New Mozy Online Backup Plans: Unlimited Plan Ends

Mozy, the online computer backup service, has revised their available price plans and online storage amounts. The MozyHome Unlimited plan has been discontinued and replaced by new MozyHome price plans and storage limits (MozyHome 50 GB and MozyHome 125 GB). While the total storage space offered is no longer unlimited, the new plans should fill most users storage space needs, and those needing to backup multiple computers may actually save money compared with the new plans.

See the new Mozy plan details and price comparisons here, along with specific comparisons for the lowest price options for backing up both multiple computers or more than 50 GB of files.

New Plan Pricing: No More MozyHome Unlimited Plan

File Protection

The MozyHome Unlimited plan for online computer backup will no longer be available from Mozy, and in its place Mozy will offer two new plans:

The MozyHome Free 2 GB plan remains available as well.

MozyHome Computer Backup Plans: Monthly Price Comparison
MozyHome Backup Plan Size Included # Of Computers
For Backup
Pay Per Month
Monthly Cost
1 Year Plan
(Annual Plan)
Monthly AVG Cost
2 Year Plan
(Biennial Plan)
Monthly AVG Cost
2 GB 1 Computer Free —– —–
50 GB 1 Computer $5.99 $5.49 $5.24
125 GB 3 Computers $9.99 $9.16 $8.74

Save 10% and get up to 3 months free by using the promo code FEBRUARY

Mozy feels that these new MozyHome plans should provide sufficient storage space for the majority of Mozy users going forward, including existing MozyHome Unlimited users (link):

We defined these levels to accommodate our current customers. The 50 GB plan accommodates about three quarters of current MozyHome customers with only a $1/month price increase. The 125 GB plan will actually lower costs for most customers backing up three or more computers. Some customers may wish to add a second or third computer to their existing backup under the $9.99 plan.

The key features of the MozyHome 50 GB plan and the MozyHome 125 GB plan are identical to the previous MozyHome Unlimited features, and are listed at the end of this post.

 

MozyHome “50 GB” Plan for Computer Backup

Mozy Use Promo Code: FEBRUARY (valid for February 2011)
MozyHome 50 GB Backup Plan – Save 10%. Get up to 3 months free.

The MozyHome “50 GB” plan includes backup for 1 computer, and is available with three payment options:

  • Pay Monthly: $5.99 per month.
  • Pay Every Year – 1 Year Plan: includes 1 month free; equal to an average monthly fee of $5.49.
    • Save $5.99 with a 1 Year Plan at 50 GB compared to paying monthly.
  • Pay Every 2 Years – 2 Year Plan: includes 3 months free; equal to an average monthly fee of $5.24.
    • Save $17.97 with a 2 Year Plan at 50 GB compared to paying monthly.

For the 1 Year Plan and the 2 Year Plan:

  • Add additional computers for $2 per month per computer, up to a maximum of 5 computers.
  • Add an additional 20 GB of space for $2 per month.

From Mozy, a rough estimate of how much data can be backed-up with 50 GB:

6,250,000 text emails
7,500 photos
8,500 music files
1,000 videos

At any time, from your Mozy account you will be able to upgrade to the MozyHome 125 GB plan or add extra storage space if you like.

As you approach capacity, the Mozy service will start to warn you that more storage is needed. You always have the option to upgrade to a larger plan or purchase additional space in 20GB increments. Simply log in to your Mozy account and select the “my plan” link to add additional resources.

MozyHome “125 GB” Plan for Computer Backup

Mozy Use Promo Code: FEBRUARY (valid for February 2011)
MozyHome 125 GB Backup Plan – Save 10%. Get up to 3 months free.

The MozyHome “125 GB” plan includes backup for up to 3 computers, and is available with three payment options:

  • Monthly: $9.99 per month.
  • 1 Year Plan – Pay Every Year: includes 1 month free; equal to an average monthly fee of $9.16.
    • Save $9.99 with a 1 Year Plan at 125 GB compared to paying monthly.
  • 2 Year Plan – Pay Every 2 Years: includes 3 months free; equal to an average monthly fee of $8.74.
    • Save $29.97 with a 2 Year Plan at 125 GB compared to paying monthly.

For the 1 Year Plan and the 2 Year Plan:

  • Add additional computers for $2 per month per computer, up to a maximum of 5 computers.
  • Add an additional 20 GB of space for $2 per month.

From Mozy, a rough estimate of how much data can be backed-up with 125 GB:

15,625,000 text emails
18,750 photos
21,250 music files
2,500 videos

MozyHome 50 GB Vs. 125 GB – For 3 Or More Computers

The chart below shows Mozy pricing options for backing up multiple computers (up to the maximum 5 computers), for both the MozyHome 50 GB plan and the MozyHome 125 GB plan. As mentioned above, each additional computer backed up with Mozy will cost an extra $2 per month.

MozyHome Backup For Multiple Computers: Monthly Price Plan Comparison
Number Of Computers To Be Backed Up With Mozy MozyHome 50 GB
Monthly Price
MozyHome 125 GB
Monthly Price
1 Computer $5.99 $9.99
2 Computers $7.99 $9.99
3 Computers $9.99 $9.99
4 Computers $11.99 $11.99
5 Computers $13.99 $13.99

Note: Prices shown above are for paying Monthly, but the same comparisons and conclusions apply to MozyHome 1 Year plans and 2 Year plans.

If you are backing up 3 or more computers, but are not sure how much storage space you will need, then choose the MozyHome 125 GB plan, since for 3 or more computers, both plans are the same price. The base cost for the MozyHome 125 GB plan includes backup services for 3 computers and features much more available storage space, which won`t cost you extra, even if you don`t end up using close to 125 GB.

Depending on backup storage space needs and the number of computers to be backed up, the new price plans from Mozy may save you money when compared to the old MozyHome Unlimited plan. Prices are compared between the discontinued MozyHome Unlimited plan, and the new 50 GB and 125 GB MozyHome plans below.

MozyHome Backup For 3 Computers: Monthly Cost Comparison
Mozy Home Backup Plan 1st Computer
Monthly Backup Cost
2nd Computer
Additional
Backup Cost
3rd Computer
Additional Backup Cost
Total Monthly Backup Cost
3 Computers
Unlimited $4.95 $4.95 $4.95 $14.85
50 GB $5.99 $2.00 $2.00 $9.99
125 GB $9.99 $0 – Free $0 – Free $9.99

While there are all different types of users that may use Mozy or another service to backup their computers, most individual users will not be backing up more than 3 computers to their Mozy account. Those users that do need to back up 3 or more computers will save money with the new MozyHome plans.

What is more likely to vary greatly from user to user is the amount of personal files that are to be backed up (photos, videos, documents, notes).

MozyHome 50 GB Vs. 125 GB – For 1 Computer, 50 GB Or More

If you are only backing up 1 computer, but are not sure how much storage space you will need, the chart below shows Mozy pricing options for backing up varying amounts of files. As mentioned above, each additional 20 GB of storage space with Mozy will cost an extra $2 per month.

MozyHome Backup For Over 50 GB: Monthly Price Plan Comparison
Backup Storage Space Needed Lowest Available Monthly Price Lowest Priced
MozyHome Plan
2 GB $0 Free 2 GB Plan
50 GB $5.99 MozyHome 50 GB Plan
70 GB $7.99 MozyHome 50 GB Plan + 20GB Extra
90 GB $9.99 MozyHome 125 GB Plan
110 GB $9.99 MozyHome 125 GB Plan
125 GB $9.99 MozyHome 125 GB Plan

Note: Prices shown above are for paying Monthly, but the same comparisons and conclusions apply to MozyHome 1 Year plans and 2 Year plans.

If you think that you may need more than 50 GB of storage space, but will not be close to needing 125 GB, then one option may be to purchase the MozyHome 50 GB plan and see if it is enough storage space. If you find a need for more space, then you can add an extra 20 GB of storage space afterwards (for $2 more per month). Or you can add the extra 20 GB storage space from the start of your plan.

Otherwise, if you think you will need anything more than 70 GB of storage space, then choose the MozyHome 125 GB plan, since this would cost less and give you more storage (and optional support for multiple computers), compared to repeatedly adding 20 GB extra to a MozyHome 50 GB plan.

MozyHome Backup Features

Here are some of the key features of all MozyHome backup plans:

  • Automatic or scheduled backups.
  • Secure, encrypted file transfers (128-bit SSL connection).
  • Supports incremental file backups, for increased backup speed.
  • Multiple ways to restore data (use Mozy software, use web browser, order a DVD).
  • Restore past versions of backed up files, from up to 30 days in the past.
  • MozyHome supports Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista (32 & 64 bit), as well as Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5, & 10.4.

Existing Mozy Customers

Any Mozy users that already have an existing MozyHome Unlimited backup plan will continue to have unlimited storage space for backups, until their current payment term ends (monthly, annual, biennial):

While the new pricing takes effect for new customers immediately, we want to ensure our existing subscribers have sufficient notice, so for them these plans will begin to take effect starting on March 1, 2011. Furthermore, existing customers will be allowed to keep their unlimited backup plans for the duration of their current monthly, annual, or biennial plans, and will migrate to a new plan at the end of the term. Existing customers who choose to re-enroll in either an annual or biennial subscription will receive an additional month free beyond the customary discount for these subscriptions. In keeping with our goal to “back up the world”, we’ll also continue to offer the popular 2 GB Mozy for-free service.

However, you won`t be able to add more computers to your existing MozyHome unlimited account:

Because the unlimited offering has been discontinued, we are not updating these plans. This includes adding additional computers to an account or renewing into another Unlimited monthly, annual, or biennial subscription term. To make changes to your plan, such as adding computers, you must select one of the new plans.

As an existing MozyHome Unlimited user, when you have decided on which new MozyHome plan you would like to switch to, just log in to your account to choose a new plan. Data that you have already previously backed up will not need to be re-uploaded. If you do not choose a new plan before your current subscription term is finished, then:

To ensure continued data protection, we’ll renew you into a new plan which best fits your current backup needs, if no action is taken by your renewal date. For users with very large amounts of data, we don’t think it’s appropriate to auto-renew into a cost-prohibitive plan, so these accounts will be suspended with no further charges, if no action is taken by renewal.

Related Information

» Mozy Home Page

» Mozy.com – MozyHome Features

» Mozy.com – New MozyHome Plans

» Mozy.com – MozyHome Backup Plan Pricing

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