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how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. mk0813 4/24/12 11:05 AM
I should have paid the $5 a couple days ago. Should still have that option. I think this is a terrible system.
Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Tom - Support 4/24/12 11:48 AM
Hi mk0813,

We had to create a pricing model that makes sense for the product we’re offering. You can use Google Drive for free to store up to 5 GB. Beyond that, we have very affordable plans: 25 GB for $2.49/month and 100GB for $4.99/month.

Thanks,
Tom
Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. bmann505 4/24/12 11:58 AM
its only 30 dollars a yr for 25 gigs that's not to bad now if it goes beyond that well 
i cant even access it yet not in my area or something
Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. CINE MICHAEL 4/24/12 12:11 PM
please google switch the prices back as yearly, at least for the old subscribers.
Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. jessebelcher 4/24/12 12:37 PM




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    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Azriel7 4/24/12 7:06 PM
    I am confused at the bottom bit, so does it mean we can keep our (grandfather in) old google docs pricing plan?  I hope so, otherwise I will be paying more than double for the same plan I am on 200gb a year for $50 a year will suddenly turn into $10 a month which is $120 a year.  Too steep for my pockets.  I am not a fan of the new prices to be honest.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. msaeger 4/24/12 7:24 PM
    I am paying 20 a year for 80 GB now if I need more space there is no way I will pay almost three times as much as I am now. I can understand a price increase but you can't triple the price in one shot and not expect complaints. 

    I am happy about being grandfathered in but when I fill the 80GB up I can't see paying the new prices. Plus I do not want yet another monthly fee you need to at least have yearly pricing. 
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Ted J 4/24/12 9:54 PM
    +Azriel7,
      Yes you are grandfathered in to your old plan until you choose to change it.

    Ted
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. grberk 4/24/12 9:56 PM
    +1 on the annual renewal for new pricing tiers. I am grandfathered in, but why did Google get rid of annual plans?
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. magpt2000 4/25/12 8:35 AM
    Come on Tom, "pricing model that makes sense"? Comparing the old 20$/year for 80 GB and the $4.99/ month for 100 GB (59.88$/ year). it's a 0.25$/ GB to 0.60$/ GB change! More than doubled the price!!! That's just to much for the syncing option. Lets just hope Google makes a better price "sense".
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Zafazo 4/25/12 12:04 PM
    But it makes sense for what kind of service they are now offering.  They expect this service to be used quite a bit more then docs did due to the increased amount of files are can upload to G Drive and a new desktop drive that will sync all the files to your desktop computer.  

    The new pricing scheme makes sense due to the increased amount of bandwidth that is expected to be used.

    And besides if you have a plan your getting grandfathered in so your plan will not change and if you don't your getting a good price for what you can do with the space now.

    I agree with the new pricing model.  It's a more consumer friendly pricing scheme then other cloud file management alternatives of the same quality in my opinion.     

         
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. magpt2000 4/25/12 3:46 PM
    It's always difficult to explain a double price increase. Even with bandwidth and more extras!
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. magpt2000 4/25/12 3:50 PM
    take a look at http://www.livedrive.com/ForHome/Briefcase and you will find a good cloud file management $15.95/ month for 2 TB, a huge difference from Google $99.99...
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Tanaka 4/27/12 12:19 AM
    What if I had stop auto recharge on my current yearly plan?
    I thought I won't need it when Google told us photo uploads will be free with G+
    then now the new price!!
    Will I still have the chance to keep the yearly plan???
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Dave - untg 5/2/12 7:25 PM
    Don't worry about livedrive Briefcase, it has its own set of problems, the 2TB is because it takes an age and a day to transfer anything (think, 16kb/sec or slower).
    Really, you get what you pay for, I quite like drive because it includes Picasa storage as well and is nice and easy to use.
    Not up to par with Dropbox with things such as delta transfers but I'm sure they will get there and at <$5 per month for 50GB I'm not complaining.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. grberk 5/2/12 7:36 PM
    I just cancelled my Livedrive account yesterday. I have been using Livedrive for over three years, before they were even "public" here. But they are based out of the UK, and I have had very, very poor support experiences with them. They don't respond to support emails or forum posts in a timely manner. I had an old computer account in my backup account, and there was no way to delete it. I was instructed to contact their support and create a ticket to delete the old account, and three months later, it still wasn't done - even the day when I sent the email to have them close my account. I liked the simplicity of the service, but other than that, I wasn't too impressed. I won't miss their service too much.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Diverze 5/8/12 9:09 AM
    It is not, when you consider that LiveDrive offer a very similar service, and I get 2TB for £10/month.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. SidTheKid 5/23/12 9:52 AM
    Absolutely ridiculous to have a new pricing structure which is more than 600 times more expensive than the current. For example, I am currently paying only $5 per year for 20GB space. With the new pricing structure I have to pay $30 per year. I don't care about the other services which google is offering and I will not use those services.
     
    I have not heard in any other industry where they have 600 times price increase and not regulatory body such as consumer price protection agency, not take any notice.
     
    I would encourage everyone to sign the petition below to have our voices heard.
     
     
    SidTheKid
     
     
     
     
     
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Kenson M 5/30/12 8:58 AM
    Or at least an option for Yearly, OR Monthly.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. recipedude 9/3/12 1:02 PM
    Yikes, was just about to watch a devel video on the Google Drive API for a client and figured I'd check into costs before investing the time.

    Was a bit shocked at the cost (can buy redundant physical storage for less), then I found this post. 

    If this is the kind of pricing increases that could possibly appear across the Google API line of products such as drive, will recommend to clients not to invest too much time or trust into developing with Google API's without assessing the long-term risk with potential increases in future costs.

    It looks like once you're hooked that you can't trust they won't put the screws to the client and start jacking up costs even though there should be efficiency cost gains due to the scale of infrastructure. 











    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. ianfcsmith 10/2/12 9:24 PM
    Ted 
    I was told in a message from Google that because I didn't opt for the automatic yearly payment(I did it manually each year), I did not qualify to be grandfathered in. Is this really the case?
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. hdinkar 10/23/12 9:54 AM
    i used to have 20 GB of storage now i am not able to choose the same because there was some problem with my account. How to choose  20 GB /$5 plan again ?
    Nicolas Colarusso 10/24/12 8:46 PM <This message has been deleted.>
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Nicolas Colarusso 10/24/12 8:47 PM
    I may have the same problem. I have no subscriptions in my wallet. Will it be renewed?

    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. SFAMSC 11/4/12 4:24 AM
    I have the same plan as yours. I just got an email from Google and they will auto renew your subscription once the year is up.  I agree with the other folks, I hope Google would consider those who simply wish to have cheap online storage without all the bells and whistles of Google Drive. Google, please consider helping out your grandfathered customers and provide them the option to upgrade based on the old prices. 

    Many thanks!
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Beata S 11/28/12 2:46 AM
    Ah you cheap b*stards! Well, time to move on. Picasa wasn't so flawless anyway
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Jamie Abel 12/2/12 8:06 AM
    Seriously, Tom? Offer a product, then change the name and increase the fee by 500 percent? That's a sure way to make customers look elsewhere.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Documents Server 12/26/12 8:00 PM
    Its so terrible...
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Tanaka 12/26/12 9:01 PM
    In my case, I only get original plan for free for 2 more years. 
    Because I had disabled auto subscription way back before the new plans announced.
    They say they won't offer more.
    Period.
    I have registered flickr pro account although it's much much slower on uploading and viewing.
    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Georgejorge 4/7/13 5:37 PM
    Hi Tom,
    I was looking at our storage prices for Enterprise apps here: https://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html

    and the storage prices differ drastically from here
    https://www.google.com/settings/storage/?hl=en

    So, what if there is an enterprise that needs storage, what happens?

    thanks.

    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Peaceofcode.com 5/11/13 11:35 PM
    I am very unhappy with the direction Google is going with the pricing plans.
    I prefer to pay yearly. Also only a few years ago Gmail and related Google Docs before it became Google Drive was 25GB Free.

    I let my Yearly 80GB plan expire in April. I was trying to figure out why my personal email was no longer coming and I figured I was just not getting any emails :-) As it turns out since I was using more than 75GB of space and my yearly plan ended my entire account was unusable.

    So today I try to re-new my subscription for Google Drive and it is only monthly!
    I would not care so much about the new rates if I could simply pay yearly!!!

    Monthly is a huge burden. Often I use credit cards that expire or have limited funds so I can keep a tighter control on which subscriptions auto-renew.

    PLEASE GO BACK TO YEARLY.

    My company spends more than $34,500 USD monthly with Google Enterprise Apps and Google Cloud. But I can't get a simple favor of being able to pay for Yearly Google Drive plan on my personal account!!! I also can not get the product manager of Google Cloud to respond to any of my emails. All I get for spending $30k+ a months from Google is sales people who have zero influence.

    I am growing really irritated with Google!!!

    Whatever.....At least Rackspace takes me out to dinner once in a while as a thanks for all the server and cage space we rent from them monthly.

    Peer1 even purchased a plane ticket and 3 nights in a nice hotel so we could meet.

    Google sends me automated emails and forces me to pay monthly if I want to continue using their services......NOT HAPPY!

    Re: how come it is now more expensive for google drive. $5 dollars a year for 20gb sounds a lot better than $2.50 a month for 25gb. Stephen Slater 5/15/13 4:55 AM
    google has in the uk only paid 6 million in tax and soon enough there will be new laws to make companys pay ,there was a news report about a meeting of european finance ministers on may 13th on bbc online news. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22524970
    basically if google has to pay we will have to make up the shortfall as ever so prices go up or you have to shop around.if you are unhappy to pay the new prices do shop around i will be doing just that.
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