Best lifetime Cloud Storage deals (September 2023)

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  • 16/08: Prismdrive added. Prices checked.
  • 07/06: Koofr added
  • 02/05: Degoo added
  • 13/04: Internxt promotion has started
  • 04/04: Internxt prices updated
  • 06/03: All prices checked. No change.
  • 16/02: All prices checked, cloud provider Ganso added

It's true - you can buy a lifetime's cloud storage, and after all, who wouldn't want to have a permanent cloud storage location where you can store your data forever without having to worry about outgoings?

So yes, you can buy cloud storage for lifetime (although lifetime would - in this case -  means as long as the company operates or, as pCloud puts it, for the duration of the lifetime of the account owner or 99 years, whichever is shorter).

However, we have mixed feelings about such offerings and lifetime cloud storage in general for a good reason; we’re unsure about the economic viability of such schemes.

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This explains why Google, Microsoft, Amazon and so many others do not offer lifetime cloud storage or indeed unlimited cloud storage.

That being said, a growing number of cloud storage companies are offering lifetime cloud storage either as demand from cash-strapped customers looking for better value for money goes up (and up). 

So to help, we’ve lined up all the lifetime cloud storage deals - all nine of them - we could find online this September, starting with one that’s exclusive to us. 

Oh and if you're looking for something else, why not have a look at our best unlimited cloud storage deals.

  • If we’ve missed any lifetime cloud storage service or if one of the ones listed below no longer offers lifetime cloud storage, ping me an email on
1. Internxt Lifetime Cloud Storage 10TB: $499

1. Internxt Lifetime Cloud Storage 10TB: $499
Get 25% off:
Get up to 10TB cloud storage forever from EU-based Internxt. The cloud storage company offers all the features you'd expect from a solid performer. They have also just conducted an independent security audit.
2TB: $225 | 5TB: $374 | 10TB: $749 

2. iDrive “Lifetime” Cloud Storage 10TB:

2. iDrive “Lifetime” Cloud Storage 10TB: $795 $719.48
Save 10%:
iDrive doesn’t sell a lifetime cloud storage service but this is an interesting comparison. The first year is $3.98 and subsequent years are charged $79.50 per year. We chose a 10-year period to represent a "lifetime". iDrive is our Editor’s choice in the cloud storage category. 


3. Pcloud 10TB cloud storage: $6000 $1190
Save 78%: Cloud storage provider Pcloud has gained popularity thanks to its lifetime plans. You only pay once and benefit from advanced features such as 30-day trash story and native file sharing capabilities within the pCloud applications and web interface.
500GB: $199 | 2TB: $399 | 10TB: $1190

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4. Polarbackup 5TB cloud storage: $1625 $675
Save 59% Polarbackup’s affordable lifetime online storage deserves a spot on your shortlist because it is one of the few to offer an intermediate 5TB capacity. Polarbackup is also based in the UK, ideal for those looking for a European-based provider.
500GB: $249.99 | 1TB:  $299.99 | 2TB: $349.99 |  5TB: $674.99

5. Ganso 5TB cloud storage:

5. Ganso 5TB cloud storage: $899
Aimed at solopreneurs, Ganso is also EU-based and offers three tier aimed at different use cases. Feature wise, you get the usual checklist: e2e encryption, API, control sharing access and 99.9% SLA.
10TB: $1,699 | 5TB: $899 | 2TB: $399 | 400GB : $149

6. IceDrive 10TB cloud storage:

6. IceDrive 10TB cloud storage: $1499 $999
Save 34% The UK-based challenger brand is cutting the price of its plans by a stonking 34%. IceDrive offers some groundbreaking features, ultra-high security, and attractive pricing and could do with more storage plans.
150GB: $99 |3TB: $499 | 10TB: $999

7. Thunderdrive 2TB cloud storage:

7. Thunderdrive 2TB cloud storage: $1200 $59
Save 94%:
This is a relatively newcomer to the cloud storage game. It offers enough space for most people's need with an interface that's not miles away from Microsoft's OneDrive. It doesn't have an app but its developers claim that the app is 100% mobile friendly.


8. IceDrive 10TB cloud storage: $1499 $999
Save 34% The UK-based challenger brand is cutting the price of its plans by a stonking 34%. IceDrive offers some groundbreaking features, ultra-high security, and attractive pricing and could do with more storage plans.
150GB: $99 |3TB: $499 | 10TB: $999

9. Degoo Premium 10TB cloud storage:

9. Degoo Premium 10TB cloud storage: $3600 $99.99 at Stacksocial
Save 97%
10TB is the highest capacity we've seen to date and Degoo, a relative newcomer to the market, hits a sweet spot. Get support for unlimited devices, a 1GB filesize limit with 256-bit AES encryption underpinning the entire infrastructure.

10. Koofr 1TB cloud storage:

10. Koofr 1TB cloud storage: $810 $119.97 at Stacksocial
Save 85%
Koofr is fast, easy to use, and a great choice for those who want access to all their files from one place, but lacks features compared to the competition. Still, it offers a solid set of features.

10. Prism Drive 20TB cloud storage: $99.99 at Stacksocial

10. Prism Drive 20TB cloud storage: $99.99 at Stacksocial

As lifetime cloud storage deals go, we're a little struck by this one. 20TB is a mammoth offering for this price, and, if that's too rich for your blood, there are 2TB, 5TB, and 10TB deals available as well.

It didn't take us long to find the catch: there's no dedicated desktop or mobile app. Beyond making for a potentially cumbersome experience on the latter, this also means features such as mounting the storage as a system drive aren't possible, at least for the moment.

What is a lifetime cloud storage?

As the name implies, it is a pay-once-use-forever, fire-and-forget offer with no recurring charges. Although the initial cost can be high, it is amortized the longer you stick around  - a $500 lifetime cloud storage, for example, ends up costing about $4 per month if you stay with it for 10 years (or 120 months).

Just bear in mind though that lifetime, in this case, is often as long as the company operates or chooses to fulfill this particular offer. This is why it is often imperative for users to have a backup plan (usually by having a local copy of the files available). We know of at least one company that pulled out its Lifetime offer and two household names - Amazon and Samsung - that pulled out completely of cloud storage.

Why do companies offer lifetime cloud storage?

We approached a few companies, asking that particular question.  Anonymously, they told us that they often do it to get more exposure and that the numbers do work out.  “Lifetime deals are not really sustainable for us as a company, but they are great for the users.” one noted. “We generate a lot of publicity from lifetime deals, which is great for us as we are the newcomers in the cloud storage space.”

Lifetime cloud storage is also a great way to bring in revenue almost immediately, which helps prop up your balance sheet, removing the risk of customers stopping payment and moving their custom elsewhere. pCloud for example, will not refund you if you cancel the subscription. 

Lifetime Cloud Storage: What are the pros & cons

Pros:  Lifetime cloud storage is designed to help you save money in the long run as well as remove any headache that might be associated with, well, life's little mistakes like cancelling a credit card or bank account tied with a cloud storage subscription. With no recurring payments, you don't have to worry about account suspensions or bumped prices further down the line.

Cons: Putting all your eggs in the same basket can have unintended consequences. Companies can go bankrupt or change their business model like Zoolz did in 2020 when it phased out its lifetime offer because it was unsustainable. Cloud storage has some fixed costs like the price of the hardware and some operational costs (e.g. incoming and outgoing bandwidth, the price of electricity etc) so while a lump sum can help reduce the cost of the former, it does only cover a little bit of the latter.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.

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