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SugarSync Bumps Up Its Free Storage

SugarSync, the nifty service that lets you store folders full of files in the cloud and sync them among PCs, Macs, and smartphones, has long given away 2GB of free storage as a way of introducing new users to its paid, larger-capacity tiers of service. That’s nice. This is nicer: It’s increasing free accounts to 5GB of space. SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies told me that the company thinks a more generous free version will actually help it make more money, since the 250% increase will make it easier to explore its potential before plunking down any money

The service’s paid options range from a 30GB account for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 a year) to a 500GB one for $39.99 a month (or $399.99 a year); there are also multiuser business accounts.

SugarSync’s closest counterpart, Dropbox, still offers 2GB for free, but with any luck, SugarSync’s move will set off a free-space war. (Microsoft’s Windows Live Mesh already let you sync up to 5GB of data into a SkyDrive account, but Microsoft doesn’t seem to be giving the service much love these days.) Other services such as Mozy, Carbonite, Norton Backup, and Google Storage make it possible to back up larger amounts of data to the cloud for less money, but they lack the syncing and other features that make SugarSync so versatile.

[Update: A representative of Box.net sent me a note to point out that it started giving 5GB of storage to users of its free version in October.]


SugarSync Does Attachments, Expands Storage Space

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.


SugarSync Comes to Android

SugarSync LogoSharpcast is serious about putting its SugarSync file-syncing-to-the-cloud service on devices of all sorts. It’s already available on Windows, OS X, iPhone OS, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile–and, as of today, on Android. As with SygarSync’s other versions, the idea is simple and the implementation is elegant: You can use an Android phone to browse through folders and files on a Windows or Mac PC (even if it’s turned off, since SugarSync continuously syncs files to its servers) and download them. You can also upload files from the phone, and browse files stored locally.

I chatted with Sharpcast CEO Laura Yecies about the new version; she told me that she thinks Android netbooks will be a thriving product category (even if Google’s Chrome OS takes off) and that SugarSync will be useful on them, both for local file management and for getting at documents stored on a netbook owner’s primary computer.

SugarSync offers a free version with 2GB of storage, which is enough to give it a try; paid accounts start at $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year for 30GB of space.

Here are a couple of screen images from the new Android client:




5Words for May 8th, 2009

5wordsSaw Star Trek, expected Tribbles…

An EeePC that’s a tablet.

Nokia preps giant app store.

How to research: copy Wikipedia!

Blu-Ray sales up 72 percent.

I’ve pointed cameras at TVs.

Big Sony e-reader in works?

Stardates for your Google Calendar.

SugarSync adds a free version.

Hulu tiptoes towards international expansion.

Hey, my HDTV’s a Vizio.