updated 05:55 pm EST, Wed January 4, 2012
Freemium service overlays Google Docs storage
Software developer Insync is offering a free front-end to Google's cloud-based storage service. The company claims that its app in conjunction with Google storage provides enhanced sharing capabilities at a lower cost than rival Dropbox. Insync hopes to derive its revenues through offering value-added services such as secure remote wiping of local Google Docs at a premium.
Dropbox offers free 2GB of storage, but pricing quickly jumps from there. 50GB is $120 annually and then increments to $240 for 100GB annually. Google starts at $5 annually for 20GB and then steps up to $20 for 80GB and $50 for 200GB.
Manila and Singapore-based Insync complements Google's basic storage offering with extended sharing capabilities including nested sharing, read/write and read-only sharing permissions, re-sharing permissions and individual file sharing. Insync claims that, unlike Dropbox, share recipients aren't charged against their storage quota.