Cloud storage prices are becoming cheaper and cheaper, and we’ve seen Google about a year ago come up with some killer prices, only to be beaten by MediaFire a month later one. And even cheaper options exist, but they don’t come from ‘high-profile’ players. But not anymore, as Amazon has come up with an unlimited cloud storage offer that should put an end to all your woes. And this could be one of the best deals yet.
The company has announced two unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive, one for users who are looking to store just photos and another one for just about everything that you need to store:
- Unlimited Photos – this plan comes with unlimited photo storage and you also get 5GB for videos and files, for a price of $11.99 per year. A great price and a smart business move by Amazon; they have probably realized that many were using the free plan, so now they removed it and came up with two separate plans at great prices
- Unlimited Everything – this plan lets you store online just anything you want: photos, videos, files and documents, for a price of $59.99 per year. Just like the photos-specific plan, this one too comes with a 3-month free trial, but that’s the single free thing you’re going to get.
Speaking of the new offer, Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive, said the following:
Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up. With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files in one convenient place.
Previously, Amazon Cloud Storage offered 5GB of storage for free, and if you were looking for more extra storage, the prices ranged from 20GB for $10/year up to 1TB/year for $500. So, from this perspective, what Amazon is offering now is really great, but the question is – do you really need unlimited storage?
Or this is exactly what Amazon is trying to achieve – once it lets you know that you can store as much as you want (that’s why it gives a 3-months free trial), it can then put an affordable price and hope that this strategy will bring in more users. After all, my personal guess is that those who are already using cloud storage won’t say no to a service which offers a no-limit option.
This is a great move from Amazon and will put a lot of pressure on competition, which has much bigger prices. Dropbox, for example, charges $10 for 1TB/month, with 2GB available for free; Google charges $9.99/month for 1TB and up to $299.99 for 30TB (but there are free 15GB) and Microsoft charges $6.99/month for 1TB. Those who need just a few GBs will probably turn to Google, while others, like professional photographers and just somebody with a big digital collection, will probably seriously consider Amazon’s new offer.