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Box gives iOS users 50GB of free space to counter iCloud

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu October 13, 2011

DEal open for next 50 days for lifetime 50storage

Box.net, the online content access, sharing and collaboration service is offering 50GB of free storage to owners of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. The cloud-based storage is free "forever," it claims The offer itself is time limited, starting tonight at midnight and running for the next 50 days.

To get the offer, a user just needs log in to their Box account using the latest version (2.4.3) of the Box iOS app (free, App Store). In addition to the storage, Box has upped the maximum size of a file upload from 25MB to 100MB. Once activated, the user can access the content from almost anywhere the Internet reaches using an iOS device, notebook, or desktop computer.

Box is using the promotion to promote the latest features of the Box app. Using AirPlay, a user can now wirelessly stream Box content to an Apple TV or another AirPlay-supporting destination.

This is not the first time Box offered free storage. It also offered HP TouchPad owners 50GB of storage back in August. The offer to owners of iOS devices may not be driven by goodwill or publicity. It may be a preemptive move by Box to keep iPad and iPhone owners from jumping onto Apple's iCloud service, which went live yesterday.

Box normally offers 5GB of online storage free for personal usage. The company charges $10 for 25GB of storage and $20 for 50GB. Business users pay $15 per month for 500GB of storage.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. bigmig

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2004

    +8

    Don't fall for it...

    It's not like Dropbox – you don't get a desktop sync client unless you pay money for a subscription. Ergo, the 50 GB of storage is pretty much useless unless you're a paying customer.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Also

    Even if I could somehow use 50GB of content from a mobile device, this would stop me from signing up for free with iCloud, which offers LOTS of other services that Box doesn't ... how exactly?

  1. cruzmandesign

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2009

    +2

    Use box.net as WebDAV

    Just thought I would share this with everyone. I just found out I could do this.

    You can send your PAGES documents to your Box.net account using the COPY TO WEBDAV feature in Pages.

    Choose the COPY TO WEBDAV option and you will be prompted for your WebDAV server information. For Box.net it is as follows:

    https://www.box.net/dav//Documents Documents is the name of one of the folders in my Box.net account. The double // is important. Also enter your username and password. That's it. You can now upload documents directly from Pages to your Box.net account. Pages also gives you the option to convert the document to PDF or Word format or keep it in Pages format when it copies it.

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