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Box.net Offers 50GB of Free Cloud Storage for iOS Users

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Life is all about the Cloud. It might actually someday be about iCloud if Apple’s servers can catch up. (We’re still waiting for that to occur around here.) But, life is all about moving your files to the Cloud these days. iCloud is supposed to be a big move for Apple, but it probably won’t be replacing services like DropBox or Box.net anytime soon. Once Apple lets others hook into its iCloud we might see some of that, but at the moment, iCloud only offers a place for your contacts, calendars, photostream (as opposed to photos) some documents, and few other goodies to go back and forth between the Cloud and your devices.

What services like Dropbox and Box.net have been offering is Cloud Storage. Dropbox is the acknowledged leader here in my view simply because so many Apps have hooked into the Dropbox API that makes moving documents and files around so easy. But Box.net started making a name for itself with the launch of the HP TouchPad by offering a free 50GB of Cloud storage to TouchPad and webOS users. Well, as good as that was we all know what happened to the TouchPad.

But Box.net is back in this big week and weekend of the iOS and iPhone 4S launch, preparing a promotion that will offer iOS users 50GB of free Cloud Storage. The promotion kicks off tomorrow at 12 noon Pacific Time and runs for 50 days. To take advantage of it, you need to download the Box.net App and access your account or set up a new one from the App on your iOS device. But once that’s done you can access it from any device. Box.net has updated its service so you’ll be able to include AirPlay streaming of videos and photos and music. I’m betting this will be a big hit.

Apple’s iCloud tosses in 5GB of free storage when you get started but an equivalent 50GB will set you back $100 a year. Dropbox charges you beyond 2GB and for 50GB you’ll pay $10 a month.

If this takes off look for Box.net to hustle up on releasing and API for other Apps to take advantage of its service.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

11 Comments

  1. Piet

    10/13/2011 at 12:35 pm

    I still like Sugarsync as cloud storage. Good features and nice clients on all platforms

  2. Andrew Griswold

    10/13/2011 at 12:52 pm

    Agreed Piet, Sugar Sync has been my go to storage for some time now and its not a huge amount of space at 5GB but its nice to be able to go from computer to iphone to ipad and what not quickly. The best part is linking folders from my desktop to upload automatically when I put it in there. 

  3. Mark Saldana

    10/13/2011 at 2:07 pm

    Hey guys,Just wanted to let you know that we pushed the update early due to high demand, so you can get your 50 GB free right now! Just go here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/box.net/id290853822?mt=8Let us know if you have any issues downloading the update or getting your free gigs :).

    • Ricky

      10/13/2011 at 8:37 pm

      The Mac client is now only for premium, paid members? Fail.

  4. Lucger

    10/13/2011 at 2:14 pm

    is this 50 gig forever?  or is it 50 gigs for 50 day trial?

    • Yogh

      10/13/2011 at 2:31 pm

      The TouchPad deal was forever I think.  Also curious to know about this one.

    • TC

      10/14/2011 at 2:47 am

      I also would like to know this

  5. Anonymous

    10/13/2011 at 6:17 pm

    I’m in Canada and I already go the promotion for getting the app

  6. Kbeezie

    10/14/2011 at 10:23 am

    I installed and registered. Says “for 50 days”, question is what happens after 50 days?

  7. Satpal Hunjan

    10/17/2011 at 2:25 am

    50Gb nice but limited to 25mb file size unless you pay $9.99 month for 2Gb file size limit ?

  8. Colleen Caporal

    10/17/2011 at 8:07 pm

    awesome…i love free storage. perfect for work

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