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October 12, 2007

Gmail's Storage Increases, 6 GB in January 2008


Gmail will increase the free storage gradually in the next days. On October 23, you'll get 4321 MB of storage, then the growth will slow down until January 4, when you'll have 6283 MB of storage. From January 4, you'll receive 3.3 MB every day, that's 10 times bigger than the current rate of growth.

Another good news is that Google Apps mail accounts will have the same quota as standard Gmail accounts, while Google Apps Premier Edition will have 25 GB mail accounts. Previously, Google Apps accounts had 2 GB of storage, while the business edition offered 10 GB per account.

Gmail didn't abandon the paid storage option, but you'll get around 50% more storage for the same price: 10 GB for $20/year, 40 GB for $75/year, 150 GB for $250/year and 400 GB for $500/year. The paid storage will probably become more attractive when Google adds more services, like Google Docs, JotSpot or GDrive.

"In April 2005, we started increasing Gmail storage as part of our "Infinity+1" storage plan. At that time, we realized we'd never reach infinity, but we promised to keep giving Gmail users more space as we were able," explains the Gmail Blog. Meanwhile, Yahoo and Microsoft also increased the storage (Yahoo even claims to offer "infinite" storage) and Gmail became the top webmail service with the least amount of free storage.

43 comments:

  1. Great! And I like your graph. One thing, though, is that despite the counter on the login page my inbox still reads 2911 at the bottom. Does that always happen? Is there a glitch?

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  2. Yes, the storage will increase gradually to reach the two targets mentioned in the post. For example, until October 23, the growth rate will be around 128 MB a day. From October 23 to January 4, the growth rate will be 23 MB a day. Then it will decrease to 3.3 MB a day.

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  3. Thanks for the post. Just noticed that I'm at :
    "You are currently using 701 MB (24%) of your 2910 MB."

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  4. i am at:
    You are currently using 2589 MB (88%) of your 2937 MB.

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  5. How does that effect the Google Apps for Edu? Currently it's capped at 2GB. Will that go up as well?

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  6. Google Apps for Education has the same storage as the regular Google Apps and Gmail.

    There are three categories of Gmail users, if you look at the storage:

    - regular Gmail users: 6 GB in January, +1 Gb/year from that point. You can pay for more storage.

    - non-paying Google Apps users: the same as before, except you can't pay for more storage.

    - paying Google Apps users: 25 GB ($50/year - the price includes more than just Gmail's storage).

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  7. I recently purchased some extra storage space (after filling Gmail up 3 times and getting sick of deleting so many emails)... I wonder if they'll automatically bump me up to the amount offered then, at what I've already paid....

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  8. I have three domains with Google Apps. One of them (the newest one, like two months) already says:
    "You are currently using 399 MB (13%) of your 2911 MB."

    The other two (that were created in the beginning of Google Apps) still saids:
    "You are currently using 1445 MB (70%) of your 2048 MB."

    I guess it will take some time to be applied to all domains.

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  9. Your counter is really dramatic.What i have written went wrong.?Still happy guys..!

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  10. His is going at the same rate as the gmail's login page, guys.

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  11. ymail with infinite storage beats this

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  12. Terrific post, I thought it was a bug in the Google software that showed me as having 2910 mb for my domain today. With 500 accounts, I may never, ever run out of space in my lifetime. I love Google, long live Google!

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  13. Google always save the best for last . More surprise will be install Google Fans

    Thank you .

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  14. Anonymous said...

    ymail with infinite storage beats this

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 3:18:00 AM PDT

    there's nothing as limitless. Everything has its own limit (have you ever heard unlimited space hardics?). The "infinite" terms used by yahoo is just absurd.

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  15. From Yahoo Help:

    "Users that follow normal email practices and comply with our anti-abuse limits can consume an unlimited amount of free email storage. (...) The purpose of unlimited storage isn't to provide an online storage warehouse. Usage that suggests this approach gets flagged by Yahoo! Mail's anti-abuse controls. Unlimited storage gives normal email account users like yourself an opportunity to not have to worry about hitting a storage limit."

    I suppose sending/receiving 30MB of email a day is not excessive. But 30MB*365 days=10.7GB for a year, and that's much more than Gmail offers.

    Do you know more about Yahoo Mail's limits and policies?

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  16. Storage: 3.1 GB (23%) of 13.2 GB
    I should have wait a bit before buying additionnal storage :-(

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  17. Is that really true, I read about this

    http://cmath331.blogspot.com/2007/10/gmail-what-is-your-storage-space.html

    Is it possible that this is a coding error?

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  18. So you read the post and now you think this is a coding error...

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  19. the guy at cmat331.blogspot is an idiot. If you take a look at the source code of the gmail webpage, you see that the "dynamic part" starts at 2757, but then there's the rest of the code that will add an increasing amount to that number... I know that I didn't explain myself properly, but programming is not my game. Anyway, if you check out the source code of the page, you can find:

    -----------
    Mais de [span id=quota]2757.272164[/span] megabytes (e esse número vai aumentar)
    -----------


    So that's the number he sees if he stops the rest of the code from loading.

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  20. this is disappointing. i was hoping that gmail will offer 10gb by september 2008 in celebration of google's 10th birthday.

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  21. I wouldn't worry about mail storage. It will definitely grow again, but the numbers are already irrelevant. In September you had less than 3 GB, in January you'll have 6 GB. That's a huge growth and the new storage should be enough for many years (at least for most people).

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  22. Yes! More space for archiving about everything... Thanks Google!

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  23. I signed up for GMail for my office purpose, but it is offering me only 2.4GB of storage. I thought I will get more than 4.8gb. Is this offer only for existing GMail users??

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  24. I guess they gotta keep up with Yahoo...

    The thing is...I doubt Google actually has 4 Gigabytes of space set aside this very MINUTE for EVERY gmail user.

    After all, it's only text on a webpage ;) Who knows....but I mean, I can't see it. I think most people are still using probably around (less than or equal to....) 10% of their gmail space.

    With their whole Gmail Upgrade plan they released a while back, I'm wondering why they are still increasing our space....you'd think they'd keep it as it is, and let people just buy more space if they need it?


    I just think it's a competition though, obviously....a competitor is claiming near unlimited e-mail space (which if I recall, they "released" the change after Gmail posted their Gmail storage upgrade plan(s)?)...


    I'm not bashin anyone though, More space is great :)

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  25. why don't you increase the free storage on picasa, as well ??

    1 gb is not enough

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  26. If anyone can make a difference here, increasing picasaweb storage would help.

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  27. I wonder if the Gmail storage space growth rate would have been increased if Hotmail had not upgraded its free email accounts to 5GB on august 13th, 2007?!

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  28. I wonder if the Hotmail storage space would have been increased from 4 MB if Gmail had not offered 1 GB in April 2004.

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  29. New Hotmail is in its functionality, design and user frendliness still lightyears behind Gmail.

    As far as I was willing to submit myself to test it Yahoo Mail is just a very poorly working New Hotmail clone and its features that are not copied from Microsoft are even worse.

    Gmail still remains the best free email provider worldwide.

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  30. Three Kudos and Cheers to the Googlers!

    This is THE reason that Google Mail is my PRIMARY free email service...I do have Yahoo...and it really pales in comparison to GMail...

    Thanks GMail and the Google Guys...and this blog's moderators...

    ALL of you deserve the success you have! ;)

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  31. Gmail is better than yahoo, even if given unlimited space

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  32. I both Gmail and Hotmail than yahoo! but hotmail designed colors better than Gmail.

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  33. hotmail is better

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  34. gmail is better, once you are used to its interface.

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  35. The counter here seems to be 174 MB above the official GMAIL counter:

    [url]https://mail.google.com[/url]

    I wonder why?

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  36. The explanation is simple: Gmail updated the formula that determines the storage quota and the increase has slowed down.

    From Gmail's source code:

    // Estimates of nanite storage generation over time.
    var CP = [
    [ 1199433600000, 6283 ],
    [ 1224486000000, 7254 ], - 7254 MB, Oct. 20, 2008
    [ 2144908800000, 10996 ], - 10996 MB, Dec. 20, 2037
    [ 2147328000000, 43008 ],
    [ 46893711600000, Number.MAX_VALUE ]
    ];

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  37. I tried to send a short video to my son, but I receive an e-mail back from the postmaster saying that the message is larger that the current system limit. Will my chances of sending larger messages increase when my storage limit increases?

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  38. Your video was probably larger than 20 megabytes.
    The per-message size limit remains at 20MB, unless otherwise announced. It typically does not grow together with the per-account space quota.

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  39. The increase rate was reduced by GOOGLE.

    The GMAIL quota right now is only 7332 MB.

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