Amazon has announced that the Amazon Drive Unlimited plan will no longer be available. Amazon Drive is an online storage solution that competes with Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and so on.
The unlimited plan, called Cloud Drive Unlimited, was launched in March 2015, picking up a fairly successful deal: it was the storage plan that provided more room at lower prices than the rest of the competition. Of course, it was not perfect: it did not allow you to view online common files like Office documents, and the client that was used to synchronize data with the cloud was not perfect.
The plan’s cancellation confirmation also comes from the FAQ of Amazon:
Amazon is now providing options for customers to choose the storage plan that is right for them. Amazon will no longer offer an unlimited storage plan. Instead, we’ll offer storage plans of 100 GB for $11.99 and 1 TB for $59.99, up to 30 TB for an additional $59.99 per TB. Any customer that signs up for storage with Amazon automatically gets 5 GB for free, and Prime members receive free unlimited photo storage.
So now, at the cost of the unlimited plan, there is 1 TB. This approach brings Amazon closer to its competitors, but it still is the most convenient:
- Dropbox Plus: € 99 per year
- Google Drive: $ 99.99 per year
- Microsoft OneDrive: $ 69.99 (including one year of Office 365 Personal)
The new plans will take effect from now on. However, Amazon Prime customers will still have the unlimited storage plan for photos.