By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 11:33 am
In theory, e-mail attachments are the very worst way to distribute files (or just move them from one of your computers to another). They choke e-mail servers with redundant bytes, are hard to keep track of, and often fail to work at all. In reality, though, there’s something about the human brain that makes us like attachments.
So SugarSync, the nifty synching/backup/sharing service for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones, now lets you send files into SugarSync by e-mailing them to a special e-mail address. The basic idea isn’t new: Flickr, for instance, has a similar feature that lets you e-mail photos to your Flickr account. But SugarSync’s implementation is particularly useful: Once you’ve e-mailed a file into SugarSync, you can sync it to multiple computers, view it on your phone, share it with other people, or just leave it in the cloud for safekeeping. Basically, it lets you satisfy your brain’s love of attachments without suffering any of the downsides.
In addition, SugarSync is rolling out a new high-end plan that provides 500GB of space for $39.99 a month or $399.99 a year. (SugarSync pricing begins at free, for a 2GB account; there are also 30GB, 60GB, 100GB, and 250GB options.) The company’s CEO, Laura Yecies, told me that customers had asked for more storage.
The new plan offers a per-gigabyte discount off the price of the 250GB plan, which costs $24.99 a month or $249.99 a year. It’s still not dirt-cheap: Google’s slowly-evolving online storage service will give you a terabyte for $256 a year. But Google’s offering lacks most of the features that make SugarSync, well, SugarSync, including the sophisticated synching options and smartphone apps.