Google’s subscription storage service has a new name: Google One. Some prices are dropping and customers will also get customer support from an actual human for the first time.
Google announced the change in a blog post yesterday, saying that all current Google Drive subscribers will be switched to Google One when it launches. Google also hinted at “extra benefits,” like hotel deals and the occasional bit of Google Play credit.
But the main story here for most people are the price changes. Here are the new Google One prices, which will be in effect in the coming months:
- 100 GB for $1.99 a month
- 200 GB for $2.99 a month
- 2 TB for $9.99 a month
How does this compare to other companies? Let’s take a look, using USA prices as a benchmark. Here are the Microsoft OneDrive prices:
- 50 GB for $1.99 a month.
- 1TB for $6.99 a month. Comes with Office 365 for one device.
- 5TB, split between five users, for $9.99 a month. Comes with Office 365 for five devices.
Here’s Dropbox’s consumer plan:
- 1 TB for $8.25 a month, or $16.58 with more features.
And here are the iCloud prices:
- 50 GB for $0.99 a month.
- 200 GB for $2.99 a month.
- 2 TB for $9.99 a month.
All of these are the consumer-facing versions—business prices vary wildly. But you’ll see that Google’s new pricing for 2TB isn’t really radical compared to what’s on the market. Apple already offered 2 TB for the same price, and Microsoft offers 5 TB and Office 365 at Google’s new 2TB price. Dropbox, the only company here that pretty much only offers storage, is now one of the worst deals going, at least in terms of storage per dollar. I guess the moral here is to always shop around.