Decho has announced new pricing for their well-known MozyHome backup service. Previously, MozyHome offered unlimited online storage for backups from a single computer for $4.95 per month. Under the new plans, users can choose between 50 GB of storage for backups from a single computer for $5.99 per month, or 125 GB of storage that can be shared by up to three computers for $9.99 per month. With either plan, additional computers, and additional 20 GB storage blocks, cost $2 each per month.
Mozy’s announcement cites rapidly increasing storage needs (for example, high-definition video clips from iPhones) as the impetus for the change, while at the same time insisting that most of their individual users require no more than 50 GB of online backup storage anyway. The company also points out that for users with three or more computers, each of which has only a modest amount of data to back up, the new pricing could actually lower their costs.
However, for most customers, Decho’s carefully crafted explanations are likely to ring hollow, as the bottom line will be that from now on, MozyHome costs more for less. Competing services wasted no time in exploiting this fact to attract those customers who will inevitably be tempted to switch. For example, Backblaze offers a 10 percent discount to switchers who use the coupon “byemozy,” while CrashPlan offers a 15 percent discount to Mozy switchers. Both Backblaze and CrashPlan continue to offer unlimited storage at costs lower than MozyHome’s new pricing—even without the special discounts.
The revised MozyHome pricing goes into effect immediately for new customers. Existing MozyHome subscribers continue to receive unlimited storage they’ve already paid for, but will see the new prices take effect on renewals beginning 1 March 2011.