As I’ve reported before, this morning several Gmail users found their accounts had 9030MB storage, instead of the typical 2.8G. A few hours later Google Blogoscoped and Google Operating System discovered that we can now purchase additonal storage on Google, via this account management screen. Here’s the price scheme they reported (annual prices):
- 6 GB – $1.00
- 25 GB – $75.00
- 100 GB – $250.00
- 250 GB – $500.00
If you think 6G for $1 per year is too good a deal, you’re right. By the time I tried it, the price for 6G was $20. The $1 price was not a typo though: see Philipp Lenssen’s screenshot and order receipt for the $1 pricing.
From $1 to $20 in minutes – that’s probably a world record in inflation…
Has anyone else grabbed it for $1?
Update: I can’t help but wonder about the timing: is Google trying to rain on Microsoft’s parade? They’ve just announced Windows Live SkyDrive- whith a whopping 500Mb of online storage. 500Mb sure goes a long way .. where’s the upgrade option?
Stories on SkyDrive: Read/WriteWeb, Mashable!, All about Microsoft, Windows Connected, One Microsoft Way , Insider Chatter, Don Dodge, jkOnTheRun, Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life and Geek Speaker , TechCrunch.
Today Google said they were not going to play that game any more. They effectively took their toys and went home. I never thought I’d see that.