The cloud storage and sync service recently introduced instant photo upload features and no-account file sharing, which are excellent additions for casual users. Business users, meanwhile, would likely be in need of more space than these sharing features, with the ever-increasing amount of documents and multimedia files that need storing and backing up.
A Bigger Box for the Same Price
Dropbox has recently announced an increase of the space allocation on its Pro plans from 50 to 100 GB, and from 100 to 200 GB, effectively doubling the amount of space while retaining the same price. Aside from this increase, Dropbox is also offering a new 500 GB plan for heavier individual users.
"We’ve heard from architects with giant drafting files and photographers with huge portfolios, but mostly we hear from families who have more than 100 GB of photos, docs and videos," said the company in a blog post. "As people add more stuff to Dropbox, we want to make sure they don’t have to worry about space."
The new pricing and storage schemes are as follows:
- 100 GB - US$ 9.99 / month or US$ 99 / year
- 200 GB - US$ 19.99 / month or US$ 199 / year
- 500 GB - US$ 49.99 / month or US$ 499 / year
The majority of Dropbox's 50 million users still stay within the 2 GB limit of free accounts. The company is also offering an increase of up to 18 GB for doing various activities, such as activating the instant camera upload feature through the mobile Dropbox app, and referring friends and contacts to the service.
For heavier users and teams, Dropbox still has the Dropbox for Teams offering, which includes 1 TB of space, administrative tools and phone support.
Dropbox is currently staving off competition from both big names and startups alike, which include Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive from established companies. The battle for cloud storage and collaboration supremacy usually lies in the combination of size allocation, features and price. Dropbox is currently offering a free trial of its Pro plans, which existing Pro users can send as a gift to their online contacts.