Samsung is partnering with Dropbox to offer free cloud storage to Galaxy S III owners.
Samsung Galaxy S III buyers will receive 50GB of free storage from Dropbox just by owning the new Samsung flagship phone. The storage will come in addition to the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB that comes in the phone.
The free 50GB of storage will last for two years. After that, users will have to pony up money for the extra storage. Dropbox’s current plans cost $9.99 a month and $99 a year for 50GB of cloud storage space.
Samsung isn’t the first company to offer free Dropbox storage to smartphone owners. HTC has a similar plan for its One series, but only offers 25GB of free storage. HTC made the deal because it didn’t include a microSD card slot in some One phones like the U.S. variant of the One X. Free Dropbox storage was a way to make up for the lack of expandable storage.
Samsung, however, did include a microSD card slot in the Galaxy S III. With the microSD card slot, the top-end model of the Galaxy S III can hold up to 128GB of storage space (64GB internal storage and 64GB on a microSD card). Paired with 50GB of free storage, users who opt for the 64GB version of the Galaxy S III can essentially have 178GB of storage, which is insane for a smartphone.
Sadly Samsung made no mention of the rumored S-Cloud service which would have offered even more storage space.