Get 50 GB of cloud storage space on Box.net for free! [Android device, HP Touchpad, or BlackBerry Playbook required]

Cloud storage industry is extremely competitive with very low barriers to entry. Really almost anyone can rent a server and start their own cloud storage company, if they wish. Because of this highly competitive nature, various cloud storage businesses are running promotions to get consumers hooked onto their service. Box – formerly known as Box.net and one of leading cloud storage providers – gives everyone who signs up for their service 5 GB of free cloud storage, with the option to purchase more space for anyone that needs it. Recently Box has introduced a promotion that allows people to get an extra 50 GB of cloud storage without paying a dime. That is to stay a total of 55 GB of cloud storage for free. Update: The 50 GB replaces the 5 GB you already have. In other words, you get a total of 50 GB — not 55 GB.

This promotion for extra 50 GB free cloud storage is open to everyone that has a Box Personal account and owns an Android device, HP Touchpad, or BlackBerry Playbook. Sorry iOS device (iPhone/iPad) owners — the Box 50 GB promotion for iOS has already ended and is no longer available. Box Personal accounts are the free accounts that anyone can signup for via Box’s website. (Note: Box Personal accounts normally have a file size limit of 25 MB. However, anyone that takes part in this 50 GB promotion gets that file size limit increased to 100 MB.) The cool thing about this promotion is while, yes, you must have an Android device, HP Touchpad, or BlackBerry Playbook to get the free 50 GB, once you get the free 50 GB it is yours for life and can be used in anyway and from any platform that you wish — so you aren’t restricted to only using it on your mobile device.

This promotion is time-limited, so if you want the free 50 GB you need to act moderately quickly. When this promotion ends depends on the type of mobile device you have:

  • Android phones and tablets: Now through 11:59PM on 3/23/12
  • LG Android phones and tablets: Now through 6/30/12
  • Sony Tablet S and Tablet P: Now through 12/31/12
  • HP TouchPad: Now through 12/31/12
  • RIM PlayBook: Now through 12/31/12
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia phones: Now through 12/31/12
  • Apple devices: This promotion has ended.

That said, to get the free 50 GB from Box, do the following:

  • To take part in this promotion you need a Box Personal account. (Note: This promotion is for free Box Personal accounts only that can only be used for non-commercial purposes. Paid Box Personal accounts, Box Business, and Box Enterprise accounts cannot get the free 50 GB.) If you already have a free Box Personal account, skip to the next bullet point in this guide. If you don’t have a free Box Personal account, then create one. To create a Box Personal account visit the registration page and follow on-screen instructions. You will have to fill out a form and then confirm your registration by clicking on a link in an email that you are sent. Once you have verified your e-mail address (you will be shown a page that says Your email address is now verified), you are ready to proceed to the next step.
  • Download and install the Box app for your specific mobile device (Android | Touchpad | Playbook).
  • Log into your Box account from the Box app on your mobile device.
  • After you have logged into your Box account you will get be shown a message similar to the following…

 …and the storage limit on your free Box Personal account will automatically be increased from 5 GB to 50 GB. (The accompanying file size limit bump to 100 MB is part of the storage space increase package.)

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting 50 GB of free cloud storage from Box.net, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

[Thanks PC basics!]

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  • Vince

    I followed the steps but only got 5GB. is this a scam since many of my friends could not get it either.

  • Saurabh K

    I own a Samsung Galaxy Fit. I really missed this offer to get 50GB of storage space.
    Is it still possible for me to acquire this offer?
    If yes, plz help….

  • 2pac

    seems that box.com doesn’t encrypt files upon transfer and while storing them!
    that’s unacceptable

    crashplan.com it is

  • Hmmm, pity it isn’t available for symbian :(

  • Switch-kun

    Don’t do it, it’s a trap!

    I’ve heard stories of how they don’t encrypt their data when you upload or download. That is not good at all. The free lifetime 50GB storage is only a gimmick to use to their services.

  • Clockmendergb

    @Ashraf:
    Yes I did see my new post

  • Clockmendergb

    Yes I did as Stated ..
    Good news is I contacted and this was my very quick responce
    Contacted them 11pm and had a reply next morning

    Here it is
    Gerald Sasaki, Feb 25 10:11 pm (PST):
    Hi,
    Thanks for your response.
    I have manually upgraded your account storage to 50GB. Let us know if you have any other questions.
    Thanks again for your patience.
    Sincerely,
    Box Support

    so everything is good
    Thanks for your reply to me on this subject.
    My only concern now is it seems to keep a web page open all the time on the on my phone .
    I am thinking that is normal g
    but is a pain that I cannot x it out
    Still I have my 50 gig which must be good

  • Ashraf

    @Farrukh: Interesting. Thanks for letting us know — I’m sure being able to download multiple files at once is important for some people. This is why I love Dropbox > all.

    @hhdese: You are welcome!

    @Ben: I was wondering if that would work — thanks for confirming it does!

  • I installed the app on windows using the android emulator. (http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html) It was a bit complicated and time-consuming but I got my 50GB:)

  • hhdese

    Took unusually long for the e-mail confirmation message to arrive. I hope that’s not an indication of their typical response times. But thanks for the pointer !

  • Farrukh

    They have a download limit there. If you have uploaded 100 files and want to download 5 files at a time, they will allow you download 1 at a time.

    OR

    Upgrade to their paid account of 1000gb.

    See this:
    http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/Farukh/Screen%20Caps/Box_net_DownloadLimit.png

  • Ashraf

    @Clockmendergb: No offer is still live. Did you install the Box.net app on your LG?

  • Clockmendergb

    Just signed up and am limited to 5 gig sat 25 feb 1045pm eastern time
    Did it on my lg android phone but no magic 50 gig sadly
    is the offer over now

  • Ashraf
  • Helen Diezt

    This just isnt fair…I suppose my “Tracfone” won’t count?

  • Ashraf

    @Jeremy: You are right — my bad. You don’t get 5 + 50, you just get 50.

  • Jeremy

    The total for me is 50 GB, although I did it slightly different by registering on the app to avoid giving a phone number which the website asked for.