The Cloud Computing market seems to get overcrowded everyday, with news about a new players and new products everyday. Each of these brands have a paid service and free service. Though the technology is a boon but many a times, using paid services can make a hole in your wallet. the situation gets even worse with the weakening of the Rupee against Dollar.
Let’s take a look at the free storage some of these services are offering, and how you can get free storage without paying a dime today.
First, let’s remove the services that aren’t currently offering any free upgrades. SkyDrive, Google Drive, Cubby, and iCloud all start with a free plan, then as your organization and need expands, you will have to shell out more.
SkyDrive recently lowered the starting amount of space awarded to users from 25GB to 7GB, but if you’re an existing user, you can still log in and claim your free 25GB of space.
That leaves us with Dropbox and Box
Box is offering a free 50GB plan if you log into your Box from one of the following devices:
- Any LG Android phone or tablet
- A Sony Tablet S and Tablet P
- HP TouchPad
- RIM PlayBook
- Sony Xperia phones
The offer is valid, according to a FAQ document on the Box support site, until December 31, 2012. If you don’t own any of the devices listed above, but happen to have a friend or family who does, download and install the Box app on their device and simply log in. Once you have logged in to your Box account from a qualifying device, your account is automatically upgraded. You can then log out and delete the app, or allow the device owner to log back into their Box account.
You will then, for the life of your account, have a free 50GB plan.
Expand your cloud storage up to 16GB of free space just by inviting your friends to sign up for Dropbox. For each person who uses your personal link and completes the sign up process, you are awarded 500MB of storage (maxing out at 16GB).
Still want some more space? Help Dropbox test out its new Camera Upload feature. Install the latest version of the Android app, or download and install the latest beta of either the Mac or Windows app and enable automatic camera upload. Upon the initial upload you will receive 500MB for free. For each 500MB of photos and videos you upload after that, you will receive another 500MB of storage, for free. All in all you can get a maximum of 3.5GB of free space to store all those creatives for online marketing.
I’m sure you can do the math and see the potential amount of free storage Dropbox is dangling out in front of you.
Update May 2, at 2 p.m.: Amazon just released a Windows and Mac app for its Cloud Drive service. Amazon’s Cloud Drive provides users with 5GB of free cloud storage. The space can be used to store music, photos, documents and well, anything else you would want to store in a cloud service.
Unfortunately, the only way to get more space for free is to purchase all of your music through Amazon. Any music/MP3 purchased from Amazon and stored in your Cloud Drive won’t count toward your 5GB limit. Or, if you are OK with paying $20 for 20GB of storage for a year, you can store as much music as you would like in the Cloud Drive, no matter where you purchased the music.
If I missed a service or hidden unlock feature for free storage with one of the providers mentioned (or not mentioned), let me know and I promise to share as much as I can.