The free 2GB Dropbox gives you not enough? Free 5GB of Google Drive doesn’t satisfy your hunger? Need more than the free 7GB of Skydrive? Missed out on Box.net’s earlier promotion of free 50GB? Box.net is here to help. In an attempt to fight off the growing competition, Box.net is increasing its free-5GB-for-free-accounts limit to 25GB.
Anyone that signs up for a new Box.net account between now and whenever this promotion ends gets free 25GB of storage for life. This account comes with all the perks (and limitations) of regular free Box.net accounts such as a file size limit of 100MB and access to Box.net mobile (Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, etc.) and desktop applications. It should be noted, however, Box.net free accounts are only for non-commercial use only and don’t come with the ability to sync files from your desktop, so if you are looking for these features you should go somewhere else. There also isn’t clear information on if free account contents is encrypted or not: the features page lists “secure transfer” and “secure storage” as a feature for all accounts, including free accounts, but then Box.net prompts you to upgrade to paid accounts for 256-bit encryption.
Update: It looks like Box.net has now added the ability to sync files from your desktop for free accounts, despite its website claiming otherwise. Go to “My Account” -> “Get Box Sync” after logging in to download the sync program. Thanks PCbasics!
For those of you with existing Box.net accounts, this new promotion seems to be only for new users so either you need to create a new Box.net account to take advantage or suck it up.
Hit up the link below to get started with Box.net. Take note you must register from the link below — Box.net’s regular free account page only offers 5GB.