Rich Frangiamore

Systems Admin

The Best Things in Life Are Free Storage

I’ve always been a huge fan of Dropbox. They have a very nice way to keep local files in sync between multiple platforms. However, the free account has traditionally only offered 2GB of storage.

Well, as Hubert Farnsworth would say, “Good news, everyone!” A service called Box (ambiguous name aside) is offering 50GB free storage in celebration of the launch of their Android app. Yes, five-zero. For free. My first computer had a 2GB hard disk in it. Oy.DVDs

Box is different from Dropbox in that the focus is on integrating with other services, such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Salesforce, and all sorts of other cool stuff. Box targets businesses more than personal users, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all take advantage of it.

Nifty features include 1-click links to share a file with others (sort of a cross between YouSendIt and Microsoft’s SkyDrive) and very easy uploading from your Android device.

I installed the app on my Nexus S the other day, and it was quite painless.  Now it’s cake to share that enormous movie with anyone, via a few taps.

To install, search the Android Market on your device for “Box.net” and sign up from there. You’ll get a notification that you’ve been upgraded to 50GB of storage! (Twice the usual.) This is only good for about the next 4 weeks, though, so hurry before this special runs out.

Are you using Box? What free storage services do you prefer?