Amazon Cloud’s Unlimited Storage Plans
Amazon recently announced two unlimited storage plans for its cloud-based storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. The plan focuses on two points. The first is for those who want to store an unlimited amount of photos, called the Unlimited Photos Plan, which costs $11.99 per year. The second is called the Unlimited Everything Plan that costs $59.99 per year. There is also a free three-month trial, but at around $5 per month it is a great deal no matter how much or how little storage you actually will use.
Previously, Amazon offered 5 GB of cloud storage for free and a tiered price structure for anything more. The most storage offered was 1TB for $500 per year. The new plan completely crushes these plans. Amazon has not said whether it will allow those on the 5GB free plan to stay that way or upgrade them to the lowest tier of the new plans, though the old plans are most likely going to be obsolete in the near future.
The Amazon Cloud Drive, unlike some other drive services, does not have proper desktop sync software. This means you have to manually select the files and folders you want to upload and then manually download them when you add them to another device through the cloud. It does, however, have an automatic photo backup apps for iOS and Android.
In comparison of the Amazon Cloud Drive:
- Dropbox charges $10 for 1TB per month with 2GB available for free
- Google charges $9.99 per month for 1TB and $299 for 30TB with 15GB free
- Apple charges $19.99 per month for 1TB with 5GB free
- Microsoft charges $6.99 per month for 1TB ad 15GB free