Online storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Apple iCloud have various marketing gimmicks that exert a pull on customers. It is difficult to say who has the best offers; it all depends on you, the operating system and type of files you want to send up the clouds.
Dropbox gives out 2GB for free. You can get up to 16GB free storage if you refer a bunch of friends. You get an extra 500MB per referral. One terabyte of storage on Dropbox cost US$9.99 per month.
Google Drive offers 15GB free with no strings attached. 100GB leaves you US$1.99 per month poorer. 1TB cost just as good as Dropbox; US$9.99.
Apple’s iCloud is tightfisted on free storage space; it offers a meager 5GB. You pay US$0.99 per month for 20GB, part away with US$3.99 for 200GB or shell out US$9.99 per month for 1TB.
Just like Google, Microsoft used to offer 15GB for free but this is no longer the case. Microsoft is cheaper on 1TB storage as it asks for only US$6.99 per month.
Microsoft went further to make its cloud services even more appealing. Until recently, the company was offering unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers. This meant that for only US$9.99 per month one got not only Office 365 subscription for a month but also unlimited storage on OneDrive.
Some enterprising users got the message loud and clear. They started to back up numerous PCs, stored movies and a collection of DVD recordings. In some instances this exceeded 75TB per user. This was 14,000 times what Microsoft thought would be adequate for an average user. With that, the company has decided to defang cloud storage options for consumers.
Microsoft has decreased its free OneDrive storage from 15GB to only 5GB for all users current or new. The 15GB camera roll storage bonus has been discontinued.
Microsoft has refused to be pushed into buying massive data silos but has instead decided to downgrade its paid office 365 offers. Those currently on unlimited Plan will now receive just 1TB of storage. If you currently have more than 1TB on your OneDrive, Microsoft will give you one year to move that mountain of data elsewhere.
The 100GB and 200GB for US$1.99 and US$3.99 per month will no longer be offered to new customers but those already on the scheme will continue to use the service. Those willing to go for those lower tiers will have to part with the same for half the amount of data; they will have to pay US$1.99 per month for 50GB from January 2016.
Microsoft has further said those that are unhappy with this developed can apply for a pro-rated refund.
I don’t know what the Redmond based Company was thinking about; if you offer unlimited storage, you got to understand that means anything. Why unleash anger to customers who did what was rightful to them?
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