Amazon Adds Unlimited Cloud Drive Plans
Amazon.com Inc. added two unlimited cloud storage plans to its Cloud Drive offering, upping the storage ante with competitors such as Microsoft and Google.
"Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices," said Amazon exec Josh Petersen in a statement. "And they don't know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up. With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don't need to worry about storage space -- they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music and files in one convenient place."
The two plans include Unlimited Photos for a flat fee of $11.99 per year -- with 5 GB for videos or other files -- or Unlimited Everything for all kinds of documents and files for $59.99 per year.
For owners of Amazon's Fire smartphone, Cloud Drive is already available. Amazon is providing Cloud Drive apps for the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store (for iOS devices) and Google Play (for Android devices), along with a desktop app.
Although cloud storage plans and options from various vendors are almost too numerous to track, Microsoft and Google don't currently offer strictly equivalent unlimited storage plans for a flat fee.
Both new Amazon plans are available for a three-month trial.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.