Box.net is now giving free 25 GB storage to all new users

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.

Box.net free 25 GB promo page

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  2. gtx

    If you have an old account and need more space, you can create new 25GB account with different e-mail and share the folder from this new account to old one. In this way you will get the folder with 25GB space. I’m using dropbox, so didn’t try to install Box Sync, but I believe you even should be able use this shared folder as normal folder for syncing files from your computer. Enjoy ;)

  3. Tristan

    All traffic to and from Box is encrypted, when it refers to “paid accounts” for “256 bit encryption” they are referring to your data “at rest”.

    This is only available to paid enterprise user accounts.

  4. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Miron: Are you sure you are looking in the right place? I see it for me. You must be logged in then hover your mouse over “My Account”. A drop-down menu will appear that has the “Get Box Sync” option.

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Bruce: You are welcome!
    @PCbasics: Are you sure? Have you downloaded it and tried it yourself? To me it looks like you can download the client but you can’t use the sync features unless you upgrade. The account feature lists still show desktop sync as a feature for paid users. However, I haven’t tried sync myself so I confirm or deny anything aside from what I read off their website.

  6. Bruce

    Yes, I see that now. I did go to that page and clicked the “See all features” link at the left. That apparently took me to the normal pricing page, not one for the special. You get to the special via the boxes at the right of the page.

    Thanks.