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#OtvTECH: Google Offers Free 1 TB Google Drive Storage With Chromebook Purchase, Heats Up Online Storage Wars

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Just in time for the holidays, Group Product
Manager Alex Vogenthaler announced on Friday
a deal that should make shopping for a laptop a
little bit easier. Customers who purchase a
Chromebook, starting now, will get 1 TB of free
storage space in Google Drive for two years.
That’s a $240 value, which is the price of some
Chomebooks and Windows 8.1 products this
holiday season.
“That’s enough space to keep more than
100,000 awkward holiday sweater pics safe and
shareable in Drive,” Vogenthaler said. “With that
much free storage, you can use your
Chromebook for work, play and pretty much
everything else you’ll do this holiday season.”
The news arrives after Microsoft said that Office
365 users will get an unlimited amount of
OneDrive space for free. There’s no catch other
than customers need an Office 365 subscription.
The company indicated that the rollout will take
several months to complete, and that customers
will be notified by Microsoft once the free
unlimited storage is added.
Amazon also recently made a move to offer
more storage. The company revealed earlier this
month that Prime subscribers will receive free
unlimited photo storage with its Prime Photos
service. The photos will be stored in Amazon’s
Cloud Drive and can be uploaded by using a PC,
a Mac, iOS devices, Android devices and the
company’s own Fire tablets and phone.
The race to earn your business by offering
“free” online storage is just beginning. Of course,
these current offerings by Amazon and Microsoft
require a monthly fee for access, and Google’s
own storage solution will cost users money once
the promotion runs dry. As it stands now, 15 GB
of Google Drive storage is free, 100 GB is $1.99
per month, 1 TB is $9.99 per month, and 10 TB
and over starts at $99.99 per month.
Honestly, two years of Google Drive seems like a
great deal, but what happens when that
promotion ends? Either users must pay the
monthly fee or find somewhere else to park
their data. Will Google provide a warning before
the two years is up? Two years is a long time,
enough to get customers hooked into the service
and make it difficult to head anywhere else.
The story here, though, is that this free storage
space will come with Chromebooks this holiday
season. Will that be enough of an incentive to
purchase a Chromebook? Further, will two years’
worth of free storage be enough to pull
customers away from Windows 8.1 solutions
with the same price tag? We knew there would
be a price war between Chromebooks and
Windows 8.1 devices this holiday season, and
now we’re in the thick of it just over a month
away from Christmas.
You can purchase a Chromebook through Google
Play , online via retailers such as Amazon and
Newegg
, and at local retail outlets such as Best
Buy. The free 2-year storage offer must be
redeemed before January 1, 2015.

Culled from: Toms Hardware.

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