HTC to offer users 5GB of free storage via Dropbox

By on October 25, 2011, 5:00 PM

Smartphone maker HTC has confirmed that they will be offering 5GB of free storage through Dropbox to anyone that buys a new HTC handset. All future HTC phones running Android will come with a Dropbox application pre-loaded, although it isn’t clear yet if current HTC users will get the same deal.

Dropbox currently offers any user up to 2GB of storage for free but the new deal with HTC provides its users with 3GB of additional space. Likely not by coincidence, this is the same amount of space that Apple offers on iCloud for iOS 5 users.

The deal is exclusive to Android users only, however. HTC users with a Windows Phone can use Microsoft’s SkyDrive which provides 25GB of storage in the cloud for free.

HTC first announced the partnership on their Facebook page to mixed reactions from users. Some feel that 5GB is an adequate amount of space while others believe it’s too little, too late. If you fall into the latter category, Dropbox also offers paid services that provide more storage. 50GB of storage is $9.99 per month, 100GB will set you back $19.99 monthly and a 350GB package with five licenses sells for $795 annually.

HTC’s announcement was pretty vague as we don’t know if current HTC users will have access to the service. Mobiledia says that Dropbox isn’t retroactive, meaning people with older HTC phones won’t be able to use the service. Pocket-lint says users of newer handsets running Sense 3.5 will be able to use Dropbox, which should be launching sometime this month.

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Now if only Apple would give us.. oh wait.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

I love Dropbox, I don't even use half of its functionality but when I need it it's great. If you haven't tried it yet you should it has clients for almost every mobile OS out there:

Guest said:

lol@the guy trying to make a penny off url shortener

bchen88c said:

Guest said:

lol@the guy trying to make a penny off url shortener takes you straight to dropbox, its their own shortened domain, like not like other shorteners that shorten URLs to other sites.

Guest said:

I already got 5Gb all i did is installing dropbox on different OS

as my laptop boot three operating systems ( xp/ mac osx / linux ubuntu +backtrack5) i installed dropbox on each and got 5Gb free.

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