For anyone looking for a simpler online storage option than iCloud

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by miggitymac, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. miggitymac, Oct 14, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011

    miggitymac macrumors 6502a

    miggitymac

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    #1
    Step 1: use an iphone/ipad to get the box.net app from the app store.
    Step 2: use the app and make an account (involves setting up an email address as your username, and making a password)
    Step 3: receive 50 GB of online storage FOR FREE
    Step 4: you're done.

    Note: unlike iCloud, you can put in any type of file you want in storage, and you can access your files with any device/computer. :cool:

    Note 2: I'm in no way associated with box.net. I just happened to come across the offer when I was searching for nexus prime news haha. I tried it, and it works, and it's simple, so I thought I'd pass the info on. Cheers!

    EDIT: Note 3: I got the app by going to box.net/iphone...I'm not sure if it's different than just getting the app from the app store itself.
     
  2. bushido Suspended

    bushido

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    Germany
    #2
    this is great, my 100mbit connection will be happy :D
     
  3. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #3
    Considering iCloud and box.net offers completely different services, I don't really see how one is an alternative to the other...

    box.net is an amazing addition to iCloud though.
     
  4. miggitymac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    miggitymac

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    #4
    Well, they both offer online storage services, and in that regard, iCloud is much more complex than it could have been.

    But whatever, it is what it is...and sites like Dropbox and box.net are probably happy about that. :D
     
  5. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #5
    box.net offers 50 GB of storage that you can use however you want, sort of like a USB thumb drive that's always there.

    iCloud offers 5 GB of storage to sync your photos, calendars, iWork files on iDevices, and offers a tracking service and a specific e-mail.

    They can be used as complements to each other, since they offer completely different services, which also is the reason why you can't compare them as you're doing.

    You seem to think iCloud was supposed to be iDisk with additional features. This is not the case. Nor has it ever been presented as such.

    Do you understand that just because they're both "online storage", they can't be compared?
     
  6. tallyho macrumors 6502a

    tallyho

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2004
    Location:
    UK
    #6
    Hmm, I thought there was a 100MB individual file size limit, and that the only way to manage files from a mac or pc was via a web interface, unless you pay for webdav. That might have changed now.
     
  7. Terri French macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    #7
    I think the box.net promotion only gives you 50 gb for 50 days. It's a trial period.
     
  8. miggitymac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    miggitymac

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    #8
    Not true. The regular deal is 5GB for 50 days.

    If you get in on the deal I'm talking about, it's 50GB for "a lifetime".
     
  9. Terri French macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    #9
    I will look at it again. Thanks.
     
  10. todd03blown macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    #10
    Just checked the app via the app store. It says "50GB free for lifetime if you register before Dec 2, 2011". Signing up now!!

    Thanks for sharing this!!
     
  11. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2011
    #11
    Waste of an app

    Just checked the 50gig is not lifetime it says in the description its up to december 2 2011.

    you can upload max 100mb per file

    Kinda gay
     
  12. miggitymac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    miggitymac

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    #12
    The promotion is until December 2, but you keep the 50GB for a lifetime. The 100 mb per file limit is true though, which isn't enough for movies, but is plenty for most everything else. And it's free...don't see how it's a waste.:confused:
     
  13. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2011
    #13
    There is also no free client for PC or Mac

    yeah 50gig yay but rest is ******
     
  14. E3BK macrumors 68020

    E3BK

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #14
    LOL. I was going to say...I only got 50GB for 50 days also but then I read the text closer: "As part of our 50 GB for 50 Days promotion, you now have a a free 50GB Box account..."

    Meaning the promotion is 50 days long. the 50GB is for life. Yay!

    Box isn't quite up to snuff for me but I have the free account so that as they grow I'll have free storage.

    And on that note, SugarSync is offering 50% off the 1st year. SS >>>> DropBox and has a better choice of storage capacities. The free account is 5GB. You can sync any folder, not just the DropBox folder. I highly recommend.
     
  15. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #15
    You can keep a 50 GB large mp3 library online "for life", for free, and people start crying about it because they can't ****ing read? Jesus christ, you lot are ****ing losers.
     
  16. Candlelight macrumors 6502a

    Candlelight

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Location:
    New Zealand
    #16
    I just joined SkyDrive and got 25GB. Will have to look into Box too.

    Man, 75GB of space in two days of cloud dancing. Not bad!
     
  17. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    NY USA
    #17
    I would hit the Box.Net site before storing anything there. While the promotion is free, there are file limitation sizes, which if you wish to change you need to pay the yearly fee for, which is cheaper than DropBox and Amazon, but not free.

    Also, the upload is not encrypted (the app store says it is, the website says it is not), in fact the free or paid personal services offer very few security or other features. You also cannot sync your desktop files if that is important on the personal account. Free is good, but I would not put anything important or private on there unless you pay for the upgraded services. Seems like a nice service for basic storage but falls far short of what DropBox offers IMHO.
     
  18. C64 macrumors 65816

    C64

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2008
    #18
    Just wait a few weeks or months until all the iOS apps are updated to use iCloud, and suddenly everything you use is magically synced across all your devices. That's going to be the huge convenience, and that's how Apple's iCloud it's different from all the "manually drop files on this partition in the cloud" services.

    As for box.net: the free account doesn't support any kind of desktop application or syncing. So unless you're planning to download 50GB worth of files on your phone an manually uploading each of those files in the box.net app, it's not all the special.

    You're better off using Dropbox next to iCloud for syncing files manually across all your devices, including desktops, and all free. And you can get up to 10GB of free space using the referral system. More than enough for most.
     
  19. miggitymac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    miggitymac

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    #19
    Just signed up for sugarsync...looks pretty sweet so far! Automatic syncing, easy sharing via email and/or hyperlinks and an archive for pure storage. And you get around 2.5 GBs of bonus storage if you play their little minigames for a total of 7.5 GBs of storage.

    Thanks for the referral!
     
  20. Senseotech macrumors 6502a

    Senseotech

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Location:
    Wilkesboro, NC
    #20
    I, like many, jumped at the 50 gig Box.net bait-and-switch, only to feel supremely mislead in the fact that if I want simple file syncing between machines, its $15 a month!!! So, I deleted my account, telling them exactly why, and went to Sugarsync, got my 5 gigs free instantly, then keep getting some more here and there by doing little games. Its perfect for keeping my iPhoto library in sync between my desktop and notebook, just enough space to have some growth room, dead simple to set up, and once thats done, its transparent.
     
  21. d21mike macrumors 68040

    d21mike

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Location:
    Torrance, CA
    #21
    I have been using SkyDrive for a long time and it works great. Why are so few here talking about it. Maybe because it is from MS?
     
  22. PNutts macrumors 601

    PNutts

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest, US
    #22
    Folks also probably aren't aware of the recent improvements.
     
  23. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    California
    #23
    I too was pretty disappointed with box.net after learning the desktop sync client is pay only, but I kept the account on the theory market pressure will force them to release a desktop client. Otherwise, they are just not competitive in this space.

    In the interim, you can use an FTP client like CyberDuck to access your box.net space from the desktop. Not seamless like Dropbox, but it will get your files up there is you have the need.
     
  24. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    #24
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I signed up for the 50GB Box.net free on iOS. So far has been no use to me because there is no sync to my Mac.

    I use my 2GB free Dropbox for everything.
     

Share This Page