Dropbox Cloud Sync Service Doubles Storage on Accounts
Dropbox's online storage plans just doubled.
Dropbox, the virtual Kleenex of cloud sync-and-storage services, just gave many of its users twice the capacity without raising rates.
While the free plan remains at two gigabytes, the two Pro plans double. The $10-per-month 50 GB plan is now 100 GB. The $20-per-month 100-GB plan is now $200.
Dropbox also introduced a new 500-GB plan for $50 per month. The company offers discounts on all plans to people who pay for a full year upfront.
While a lot of photos and even a few video files is enough to blow past the 2GB free plan, even 50 GB was hard to fill with just current, in-progress files that need to be synced between computers. And with 100 GB or more, Dropbox could provide full or close to full online backup for some consumers' entire hard drive.
Like other sync services, such as Microsoft SkyDrive and SugarSync, Dropbox creates constantly updated online copies of any files on your PC or Mac that you select to sync. If you have other computers with the service, changes to one file on one device get uploaded to Dropbox's servers and pushed down to all the others.
Beyond syncing, the copies of files on Dropbox's servers essentially act as an online backup. Dropbox is quite pricey as simply a backup option, however. Carbonite, a popular service, charges $59 per year to back up an entire home computer, regardless of how large its hard drive is. But Carbonite is a pure backup service, not a file-sync option.