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19 free cloud storage options

Brandon Butler | June 10, 2015
The cloud is full of free storage, if you know where to look.

Mega

The deal: 50GB of free storage

Details: Founded by Internet provocateur Kim Dotcom, Mega offers one of the more enticing deals in the cloud: 50GB of free storage. Users can get 4TB for about $9 per month (the company uses Euros). A word of caution: Mega does not store users' passwords, so the company recommends you keep a secondary backup of files stored in the service. Basically this means that if you lose your password, Mega can't help you recover it.

Microsoft OneDrive

The Deal: 15GB free storage

Details: Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) now comes with 15GB of free storage, with 100GB for $2 per month, while up to 1TB costs $7 per month. Microsoft offers other goodies too, including an extra 15GB of storage when you backup your camera roll to OneDrive, and customers can get an extra 5GB by referring friends (refer up to 10 friends at 500MB free for each friend). Microsoft Office, which gives access to Microsoft apps such as Word, Excell and Outlook, costs $7 per month (or $70 per year) and comes with 1TB of storage.

pCloud

The deal: 20 GB of free storage.

Details: pCloud offers initial customers 10GB of free storage and users can get up to an additional 10GB by inviting friends to the service. For even more space, pCloud offers 500GB for $4 per month or $8 per month for 1TB. PCloud started in 2013 and is based in Switzerland.

SpiderOak

The deal: 2GB of free storage

Details: SpiderOak markets itself as a secure cloud storage service with its "Zero-Knowledge" promise, which means it encrypts customer data and does not store it in plain text. Other plans include: 30GB for $7 per month or 1TB for $12 per month ($129 annually).

StreamNation

The deal: 20GB free storage

Details: StreamNation is meant to store photos, videos and long-form movies. It comes with sharing privileges and paid accounts give offline access to the media (so you can watch it on an airplane, for example). The service comes with a basic package of 20GB free, although users may have to refer friends or follow the company on social media sites to get that full amount. Additional storage runs $4 for 100GB, and $14 per month for 1TB. Those prices increase by $1 each if customers pay month-to-month instead of commit to a full year of service.

Syncplicity

The deal: 10 GB of free storage

Details: Syncplicity is EMC's enterprise file synch and share service (EFSS), which is meant to compete with Box. It offers a personal plan that comes with 10GB free per month and has other business-oriented plans starting at $60 per month, which comes with 300GB, plus 5GB for each user.

 

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