HTC Android phones get free 5 GB Dropbox account

Cloud computing is all the rage nowadays. Apple certainly gave the online storage trend a big boost earlier this month when it provided iOS users with some free storage space on its iCloud system. Now HTC has posted word on its Twitter page that starting today, owners of its Android-based smartphones will get free access to 5 GB of cloud storage via DropBox.

That's a pretty generous deal and it's obviously supposed to be an answer to the iCloud's own 5 GB of free storage.  Microsoft already offers Windows Phone users a whopping 25 GB of free storage on its Skydrive cloud service.  As good as having a place to back up or store your important files is to most smartphone and PC users, we do have to wonder if this trend could be a double edged sword.

There is something to be said for having a local storage system where you can access your important files anytime you want. Putting your data on a cloud servers is important as well but there's one big flaw; your Internet connection has to be working in order to access your file servers on any cloud-based system.

Let's face it; our broadband infrastructure here in the US is crappy. How many times have you experienced down time with your Internet connection that extends for more than, say, a few minutes? We have had those kinds of issues all too often yet we would still like to be able to work while the problems is being fixed. So you are pretty much done for if an important file is in your cloud storage space and you can't get to it.

The moral of this story; cloud servers are cool, and we use them. But we don't depend on them.

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Not sure why so many of you are having issues, I have an Inspire, rooted and running a custom ROM, Revolution. All I did was to install Dropbox, sign in with my exisitng 2GB account and got an email 10 minutes later letting me know that I was upgraded to 5GB total for 12 months.

So HTCs answer to icloud is a free 5gb dropbox account?

Thats a crap answer IMHO

Dont get me wrong i use around 50gb in my dropbox account but thats for backing up my stuff atomatically. Get me all my software integrated with dropbox and i will love you, anything less is a poor aproach, people tend to think the cloud is simply files stored on the internet. It is supposed to be much more than that

SQ1 said,
It will be available after an update to the Dropbox android app.

Has this been confirmed? I saw on a blog the other day they were talking about the beta of the new Dropbox, so maybe this is how HTC users will get the bump?

Hope so.

Might have to flash a sense 3.5 based rom on my Desire for this once its confirmed exactly what needs to be done.

Got 8.2gb at the moment anyway so not sure if they will give me any more space!

from what i've read online on other sites, it will be an installed app on htc phones running sense 3.5.
it's unsure if it will be offered to older versions of the sense ui

Tried removing Dropbox and reinstalling it on my Desire. No go. Looks like it is only for new customers. Oh well, no biggie, my Dropbox is currently at 9.2GB anyways!

The Dark Knight said,
Tried removing Dropbox and reinstalling it on my Desire. No go. Looks like it is only for new customers. Oh well, no biggie, my Dropbox is currently at 9.2GB anyways!

Well 9GB -> 5GB would be a downgrade for you. It's not extra.

madkingsoup said,
Just installed and only got 2gb. Does this only apply to Sense users? I'm on CM7 on Desire.

CM7 on Sensation here and I only got 2GB too, so yeah presumably you do need Sense. Not sure I can be bothered to flash stock ROM temporarily just to get 5GB on Dropbox.

madkingsoup said,
Just installed and only got 2gb. Does this only apply to Sense users? I'm on CM7 on Desire.

You'll probably need an official HTC ROM.

Just get a free Dropbox 2GB account. Setup some Google Adwords and get boosted to 8GB. Costs pennies. I'm already at 6.2GB

Or just get a Backify 512GB free account.

Exactly. ---- this...

I know all of the above are madly in love with droid.

I use windows phone. I enjoy mad bandwidth to the cloud with my sky drive. :-D

I stream video, tunes, from SkyDrive.

Plus I enjoy my integrated 16 gig internal. :-D

Oh yeah.. forgot all about Zune.

Oh well...

If you already have a free Dropbox account, you will get 3GB additional for a total of 5GB. Just install it on your HTC Droid, login and you will get an email telling you that you have been upgraded for 12 months.

Simple............

wsgrant said,
If you already have a free Dropbox account, you will get 3GB additional for a total of 5GB. Just install it on your HTC Droid, login and you will get an email telling you that you have been upgraded for 12 months.

Simple............


so the 5 gb is only for 12 months???? whats the upload size limit for a file?

Nucleotide said,
How do you actually get this 5Gb of storage. I'm not seeing any information about it anywhere.

just login to the dropbox account from your htc phone. thats it. you get the 5 gb

Droid phones have support for removable storage, unlike iPhone or wp7. Rim does as well..
I don't see much use coming from this as db will probably limit usage and push the end user to upgrade..

astralbaby said,
Droid phones have support for removable storage, unlike iPhone or wp7. Rim does as well..
I don't see much use coming from this as db will probably limit usage and push the end user to upgrade..
They are great when you're on a wifi network and away from home, if you keep all your important stuff there.

devilotX said,
So I have an HTC Android Phone, but I already have a dropbox account, can I get my account upgraded to 5GB?

New accounts only?

tehmemories said,

I would like to know this as well.

Based on what I read HTC said all phones including older customers with Android based phones from HTC. I too am hoping that is correct information and if that can be added to the amount of space I already have that would be sweet!