Now that Google account holders can say goodbye to unlimited free storage across Photos, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Google’s One subscription service has gone from irrelevant to vital. In fact, we predict that it will become even more inseparable from your account over the next few years. For those that are interested in more premium Google service features and additional storage, it may even become one of the most important subscriptions in your budget.
We’ve stated several times that Google would have to do a lot to win the trust of users now that they’re introducing subscription models to their users. They may be in a tight spot, but that same angst shouldn’t be passed off to their customers. With longtime Youtube TV subscribers receiving a free Chromecast with Google TV for their loyalty, a few of you commented that Google’s goodwill was felt and seen in a tangible way. Now, they’re going even further to make the transition to a paid more manageable – the price of Google One’s 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB plans have been cut in half!
10 TB –
$99.99 / $49.99
20 TB –
$199.99 / $99.99
30 TB –
$299.99 / $149.99
Their 100GB ($1.99 per month/$19.99 annually), 200GB ($2.99/$29.99), or 2TB ($9.99/$99.99) plans will not be changing in price as of today, so it’s clear that this price cut is meant to be geared toward businesses and less so toward individuals. You certainly could pay for 10+ TB as a regular user, but at $50 per month, you’re better off just going to get an external HDD or SSD to store things on. It’s good to have a cloud back up and we recommend it, but if you have 10+ TB of data, unless you’re a photographer or videographer, you’re probably storing file types that Google doesn’t allow in Drive.
In addition to the price cut, you will also receive 10% back on Google Store purchases when you buy into any plans starting at 2 TB or more. Do keep in mind that the 2 TB plan is where you begin to get access to Google’s new native VPN, so take that for what it’s worth. The aforementioned price cuts appear to be permanent, and if Google wants to level the playing field, they will remain that way. We can’t help but feel that once they get everyone on board they will begin to raise the prices back up after a few years though, eventually landing back on the full prices they originally began at! All of this to say that Google is doing another good thing here and it’s appreciated, we’re just cautiously optimistic. Regular users need not worry, of course, as they will continue to benefit from the basic package pricing.