Just to let you know, Box.net are giving away 50GB of free online storage to iOS users. This storage is free for life (!) as long as you download their new mobile app within the next 50 days (from October 13th).
50GB for free can't be bad.
I'm a fully paid up DropBox user and won't be giving up DropBox anytime soon, but this is a nice addition to any iOS users toolbox.
On the plus side, the 50GB is free for life and from my initial look, Box.net seems to have some pretty neat collaborative features. It's really easy to share files and you can set access permissions on files that you share via Box.net. There's also really smart way of adding comments to files and being alerted when things change, both via the web interface and via the mobile apps.
There are some minor limitations (and if I'm wrong on any of these, please leave a comment) including:
- Uploads can only be done via the Web Interface on the Mac (comments state uploads can be done from iPad into Box.Net via GoodReader - Thanks Pat)
- It will only support a maximum of file size of 100MB
- There is no Mac syncing, all file uploads need to be done manually via the web interface.
It's the final issue that ensures I'll stay with DropBox as syncing is critical for me.
After exploring the web site, it looks like there is a "Sync for Mac" feature in development, but this will only be made available to Business Customers.
The Box.net app is available for both iPad and iPhone, and very nicely done!
It's a pity there is no syncing, but as I said, an extra 50GB online is not to be sniffed at, and kudos to Box.net for reaching out to the iOS community.
You can learn more about the offer over on the Box.Net blog:
PS No affiliation or association with Box.Net, just seems like a good deal!