- Google One cloud storage plans are seeing price increases for subscribers in Kenya starting on October 21, 2023.
- The base 100GB plan is going up 25% from Ksh 200 to Ksh 250 per month.
- Google cites inflation and currency exchange rates as factors driving the Google One price adjustments.
As our digital footprint continues to expand, cloud storage has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of our daily lives. Whether safeguarding cherished memories, organizing crucial documents, or collaborating on professional endeavors, cloud storage services have undeniably simplified our routines.
Google One, a stalwart in this domain, has provided reliable storage solutions to countless users. However, as the calendar inches towards October 21, 2023, an impactful alteration awaits Google One subscribers in Kenya.
Google has revealed modifications to the pricing structure of its esteemed cloud storage service, Google One, specifically tailored for Kenyan subscribers.
The changes have been gradually introduced, with new subscribers experiencing the updated prices from September 21, 2023, onwards. For existing customers, these changes will be reflected in their bills starting October 21, 2023.
New Price Structure for Google One in Kenya
For many, the basic 100GB plan is the entry point to Google One. Previously Ksh 200 per month, this tier will now cost Ksh 250 – a 25% increase. While not drastic, it reflects the growing expense of digital convenience.
The 200GB plan sees a more modest but still noticeable increase, rising from Ksh 300 to Ksh 380 per month. The 2TB plan is going up 25% from Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 1,250.
For heavy storage users, the top-tier plans take a bigger hit. The 10TB tier is surging Ksh 1,250 to Ksh 6,250 – a sizable 20% jump. The 20TB plan also increases 20% from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 12,500.
Finally, the massive 30TB tier will cost Ksh 18,750 after the change, compared to Ksh 15,000 previously. This represents the largest price hike at 25% for the highest capacity plan.
Review Storage Needs Before October Renewal
For existing Google One users in Kenya, it’s important to review your storage usage before the higher pricing takes effect upon renewal. Determine whether your current plan still suits your needs or if a downgrade makes sense.
With limits like 100GB for the base plan, many individuals may find they can get by with less storage than before as other cloud alternatives like Dropbox have emerged. But frequent collaboration sharers may want bigger capacity.
Consider Third-Party Tools to Analyze Usage
To decide if a smaller Google One plan could work, try using third-party tools like Disk Space Fan to analyze your cloud storage utilization. This provides insight on whether you can save money with a reduced tier.
Alternatively, the 2TB or higher plans could be worthwhile if you find yourself continually bumping up against limits. While costlier, the extra headroom may be justified for heavy cloud users.
Weigh Options Before Google One Renewal
With the October 21st deadline looming for existing subscribers, be proactive in evaluating Google One storage needs and pricing options before automatic renewal. This ensures you pick the optimal plan and avoid surprise charges.
Transitioning providers is also an option for those wanting to lock in lower pricing elsewhere, albeit with compromised integration. As digital costs rise, vigilant consumers have options to minimize cloud expenses.