Back in April 2005, Google started increasing Gmail storage as part of its "Infinity+1" storage plan. Since then, most major Web mail providers have reacted to Gmail's inbox offer and have increased their storage significantly, with Windows Live Hotmail now offering 5GB of free email storage and Yahoo! Mail touting unlimited storage for their users.

Now, the company has announced it will increase the rate at which it is adding capacity to its web-based service, reaching 6283MB of storage on January 4 next year. After that users will receive 3.3MB every day, which is reportedly 10 times larger than the current rate of growth.

In addition to boosting the capacity of the free Gmail accounts, Google Apps Premier Edition will now receive 25GB, up from the previous limit of 10GB. Other paid subscribers aren't forgotten either. Those who pay $20, $75, $250 and $500 per year will now get 10GB, 40GB, 150GB and 400GB of storage respectively.