GMail: Pay For Increased Storage: UPDATED

Google have quietly (as ever) introduced a pay for extra storage facility on GMail.

GMail: Pay For Increased Storage

I’ve come close to stop using Gmail over the last 6 months or so, after having heavily used it on a daily basis for over two years. It’s has all of my emails for my numerous accounts going through it.

What was getting me to change my dependency? A lack of storage – something unimaginable when it was first launched back in 2004 with a Gig of storage and the “Never Throw an email away again” line.

GMail: Pay For Increased StorageDespite a crank up to 2GB in April 2005, and a continued growth of storage, byte by byte during the day – it just hasn’t been enough.

I’ve been on 90%+ capacity for at least a year and finding it hard to keep it bumping at around the 98-99% level for ages.

Extra storage – For Cash
Today I noticed that Google have started offering additional storage on GMail – clearly welcome for my predicament, but I was rather surprised that they wanted money for it. Isn’t Google free?

The options initially being offered are

  • 6 GB ($20.00 per year)
  • 25 GB ($75.00 per year)
  • 100 GB ($250.00 per year)
  • 250 GB ($500.00 per year)

I’ve got to go for it, just to get rid of the stress of having to delete load of emails.

UPDATE: We spend our money pretty much straight after publishing this and six hours later it still hasn’t updated GMail, so don’t expect a quick reaction.

4 thoughts on “GMail: Pay For Increased Storage: UPDATED”

  1. 250gb of email storage? could google be looking at introducing a web based backup service on the sly? I can’t imagine anyone with that much email – and if they do, they need to seriously learn about email management practices!

    delete everyonce in a while whydoncha!

  2. Good points – and I’m in the middle of writing a piece about the change that Google is bringing about with this move.

    The bought storage can also be used for the Google photo sharing service, picasa.

    It does sound like a Google Storage move doesn’t it!

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