Cloud storage services pricing compared – June 2014

Cloud storage services pricing compared

Microsoft just announced a price reduction for its OneDrive service by offering 15GB of free storage, up from 7GB. The monthly plan for 100GB is dropped from $7.49 to $1.99, and 200GB is down from $11.49 to $3.99. If you subscribed to Office 365, you get 1TB of free space, up from 20GB.

Cloud storage service is a textbook example of how competition benefits us. But the pricing could be confusing due to the varieties of free tier and monthly plans offered by cloud storage providers. We breakdown the pricing of iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive in a quick summary to help you pick the right cloud service. Pricing should not be the only criteria to look at, but is a good place to start when evaluating cloud storage services.

To keep things simple, we’ll focus on personal use cases and ignore enterprise storage plans. Here’s how iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive stack up.

  iCloud

iCloud (fall 2014)

Dropbox Google Drive OneDrive
Free plan 5GB 5GB 2 GB 15 GB 15 GB
10 GB $1.66/month
20 GB $3.33/month $0.99/month
50 GB $8.33/month
100 GB $9.99/month
($8.25/month for
$99 yearly plan)
$1.99/month $1.99/month
200 GB $3.99/month $19.99/month
($16.58/month for
$199 yearly plan) 
$3.99/month
500 GB $49.99/month
($41.58/month for
$499 yearly plan) 
1 TB –  –  $9.99/month
10 TB $99.99/month
20 TB $199.99/month
30 TB $299.99/month
File size limit 10 GB 2 GB
OS supported Mac, iOS,
Windows
Mac, iOS,
Windows
Windows, Mac,
Linux, iOS, Android,
Blackberry, Kindle Fire
Windows, Mac,
iOS, Android
Windows, Mac,
iOS, Android