Gmail Drops Storage Prices
Article by George Norman
On 16 Nov 2009
At the time of writing this, the Google developed email client provides a total of 7GB of storage space. It may not seem like much to some of you, but it is definitely a lot better than the amount of storage space Gmail provided 5 years ago – just 1GB. Hopefully this amount of storage space (the 7GB mentioned earlier) will grow in the future. But until that happens, the Mountain View-based search engine giant is offering more storage space for less money – basically it dropped the prices for Gmail storage space.

Back in 2007 Google offered Gmail users the option to purchase additional storage space. Because the simple truth of matter is that some Gmail users need more than 7GB. When the user reached the storage space limit, he could consider buying additional space as an overflow solution. Plans back in ’07 started at $20 per year for 6GB and they went all the way up to 250GB.


The numbers presented above are as of this month outdated. Google has dropped the prices. You can get an additional 20GB of storage space for $5 per year – that’s a lot of space for very little money. Just to put things in perspective, 20GB is the equivalent of 10,000 full resolution images (assuming they were taken on a 5 megapixel digital camera). And if 20GB is still not enough, storage space plans go up to 16 terabytes.

“This extra storage acts as an overflow that you only start using when you reach the limit of your free storage, and is shared for use between Gmail and Picasa Web Albums. Picasa has always come with a gigabyte of free storage to share photos, but people need even more storage as they start taking more pictures and moving full resolution backups of their photo collection into the cloud,” added Software Engineer with Google, Elvin Lee.

If you would like to purchase additional Gmail storage space, please click here.

Tags: Google, Gmail, Storage space
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