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Google Drive gets an official launch

Google Drive gets an official launch

25 April 2012

5GB of free cloud storage for your Android device

We heard it was coming, but the launch of Google Drive took us a little by surprise.

Google sneaked out its cloud-based storage service out last night, although you suspect it was heard loud and clear at both Dropbox and Microsoft, the latter being the owners of the SkyDrive service. Apple, owners of iCloud, might well have been listening intently too, not least because Google Drive is likely to be coming to iOS soon. But right now the service is geared towards Android devices.

You get 5GB of free storage initially, where you can store music, movies, documents, PDFs etc. You can install on a PC or Mac, as well as your Android tablet or smartphone, and you can collaborate with others too, with the option to share content with specific people.

That 5GB can go up to 16TB in theory, with Google adding both optical character recognition (OCR) technology and image recognition to help you navigate around a mass of files. Quite useful if you go for that top storage option.

However, you do wonder how many will go for that option, as the prices (confirmed for US-only so far) do steadily rise. Yes, free to get you going, but not as you grow. You can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 per month, 100GB for $4.99 per month, 1TB for $49.99 or 16TB for $799.99. Interestingly, if you sign up for any 'paid' account, you'll also get a boost in Gmail storage to 25GB too.

There is a page set up for the service now, but like most new Google products, it is a gradual roll out. You can register an interest at the official site.

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on to obtain your PAC code.



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What is a PAC code?

A porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.