Amazon kills off unlimited storage plan for their Cloud Drive

Amazon has eliminated the unlimited option for their Amazon Drive cloud storage service. Replacing the $59.99 per year unlimited plan are tiered plans where you pay for the amount of storage being used. The new plans start at $11.99 per year for 100GB, move to $59.99 per year for 1TB, and cost $59.99 for each additional terabyte, up to a cap of 30TB.

The new plans go into effect today for new customers, but existing customers with unlimited plans will be able continue using their unlimited storage until their plan expires. Once the plan expires, existing customers who are using less than 1TB of storage will automatically be switched to the 1TB plan for $59.99 per year, unless they’ve disabled auto-renew. Existing unlimited plan customers who have more than 1TB of storage used, or those with auto-renew disabled, will need to manually select one of the new plans once their existing plan expires.

Existing customers who do not transition to one of the new plans, be it automatically or manually, after their current unlimited plan expires will have 180 days to download their data and/or delete files to meet their storage limits. After those 180 days, files will automatically be deleted, starting with the most recently uploaded files, until the storage used reaches the 5GB quota offered for free to all customers.

Prime members will continue to receive unlimited Prime Photo storage, in addition to 5GB of free storage. Only non-photo storage will count towards the new storage tier limits for Prime members. So, for example, if you’re a Prime member with the unlimited plan and are using 140GB, of which 50GB are photos, you would need to pay for a new plan that covers 90GB of cloud storage, not 140GB.

For more information about the changes see Amazon’s page and FAQs about the new plans.

  1. tech3475 says:

    I’m honestly not surprised, especially at the price they were charging.

    But still, at this price, unless there’s some kind of other reason I’d likely get office 365 instead for 1TB.

    BTW, as of posting Amazon UK is still promoting unlimited storage.

    • ger630 says:

      Office365 split between 5 people is the way to go! ;)

      • tech3475 says:

        Only downside looking it up is that they’re very touchy about what is stored on it, even if it’s not shared.

        So if you’re storing anything….controversial (e.g. self nudie pics), presuming they don’t block it, ensure its encrypted.

  2. Robert Theed says:

    That blows. The whole reason I got it was so I could record video on my phone and it would automatically sync and I could watch it on my Fire TV minutes later. Oh, well. At least I’ll save $50 a year.

  3. Ujn Hunter says:

    Any idea why Amazon Drive customers weren’t emailed about this change?

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