Monday, April 9, 2012
Drop Likely Increase Invite Allotment To 500MB Due To Competition
I got an exciting e-mail from Dropbox over the weekend. In the past, Dropbox gives us 2 GB of free storage when you sign up for the free account access. But you can increase that over time if you invite friends, families, acquaintances, or whoever else to sign up. If they sign up, you get additional storage.
The idea is that Dropbox hopes to convert you or someone else you invited into a paying customer. So far, I think they're doing pretty well. There was rumors that Apple considered buying Dropbox. Now, iOS and Mac users have the iCloud. Meanwhile, Google should be coming out with its down Dropbox competitor in the next quarter.
So, it's likely due to competition from these tech giants and other cloud storage players that Dropbox increased the invitation allotment from 250 MB to 500 MB. This is fantastic news. I was able to create dummy accounts to increase my space in the last (I also use those accounts for photos). What's also pretty cool is that space increases prior to this 500 MB offer will also be getting additional space.
Dropbox has become an indispensable part of my workflow. I can store files on my Mac and access them at work. Or I can use a number of iOS and Android apps that have native support for Dropbox.
This is just the beginning. We are in the infancy of cloud storage. This is nothing to cloud storage 2.0. Seriously, 2GB is nothing today. I can see Dropbox increase the free storage to 10, 20, or even 50 GB. And for some folks, that still won't be enough because of the coming media storage capability. Consider what Apple with its iTunes Match and Amazon and Google are offering in music. We are seriously a skip away from even video storage.
And in today's HD world, 10 or 20 GB simply won't be enough.
Anyway, I encourage you to take advantage of this Dropbox offer. We have a family account and it helps a lot when we sharing pics and videos. So invite your friends, families, and people you like or dislike because this is a great deal.
And the best ones are free which this one is.