Google on Friday announced a holiday promotion by offering 1 Terabyte of Google Drive storage worth $240 along with the purchase of Chromebook. The offer will be valid for two years is expected to boost sales during the holiday season.
Consumers opting for a Chrome laptop can take full advantage of the promotion as some laptops are priced lesser than the $240 value offered by Google. Group Product Manager Alex Vogenthaler stated that with the free storage users can play, work and anything else during the holiday season. Chromebooks starting from $199 is being offered in online retailers like Amazon or Newegg, retail stores and on Google Play.
“That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 awkward holiday sweater pics safe and shareable in Drive,” said Vogenthaler in a blog post.
Leading companies like Microsoft and Amazon are also offering free storage space. Microsoft Office 365 subscribers were offered an unlimited amount of storage, though the company did not announce when the unlimited storage will be available to users. Amazon Prime subscribers will receive an unlimited cloud storage for Prime Photo service that is stored on the Amazon Cloud service. The photos can be uploaded via storage on iOS, Android, Windows and Fires OS.
However, the question remains on how long the companies will offer free storage and the status of Chromebook owners using Google Drive for 2 years. The user is likely to pay for the data that is stored on Google drive or transfer the massive amounts of data in the case of Microsoft’s service. Consumers will rethink the strategy of “free storage” that is actually not free and might be a promotion for cloud storage which is seen as a business with a great potential.
Google is also expected to announce more deals or offers on Chromebooks during the holiday season. Consumers opting to buy the laptops must redeem the 2-year free storage offer before Jan.1 2015.
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