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 https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageStorage.)
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.
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