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Comparing clouds: What’s the cheapest cloud service you can get right now?

Published Jun 4th, 2014 7:45AM EDT
iCloud vs Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Amazon vs Dropbox

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Apple’s iCloud is a major feature of both iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, with the iPhone maker having announced significant improvements for its cloud solution at WWDC 2014, including more affordable prices. However, that doesn’t mean Apple’s cloud is the cheapest one available. In the very competitive cloud business, other major players including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Dropbox and Box have their own affordable offers. CNET has put together a price comparison between these various offers.

If you’re looking for the best free cloud, then Google Drive is the top choice, as Google offers 15GB of free storage with each Google account. Box is second with 10GB of free storage, Microsoft is third with 7GB, while Apple and Amazon offer 5GB of free storage to users.

Dropbox has a measly 2GB of storage for free users.

When it comes to paid clouds, not all these providers have the same pricing tiers.

For 20GB of storage, Amazon has the best offer at $10 per year, with Apple following close at under $12 per year.

Users looking for 50GB of storage can check out Microsoft or Amazon, both charging $25 per year for that amount of storage.

The 100GB tier is available from multiple providers, with Google’s being the best offer at around $24 per year. Microsoft and Amazon both charge $50 per year, Box has it priced at $60 per year, while Dropbox wants $99 per year. There are plenty of other offers available at this particular tier, both for Android and iPhone users.

For 200GB of cloud storage per year, users will have to pay Apple $50, or $100 to either Microsoft or Amazon, and $240 to Dropbox.

Apple’s 1TB price is yet to be determined, but Microsoft may have an interesting proposal, at $2.50 per user per month for the same amount. Google sells of 1TB for $120 a year, while Amazon charges $500 per year for 1TB of cloud data. Both Box and Dropbox have unlimited plans that may be better suited for some families, groups or companies, both priced at $15 per user, per month. However, Box needs at least three users, while Dropbox requires 5 users for this plan.

One other factor to be considered when purchasing cloud storage is the kind of devices it will be mostly used on, with some of these cloud offers being compatible only with certain platforms. For example, Apple’s iCloud Drive will be limited to Windows, Mac and iOS devices, while Windows Phone is currently supported only by Box and Microsoft’s One Drive.

Also worth noting is that Apple’s iCloud Drive prices aren’t available just yet.

A full rundown of prices is available at CNET, following the source link below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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