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Google Lowers Price And Increases Online Storage

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MobileMe users, check this out.

Google has dropped the price of their yearly storage fee and increased the amount of alotted space. This works out to Google’s cheapest option of 20GB for $5 USD per year.

If you’re confused about why Google charges for storage, don’t be. As a Gmail user, for example, you get your current 7.26GB of free storage but have the option of purchasing additional overflow storage. The point here is the price per GB.

If you are a MobileMe customer, you are paying $99.00 USD for 20GB of cloud storage from Apple. For $100 per year, you get 400GB of cloud storage from Google. If you’re a high-roller, you even have the option of purchasing up to 16TB of Google storage for a mere $4,096.00 USD per year. Wonga!

Yes, yes you get other features with MobileMe such as Find My iPhone and iDisk, but I cannot help feeling robbed when I see that I am paying $4.95 USD per GB from Apple when I could be paying $0.25 USD per GB from Google. Ouch!

Are the other features of MobileMe really worth $94 USD per year? What do you think?

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  • Dusty

    Seems like a good deal from Google. Although I don't use Mobile Me and those other features, I couldn't say if its worth it…

  • beaverhyde

    Apple charges what it wants for MobileMe because you can 1) find your iPhone and, perhaps more importantly; 2) remotely wipe all data from your iPhone. I find it incredibly frustrating that the only way to secure the data on my iPhone would be to pony up US$100/yr, but this is the differentiating factor between MobileMe and what Google offers. It's not apples to apples.

  • M. G. Stevens

    Seems like whenever I see a complaint about Apple product it is related to pricing and my guess is that it is from a PC user who doesn't get the tight integration value of Apple's engineering. These things typically work seamlessly with each other and that is not about storage space, it's about a tightly engineered user experience. This is not commodity pricing where it's about the lowest price and nothing else. For Apple it is always about the user experience and they feel that work, perhaps not directly seen but certainly felt, is worth a premium price in the marketplace.

  • Your “guess” is horribly incorrect.

  • Leo

    I use Google's Picassa to share manage my photos on and offline. And so when I ran out of Picassa web space I upgraded to 20GB for $20 and with the recent changed it bumped me to 80GB. Now with 80 GB I'm backing-up all my full-size JPEGs. I also think we're getting much closer to truly getting “GDrive” and other services from Google. Hey, imagine one day being able to sync your iPhone via the cloud (Googles!) with an “iTunes” app.

  • Leo

    Correction: I had originally purchased from Google extra storage of 10GB for $20.

  • Leo

    I use Google's Picassa to share manage my photos on and offline. And so when I ran out of Picassa web space I upgraded to 20GB for $20 and with the recent changed it bumped me to 80GB. Now with 80 GB I'm backing-up all my full-size JPEGs. I also think we're getting much closer to truly getting “GDrive” and other services from Google. Hey, imagine one day being able to sync your iPhone via the cloud (Googles!) with an “iTunes” app.

  • Leo

    Correction: I had originally purchased from Google extra storage of 10GB for $20.

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