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More Space For Gmail

A few months back, I wrote a story about storage limits on free Web mail. The story focused around Google's Gmail, which offered an "Archive, Don't Delete" message when it launched service with a whopping 1-gigabyte capacity back in 2004. Today, Google offers 2.8 gigabytes of storage but some power users - those whose inbox archives were filled with space-hungry attachments - were running out of space, with no way to add more storage.

Today, Google is announcing an optional add-on storage bank for Gmail and its Picasa Web Albums - $20 per year for 6 gigabytes, and plans that will take you all the way up to 250 GB. This still doesn't beat Yahoo's unlimited-storage inbox but it's a good price compared to Microsoft's Live Hotmail, which offers 2 GB free and double that for $20-per-year premium customers. AOL offers 5 GB for free.

(Not sure how much storage you're using on Gmail or Picasa Web? Log in to your Google account and go to

The ability to add storage to Picasa Web Albums (which includes 1 GB of space) comes at a good time. Yahoo is shutting down its Photo site on Sept. 20, transitioning users to other Web albums such as its Flickr service. Flickr only allows 100 MB of uploads per month - they call it a bandwidth limitation, not a storage issue. But for $24.95 a year, you get unlimited uploads.

Coming soon from Google: add-on storage packages for Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

By Sam Diaz  |  August 10, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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Not sure why you insist on hyphening "G-Mail" in this post, especially since your linked story spells it correctly as "Gmail."

Posted by: Dan | August 10, 2007 1:42 PM

Good catch, Dan. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. One of the great things about a blog - I went back in and quickly made the fix.

Posted by: samdiaz | August 10, 2007 3:01 PM

In the US, you've been able to add storage to picasa for a long time. Not sure why they're plugging it like it's something new (though the 6GB cost has gone down five dollars).

Posted by: DI | August 10, 2007 4:44 PM

I'm one of those Gmail users who saved everything along the way thinking it would never get full... now scrambling to free up space at over 90% capacity. While it's nice to know that there are paid storage options above that, what I really want to know is whether there's a way to sort mail by SIZE so I can easily clear out a bunch of the huge attachments (which are buried throughout 3+ years of archived messages). Is there a way to sort by Size yet? And if not, why not? Thanks!

Posted by: BGD | August 10, 2007 5:52 PM

The Answer to your problem is called Windows Home Server

Posted by: Brian | August 13, 2007 2:33 AM

Everyone talks about companies that increase their email storage. You mentioned that AOL has now offered 5 gigs of space.

Nobody seems to mention that has offered 5 gigs for many years now. They have email, photos and storage with a 20 meg allocation upload per instance and 50 meg upload per instance with their toolbar.

They are a very stable company and I have been using them long before any other company went beyond the 1 gig threshold.

One other point, unlike Yahoo with its unlimited storage, does not have tag lines at the end of an email.

Posted by: Russ | August 13, 2007 9:43 AM

with the free POP3 access, why not just use Outlook or Thunderbird (or whatever program you'd like), and keep everything on the PC, save and sort to your heart's content?

Posted by: Norcross | August 13, 2007 9:45 AM

>> does not have tag lines at the end of an email.<<

They do for me.

Posted by: Paul | August 16, 2007 7:04 PM

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