How to Choose the Best Deals for Cloud Storage

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With so many cloud storage options at various prices, it’s tough to determine which would work best for you and your wallet.

Whether it’s limited storage for images and shared files, or something more expansive for a small business or family use, anyone can find the right service at the right price for their needs.

Cloud StorageHere’s a rundown of various cloud storage services and what they offer for free and at a price.

Free Storage

Both Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive offer 15 GB of free storage to start, but the latter gives an additional 5 GB for referring new users and another 3 GB when for setting up automatic camera roll backup.

iCloud gives users 5 GB of free storage. However, the Apple service doesn’t leave any room for earning additional free space. Anything beyond the initial 5 GB comes at a price.

DropBox offers the least amount of storage off the bat — a mere 2 GB for free when users sign up, but gives ample opportunity to rack up additional free space. Users can earn up to an additional 16 GB of free space by referring friends. Connecting social networks, signing up for the Mailbox app, and filling out a feedback survey will also lead to additional free space on DropBox.

Need More Storage, but Less Than 1 TB?

For some people, free services will never offer enough storage. For those willing to pay for additional space, each of the services offers premium packages for reasonable prices.

Apple users who want just a bit more space can get 20 GB of data for 99 cents a month (5 cents per GB). If 20 GB isn’t enough, iCloud offers 200 GB for $3.99/month (2 cents per GB) or 500 GB for $5.99/month (1 cent/GB).

Google Drive users can get 100 GB for $1.99/month (2 cents/GB). OneDrive makes the same offer, while also giving users the option to purchase 200 GB for $3.99/month (2 cents/GB). DropBox doesn’t offer any paid storage options less than 1 TB.

1 TB Storage Offers

These cloud providers also have a 1 TB storage option. This could be the way to go for anyone with a great deal of pictures or videos, as well as people who rely on the cloud for almost all of their storage and families who want to keep shared files in a single place.

Google Drive offers 1 TB of storage for $9.99/month. DropBox is priced similarly, with both a $9.99/month offer and a 99.99/year offer, which will save users willing to make a longer commitment about $20/year. Apple’s terabyte is the most expensive, coming in at $19.99/month.

With a Microsoft 365 subscription, which is priced at $69.99/year for the Personal edition, users get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space for free. Businesses using OneDrive can get 1 TB of storage for $2.50/month per user, which is a sale price at 50% off the regular one. Businesses that need additional storage can get it for 20 cents/GB for each user.

 

 


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  1. jimkinley

    My two cents? Instead of going for the big guys, choose a smaller company that cares for its customers more (otherwise it wouldn’t exist, right)? Something like pCloud (great storage) or SpiderOak (great security).