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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Gmail With 9030 MB?

Some of you are reporting that Gmail is now showing almost 9 gigabyte (9,030 MB, to be exact). I can’t reproduce this, I’m currently at 2,886 MB. Who else is getting this?
[Thanks Brad and Luka! Image by Brad.]

Update: Many are speculating right now that this increased Gmail storage is reflecting the overall storage for those who have a Picasa Premium account. A Google Picasa Premium account starts at 6.25 GB for $25/ year. 6.25 GB + the normal 2,886 MB I’m seeing adds up to 9,286 megabytes, which is at least in the range of the 9,030 MB number. At the same time, another forum thread discusses the apparent removal of the Picasa upgrade option. However, not all who say they received the “Gmail upgrade” are also Picasa Premium users, so it’s still unclear what happened. [Thanks everyone!]

Update 2: Keith in the comments posts a screenshot showing a Google account storage page that lists different Google services, all with a unified storage back-end. Instead of 6.25 GB for Picasa, this page lists 6 GB... and 6 GB + 2886 MB exactly matches the 9030 MB. “Each Google service offers you some free storage,” the Google page reads and continues, “You can use your paid storage across many Google services.”

Sounds like the beginnings of a Google Drive, though it’s called Google Shared Storage for now. When you follow the “upgrade your storage” link, you will be able to purchase additional storage (with Google Checkout), independent of any particular Google application. The options right now are:

6 GB ($1.00 per year)
25 GB ($75.00 per year)
100 GB ($250.00 per year)
250 GB ($500.00 per year)

Whoopee. I’ve just paid for some extra Gmail storage for $1.

More in the follow-up post...

[Thanks Keith! Top image by Keith.]


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