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Dropbox has doubled paid storage.
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Cloud storage service Dropbox has announced that it will double the storage capacity of all paid accounts, as well as introduce a new 500GB option for power users.

The move sees 50GB accounts double to 100GB for $9.99/month or $99/year, and 100GB accounts become 200GB for $19.99/month or $199/year.

The new plans are yet to be reflected on the official Dropbox pricing pages, but the company has stated that users will start to see their storage automatically double over the coming 24 hours.

Competition has moved quickly in the cloud storage space, and this move from Dropbox helps put its price back at a competitive edge over key competitors. Closest direct competitor, SugarSync, gives its $9.99/month plan 60GB and a $14.99/month plan offers 100GB.

These plans also ensures that Dropbox maintains an edge over Microsoft SkyDrive. While SkyDrive offers $50/year pricing for 107GB (free 7GB with a 100GB add-on), this is the maximum limit offered through Microsoft's service.

500GB is the maximum on offer from both SugarSync and Dropbox. The new Dropbox 500GB plan will cost $49.99/month or $499/year. The equivalent storage from SugarSync costs $39.99/month or $399.99/year.

Maximum storage limits seem a strange factor at this point, in the cloud storage arms race. Why not offer plans to accommodate power users who want to crash through one Terabyte and beyond? Dropbox has separated larger storage offerings into a business focused Teams pricing structure, starting at $795/year for 1TB of storage for up to 5 users, with additional users charged at $125/year, an included 200GB extra storage per user.

Google Drive now holds a solid edge for the hungriest power users, offering up to 16TB of cloud storage. Drive's 100GB tier almost matches SkyDrive's at $4.99/month, while also expanding Gmail storage to 25GB.

See our comparison of free cloud storage services for many more options. It will be updated to reflect new Dropbox pricing, once the price formally updates on the Dropbox website.



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GordonK posted a comment   
Austria

Review on Dropbox - Misleading action and illegal practices.
After having a 100GB dropbox for a few years at $99/year I received:

"We've got some great news for you - we've doubled your Dropbox Pro plan! Instead of 117 GB, you now have a healthy 219 GB for the same price! With all this space for your amazing photos, videos, and large files, your Dropbox will never have to go on a diet again."

Dropbox then doubles the price to $199.

 

MattJ4 posted a comment   

hmmm what about bitcasa isn't that unlimited and free?

 

topeleven posted a comment   
Australia

After looking around abit for the past hour I found an old blog post I did and featured dropbox in it and other cool webservices. If you guys are interested you can check it out here
http://thetopeleven.net/trending/11-most-useful-online-sites-services/
=D

 

topeleven posted a comment   
Australia

After looking around abit for the past hour I found an old blog post I did and featured dropbox in it and other cool webservices. If you guys are interested you can check it out here
http://thetopeleven.net/trending/11-most-useful-online-sites-services/
=D

 

topeleven posted a comment   
Australia

hmmm I have been hearing lots of things about Dropbox and heard about getting 50gbs free storage with Samsungs Galaxy S3 I was wondering if thats available in Australia? or am I mistaken?
Cheers

 

Seamus Byrne posted a reply   
Australia

Yes, you do get an upgrade to 50GB of storage with the Galaxy S3. You get it free for 2 years, then you can decide whether to pay to keep the extra space after that.




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