Dropbox now limits free users to 3 devices per account.
Why have they done this?
Of Dropbox’s 500 million registered users about 2.5% actually pay for the service, so of course, like any decent business, they want to steer their most active free users into a paid plan. This may sound a little devious to you at first glance, but what they are actually doing is optimising their service to the average needs of their users.
What does this mean for you?
As a free Dropbox user, with a personal account do you really need access on more than three devices? This can be via your phone, tablet and laptop or PC simultaneously, therefore this limit won’t really affect you all that much unless you are used to using dropbox excessively across many devices. If you attempt to add a new device to your Dropbox account, while already at the three device limit then it will ask you to “unlink” a previous device to add a new one.
If you are a paid Dropbox user, which you most likely are if you are using this cloud storage service for business, then this limit downgrade doesn’t affect you. We will go over the two main alternatives to Dropbox in case you are thinking about switching your storage provider, whether that be free or paid for.
Alternatives to Dropbox
OneDrive, on the other hand, allows registered free users 5GB of storage space.
Moving on to paid accounts, both Dropbox and OneDrive offer various pricing plans. Dropbox Plus offers 2TB of cloud storage for £9.99 per month, while a Pro account offers 3TB of storage for £19.99 per month.
OneDrive offers 100GB of storage for £1.99 if you need a boost in space but don’t fancy buying into Office 365. Now to compete with Dropbox, OneDrive offers 1TB of storage for £5.99 per month in the form of Office 365 Personal. You can also get 6TB total storage across 6 users if needed with the Office 365 Home package which costs £7.99 per month. You also get the whole Office 365 package with these two plans which include Word, Excell, PowerPoint, etc.
We can acquire and manage Microsoft Office 365 licences for you if this is a service you require. You can take a look at our pricing for hosted Microsoft Office 365 here.
We have previously mentioned the pricing for Dropbox so let’s get right into what Google Drive has to offer.
All accounts, including free users, get 15GB automatically with their Google account. Pretty good deal for free right? £1.59 per month will net you 100GB of storage similar to OneDrive. You can double this to 200GB for £2.49 per month. Google also offer 2TB cloud storage for £7.99 per month which competes with Dropbox and OneDrive.
Here at Offsite Servers we naturally recommend OneDrive to our customers as it is the most cost-effective solution for business and comes packaged with Microsoft Office 365.
If you don’t have the option of paying for cloud storage you could always utilise each of these solutions free versions until you hit the storage limit, although it may be cumbersome managing what’s stored where.