Gmail Storage Growth Grinds To A Halt

    January 2, 2007

One of Gmail’s biggest bragging points is that it offers an ever-increasing amount of storage. It’s a new year, though, and the times, they are a-changing (with apologies to Bob Dylan for that line). Gmail’s storage capacity appears to have leveled off at 2800 megabytes.

This might be only a temporary hiccup, but no one seems to know. An added point of concern for worriers: Google is usually pretty quick to fix these things, and the problem (if it can be called that) was first noticed early yesterday morning.

On New Year’s Day, Nathan Weinberg wrote, “Gmail remains frozen at 2800 [megabytes] of storage, which is plenty, and a reasonable enough number that it may even be by design. I’m guessing Google will either fix it and say nothing, or freeze the counter and declare 2.8 GB to be the new Gmail storage limit (so much for Infinity + 1).”

On the Google Operating System blog, readers got into a debate over whether the storage capacity freeze even matters. “Pavarr,” among others, offered a sound argument. “I’ve used GMail account for 18 months now (more or less), and it never exceeded 200 MBs, even though I subscribe some mailing lists (including attachment-intensive ones) and never – I mean it, never – deleted anything,” he (or she) wrote.

“I even still have this very first e-mail that GMail puts in your account upon registration,” Pavarr continued. “So what’s the big deal with no more than 2.8 GB?”

Others, though, like “Igor,” are feeling a little claustrophobic. “I’m using 92% of my google mail space,” he wrote. “Hope it will keep on growing.”

Only time will tell, but for now, Gmail still claims to offer “2800 megabytes (and counting) of free storage.”


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