Google tests with 1000GB e-mail limit

Google just escalated the e-mail storage arms race by a factor of 1,000

Several users of the search engine’s Gmail Web-based e-mail service noticed Tuesday that their storage limits had quietly been raised to 1 million megabytes, or 1 terabyte. That’s four times the typical capacity of a new high-end PC’s hard drive.

The Gmail service still is in testing, and it wasn’t immediately clear how widely Google will offer the higher storage limit, under what conditions, or to which users.

Google didn’t respond for requests for comment late Tuesday.

Detroit resident Rajiv Vyas, who has been using Gmail for about a month, was wowed by the change. “It’s great. Although I am not sure what I will do will all this memory,” he said. “In the long run, it would help me store not only photos but every file on my desktop. This is 10 times more (storage space) than what I have on my office or home PC.”

News source: Google triggered a rush to offer more storage space for Web-based e-mail services with the April announcement of 1GB of capacity. The move pressured the dominant Web-based e-mail service providers, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail, which currently charge subscribers $10 to $50 per year for a much smaller amount of e-mail storage space.

Yahoo responded to Gmail with a plan for 100MB of space. In the United Kingdom, Lycos is moving to offer 1GB for a fee. And the Macintosh-focused competitor Spymac offers 1GB at no cost.

Gmail’s liberal storage limits may be popular, but the service’s terms triggered privacy concerns because of Google’s plan to scan the content of e-mail messages in order to serve up targeted advertisements.


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