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Microsoft recently cut their OneDrive storage amounts How to Move OneDrive to Google Drive After Storage Cut How to Move OneDrive to Google Drive After Storage Cut The Internet is angry at Microsoft. After promising unlimited storage with the Office 365 subscription, and 15 GB of storage for free users, the company has reneged on its promise. All because some users abused... Read More so that Office 365 subscribers get 1 TB while free users only get 5 GB. Even their paid plan limit was brought down to 50 GB. In short, Microsoft boned users with this move.

And to show who’s really the boss of user satisfaction, Google is now offering up to 1 TB of Drive storage for free users. There’s a catch, of course, but the stipulations are quite reasonable. After all, 1 TB is a lot to give away for free!

Basically, the storage space giveaway is an incentive program by Google for crowdsourcing the improvement of Google Maps. Any user can now make Contributions to Maps, earn points for doing so, and unlock rewards with these points.

Contributions include things like written reviews, uploaded photos, adding new places, updating outdated information, or even answering simple questions from other users. Each Contribution is worth an equal 1 point.

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The 1 TB storage is unlocked after accumulating at least 200 points, so there’s a bit of work involved but not so much that you have to slave for it. See the full list of rewards and perks on the official Google announcement.

Interested? All you have to go is sign up with the Local Guides program and make sure you have the Maps app for either Android or iOS. If this seems like too much work, maybe you’d be better off just carrying around a large USB drive Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? USB flash drives are great for storage, but they have so many other uses. Here's how they're worth their weight in gold. Read More instead.

Does this seem worth it to you? Will you be joining the Local Guides program? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Dead Phish
    December 16, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I must be very naive ...

    I thought that the free 1-TB of storage on the Google-Drive was "forever" like all previous Google enticements that increased my Google-Drive storage.

    I read as much information as reasonable possible on Google sites about this "new" program and did not see a time limit.

    Recorded over 200+ and then received my notice for an additional 1-TB of storage.

    The free subscription is only for two-years !!!!

    Yes, I realize that the 1-TB of storage is a $240 value at present subscription rates.

    But, I'm presently not making much of a "dent" with my present 38-GB of drive.

    I foolishly thought that I was making an "investment" for the future.

    I spend quite a bit of time doing a fairly reputable job of adding reviews & worthwhile photos to Google-Maps.

    Kind of disappointed in Google for not providing a limitation footnote with the offer.

    Yes,
    I got "out-foxed" by the much smarter & un-ethical brains at Google-Land.

  2. GodSponge (EB)
    December 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I already signed up as a local guide. Didn't know this was part of it. Nice surprise.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:10 am

      That's great! How are you liking the Local Guide program? Is it what you were expecting?

      • GodSponge (EB)
        December 9, 2015 at 6:19 am

        It will likely take me a while to get enough points as I haven't really gotten deep into it yet. I have corrected quite a few phone numbers and locations but that's about it right now.

  3. Terry
    November 27, 2015 at 2:38 am

    1TB from Google is only for 2 years?

    • Suzanne
      November 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Where did you see that? I can't find anything anywhere about how long it is for. Do you have a link to the info?

  4. Rob Hindle
    November 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Buy the right office 365 package -(GBP 60 p.a. at Amazon) that gives each of 5 users 1TB (plus always current office suite, 60 mins of free skype-out calls) - if you make full use then GBP1 per month per user is a no-brainer, and a lot easier than collecting 200 gmaps points.

    Actually the deal is a bit better than that, tasks earn between 1 and 5 points, there are potential benefits if you accumulate fewer than 200 points and additional benefits if you keep going after 200.

  5. Maurice Frank
    November 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Amazon is selling unlimited cloud storage for one year for $5, no reviews required.

    • Terry
      November 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

      How about tranfer speeds and max file size?

    • Dacker
      November 27, 2015 at 3:54 am

      I tried to buy it with Chase credit card points but that form of payment was declined, strangely. I use points all the time on Amazon.

      That is missing from Amazon Cloud Drive is the ability to mount that space as a drive or network resource. Without that, it's impossible for me to use backup software with Amazon Cloud Drive as the target.

    • Frantisek Fuka
      November 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

      For $5? I see "Unlimited everything" advertised on https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/home for $60, not for $5...

    • JT
      November 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      how bout a link hot rod

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