Dropbox is a company mentioned often in this newsletter. (See http://goo.gl/dzJIr for a list of past articles.) Today, the company announced that it is doubling the amount of storage in two of its plans aimed at consumers, and introducing a third category that allows for up to 500 gigabytes of storage. That is enough storage to hold about 75,000 songs, the contents of a bookshelf 5,000 yards long or about 45 hours of high-definition video from the latest smartphones.
NOTE: This change only affects Dropbox Pro users: those who pay for more than the two gigabytes of free storage space. The storage available for free users remains unchanged at two gigabytes.
Starting today, Dropbox Pro users have twice the amount of storage space they had previously, all at no extra charge. If you previously had 50 gigabytes available, you now have 100 gigabytes. You also can send others a 100 gigabyte 3-month trial for the online sharing and syncing service.
Dropbox has well over 50 million free and paid customers in over 175 countries. About 95 percent of them reportedly use the company’s free service, which allows for two gigabytes to 18 gigabytes of storage.
I must admit that I was delighted to read today's news. I have been paying for 50 gigabytes of storage and I am using almost all of it. Today's announcement means that I have 100 gigabytes of storage space available at no increase in prices.
Under the new pricing model, consumers will pay $9.99 a month or $99 a year for 100 gigabytes of storage, $19.99 a month or $199 a year for 200 gigabytes and $49.99 a month or $499 a year for 500 gigabytes of storage. Additional storage is awarded to consumers who bring in new customers. A business version of Dropbox, which offers a terabyte of storage per user plus software to run teams of workers, will not change its prices.
You can learn more about Dropbbox at http://goo.gl/ncuHK.
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