What the new Google One cloud storage plan means for Drive users

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What the new Google One cloud storage plan means for Drive users

The new service is set to supplant the old paid Drive Storage model, with users being transitioned to the new Google One Service in "the coming months".

Google (GOOG +0.5%, GOOGL +0.7%) is shifting its consumer storage pricing, slashing the price of a high-volume plan and adding a new lower-end tier. Plans offering 10, 20, or 30TB will not see any price changes. The new Google One addition will not impact G Suite business customers.

As highly requested, consumers can add up to five family members to their Google One plan, with payment summarised in one bill. The new Google One will also introduce a $2.99 plan for access to 200 GB. Google One will let users do exactly that. You also get special "one-tap access to experts" from Google "for help with our consumer products and services". This sounds like the start of a broader Google subscription plan that bundles many services together, in a way that might compete with Amazon Prime.

There wasn't anything wrong with Google Drive, and for reasons best known to them, the company announced the release of their latest could storage platform: Google One. The 1TB plan that was previously offered for $9.99 will be discontinued and customers on that plan will be automatically upgraded to the 2TB plan at no extra cost. If you pay for space in Google Drive, Gmail, Photos or other apps, you'll do it through Google One.

While most customers won't notice changes to their storage quota, as only 1 Terabyte customers get upgraded to 2 Terabytes of storage, Google revealed that Google One will provide paying customers with additional benefits. Users will also gain access to extras like Google Play credits and deals on select hotel bookings found in Search. "And we'll be adding more benefits over time".

Dropbox only provides users with 2GB of space for free accounts and Microsoft Onedrive provides 5GB. The user can also share their storage with four family members.

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