go to my Drive it shows the correct amount available.


  • GigiAUT

    Finally! Thanks for the heads up. So glad I bought that storage last year. And people laughed at me for paying money for a service from Google. HA.

  • https://plus.google.com/115081267187799351846?rel=me Michael Hart

    I made a spreadsheet to compare Price / GB for various services: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ann1Le6EQCbEdFN2NXRoY3hKRi1ENEdPWldCU0tZVmc

    I can add other services easily if requested.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nice one.

  • Yuryvk

    Got the 400GB plan couple weeks ago.. Thank God!  However, should have probably pulled the trigger on the 1TB plan.. 

  • Wilkinson John

    Livedrive is much cheaper, check them out if youre looking for cloud storage...

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BRX52OJU64KNPS57GLB5VEUHXE A

    Eh, the 2gig on Dropbox is all I've ever needed, so I'll stick with it for now.

  • Bradley Hayes

    I only had the 20GB plan wish I wouldve bought the 200GB plan now

    • LazarusDark

      I'm in exactly the same boat. I expected new pricing but not this drastic. I surely would have upped to 80 if I'd known rates would go up so much

      • Sean A. Flesch

        Consider yourselves lucky. I've been wanting to pull the trigger on the 80GB drive for a little while now. Was considering backing up my pix and docs online. :(

        Definitely going to reconsider now. I don't blame them for a price increase in general, but a nearly 2-1/2 increase sucks you-know-what.

  • http://www.OkGoDoIt.com OkGoDoIt

    I'm grandfathered on the old 80GB plan, which I used for Picasa, and I also pay $10/month to Dropbox for 5GB there.  This is awesome if I'm now paying a lot less for $80 of Google storage that can also be used for GDrive.  But the info you quote and on their site effectively says that the old plans are not usable by GDrive...  I can't test it yet because it says I have to wait for GDrive to be available for my account.  You state that the old plan did increase the space for Drive as well, even though it appears to not be the official policy.  Can you confirm?  Thanks!

    • https://plus.google.com/115081267187799351846?rel=me Michael Hart

      Where do you see that old plans are not used in Google Drive? They are exactly the same feature-wise. The only thing that's different is pricing and billing frequency.

      • http://www.OkGoDoIt.com OkGoDoIt

        According to Google explanation of the differences between the old and new plans, which is included as a screenshot in this article (url: http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/image124.png). The old column doesn't mention Drive while the new column explicitly states it's shared with Drive.  It's a bit ambiguous as to if they simply didn't list Drive in the old column, or if the old plans specifically don't apply to Drive.  The author of this article said it was working for him, so I just wanted to confirm.
        Old storage plansNew storage plansFree storage:
        7+ GB in Gmail1 GB in Google Docs (uploaded files only)1 GB in PicasaUnlimited in Google+Free storage:10 GB in Gmail5 GB in Google Drive1 GB in PicasaUnlimited in Google+Purchased storage shared across:
        GmailGoogle DocsPicasaPurchased storage shared across:Google Drive (synced/uploaded files only)PicasaAutomatically get additional but separate Gmail storage.

        • https://plus.google.com/115081267187799351846?rel=me Michael Hart

          I think that's simply indicating that Google Drive wasn't present before. My grandfathered plan works just fine, and I'm given the option to upgrade or stay on my plan. You should be fine ;) Just ensure your payment details are up to date on Google Wallet when it's time for it to rebill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DionJ Dion Jones

    Wait... my Gmail is no longer unlimited?  shit!

    • warcaster

      It was never really unlimited. It just kept the illusion of growing. But it's been stuck at 7 GB for years. Now you have 10 GB. Be happy.

  • Alexander Jessey

    I’m a Google fan and this price increase is disappointing news. A price increase of over two fold - now that is steep! However, the prices of the old storage plans were very competitive and as a user very welcome and now they are more in line with competition. Before, as far as price was concerned i could keep all my data online with Google in a cost effective manner. Now that appears to have changed. I have stayed away from the other storage services before because of price.Either Google were losing significant margin with these old prices, which they were happy to do, or the competitors are overpricing their storage plans and now Google have jumped in. With these increases it seems that the time when a user can store all his data in the cloud is still a long way off. Before, Google Docs didn't offer all the functionality needed to store data online easily and now Google Drive appears to price prohibitive.  What is really disappointing is the way this is introduced - i suspect Google have had to invest heavily in the infrastructure and they have taken the tactical decision to ‘hook’ people in with a “free” 5GB which is subsidised at the expense of the paid user. Also, partitioning users of those on ‘old’ plans (which are now locked) and those on the new plans is a bit underhand and typical of older more shrewd companies - not the Google “Don’t be Evil” i have grown to admire. Forget the “free 5GB” - just make pricing fair for all.

  • Jwilson

    I'm a little confused at people's math... Saying it is now 2x as expensive or 2 & 1/2 times as expensive. The way I see it is that I used to pay $5/year for 20GB NOW the price is $30/year... That 6X TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE! I really wish they would have given us some kinda of warning on this.. I would have upgraded to a higher plan!

    • Sean A. Flesch

      Depends on the plan. See the spreadsheet from Michael Heart above. The 20/25GB plan is a much larger increase then the rest. However if you are current with your 20GB plan, you can keep it at the original cost.

  • Bbob1970

    Google sucks. My apps for business account in euro (to get dollar multiply x 1.3) shows a 500-600% price increase VS docs.I was paying $20 for 80GB and now 50 Gb would cost me $93 per year  !!!!!!!!!I complained and they told me prices for apps business were correct.Google is screwing customers like this.Google Drive storage
    Flexible Plan

    20 GB (€3.00/license/month) 50 GB (€6.00/license/month)
    200 GB (€13.50/license/month) 400 GB (€26.50/license/month)
    1 TB (€67.00/license/month) 2 TB (€134.00/license/month)
    4 TB (€268.00/license/month) 8 TB (€535.00/license/month)
    16 TB (€1,068.00/license/month)


  • http://www.facebook.com/Jamie.Dolan.neenah Jamie Dolan

    Why is Google of all people increase cloud storage fees drastically as we see them drop everywhere else?  They are still cheaper than many other services as was pointed out in this article, but I became a avid fan of storing stuff on Google Docs and via Picasa because of their pricing.  I got many people to sign up for their service due to the low storage cost.

    Now I have a 400gb account.  More than doubling the cost really sucks.  At least they let you keep it until you screw up and your card expires one time without you updating it or you need a bit more storage.Bait and Switch.  They get millions of people locked into these services, let everyone believe they the best priced online storage in the industry, then they pull this stunt with more than doubling the prices.I've really been a huge Google fan for a long time, but this is seriously disappointing.  

    • Steven Andriolis

      buy a western digital or seagate cloud storage device. One month fee for same price as in total.

  • Ashton Laurent

    Is there a phone number for Google Help? Their Help options don't address billing problems. I paid for Google storage with my credit card. My account was debited, but Google didn't update my storage. They're just going to take the money out of my account every month without delivering. I'm still getting the message that my storage is full (it shouldn't be, because I bought sufficient additional storage). It seems that other people are experiencing the same problems with Google. I know I can go to the NY State Attorney General if I have these types of problems, but I'd rather not have to.

  • Steven Andriolis

    Buy an external storage device from goflex or western digital. 2 tb for 120-150 dollars in total. NOT per month... are people really stupid enough to pay that much for online storage?