Mega opens to preview users, announces premium pricing

Mega, the successor to the shut down MegaUpload file sharing website, is not scheduled to launch to the general public until Sunday. However, some members of the press have now gained access to Mega ahead of its launch by its founder Kim Dotcom.

TechCrunch reports that that the site will have three tiers for premium access to the site. One will include 500 GB of storage and 1 TB of bandwidth for €9.99 a month. The second increases the storage to 2 TB and bandwidth to 4 TB for €19.99 a month and finally, paying €29.99 a month for Mega gives you 4 TB of storage and 8 TB of bandwidth. Dotcom has already announced that users can sign up to get 50 GB of storage for free.

Preview users of Mega can access a blog which reveals plans to update the service with a number of features over the next several months. They will reportedly included additions to the file transfer queue such as dragging and dropping for changing the file transfer sequence, user-to-user messaging with file attachment support, included applications such as a word processor, spread sheet, and calendar, and access via mobile apps.

One interesting thing is that Mega recommends that Google's Chrome browser be used when accessing the service, claiming that it is " ... the most advanced browser currently in existence."

Source: TechCrunch | Image via TechCrunch

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The people who elevated this guy to divine status (but not quite Gabedom) will give him whatever money he asks for, because counter-culture dur hur.

audioman said,

I think we all know who should change his name.

I was referring to the service - not the person (or any person here) - let''s not get cheap ok? It is your good right to use his service. I am not saying he gives a bad service, I am only saying Kim is shouting something different than he offers now, and that there is much similarity to politicians promising things. Mega is UNusable for the type of filesharing megaupload used to offer - it might be very usuable for legal filesharing. So if you only need legal sharing, good. If you need more? Then there are better and cheaper options.

If I store my data on SkyDrive for example, I know Microsoft will take good care of it. On MEGA on the other hand, I'm afraid of what they will do with my data. Kim Dotcom might be a nice guy but I don't think he can be trusted with private information, after all, we all know his service caters to Pirates.

Just my 2 cents.

For one things Pirates could care less about your private information. Second, MS scan what you have in your Skydrive to make sure it's not porn and such, so I don't see how they're any better than another.

Good on him, prices are ok compared to the competition, hope this has a knock on effect and makes them offer lower prices. Good on the guy! The free storage will be fine for me .

I don't care if he just want to have money and get richer than ever. Who cares if you ran a service and wanted to get people to pay for it would you not try and achieve that?

The people complaining need to get off there ass and setup a file-sharing business and offer better for cheaper or free before they complain about this guy.

You can't even get **** for free, why should this guy give your lazy add anything for free when he put the effort into create it he deserves to be rewarded.

You sitting on your ass using his service do not deserve a reward at all he does not owe you ****.

MrAnalysis said,
Good on him, prices are ok compared to the competition, hope this has a knock on effect and makes them offer lower prices. Good on the guy! The free storage will be fine for me .

I don't care if he just want to have money and get richer than ever. Who cares if you ran a service and wanted to get people to pay for it would you not try and achieve that?

The people complaining need to get off there ass and setup a file-sharing business and offer better for cheaper or free before they complain about this guy.

You can't even get **** for free, why should this guy give your lazy add anything for free when he put the effort into create it he deserves to be rewarded.

You sitting on your ass using his service do not deserve a reward at all he does not owe you ****.

Prices are NOT ok compared to the competition: http://rapidgator.net/ , http://www.filefactory.com and many others offer UNLIMITED bandwith and UNLIMITED storage for 8 euro per month. UNLIMITED.

justaguy123 said,

Prices are NOT ok compared to the competition: http://rapidgator.net/ , http://www.filefactory.com and many others offer UNLIMITED bandwith and UNLIMITED storage for 8 euro per month. UNLIMITED.


You obviously have no idea whatsoever about web hosting services and their scams. There's no such thing as "unlimited" bandwidth and whoever tells you "unlimited" is a scammer that you should stay away from. Services with "unlimited" bandwidth are not able to provide decent transfer rate and actively limit it as well, so even if people download from your account for an entire month non-stop, your account's total transfer will never reach more than a couple of terrabytes AT BEST. That's "unlimited" for you. Kim decided not to be an ******* anymore and doesn't try to fool anyone regarding what his service ACTUALLY offers.

Edited by audioman, Jan 19 2013, 11:02am :

audioman said,

You obviously have no idea whatsoever about web hosting services and their scams. There's no such thing as "unlimited" bandwidth and whoever tells you "unlimited" is a scammer that you should stay away from. Services with "unlimited" bandwidth are not able to provide decent transfer rate and actively limit it as well, so even if people download from your account for an entire month non-stop, your account's total transfer will never reach more than a couple of terrabytes AT BEST. That's "unlimited" for you. Kim decided not to be an ******* anymore and doesn't try to fool anyone regarding what his service ACTUALLY offers.

I use my own filefactory account for extra backup - started transferring some files to my server - downloaded now 6TB already in 10 days time, the service is still not complaining // I am using my giganews account for other things to backup - I am downloading files from that account (together with a few other people whom I share the account with) for many many years already at over 10TB a month. Sure now you are gonna spam me what I need that kind of data for? I am just saying: others DO offer what they promise. I am downloading from filehosts for maaany years already, I own over 20 different premiums, so do not think I don''t know what I am talking about... Kim is offering what he wites he is offering: very expensive service for legal consumption only. He is not offering what he has been screaming all the time.

It is clear that Kim has nothing else in mind than getting even much richer than he was before: for storing personal data, sure 50GB is nice - but for sharing data on the internet 4TB is not that much, and the 8TB bandwith that comes with it is even very little. And the prices we need to pay for that? REDICULOUS!
Sure you can all say that compared to the fed-controlled dropbox this is better.
But Kim himself is screaming and shouting that the internet will never be the same after mega, and he is reaching out to the filesharers (so yes also supposedly illegal material) and attacking the entertainment-industry they should innovate (again a pro- illegal comment), but then the deals he offers are UNusable for supposedly illegal filesharing.
For me he is nothing else than a screaming politician who people will likely vote for, but that same politician will F you after he is elected.
Kim is saying with the prices here, I am a LEGAL company now. Which is his good right sure. But then he should not pretend to be a good guy, fighting evil - he is just another moneymaker, that is all I am saying. For me Kim is the biggest threat filehosting has seen in years.

Fritzly said,
4TB is not much? How much space Skydrive offer?
BTW since when trying to become richer is a crime?

I am not talking about legal options here - for legal options 4TB would be enough ofcourse, not for supposedly illegal files. Please let''s not divert here in this thread for what is legal and illegal and the ethics around that. For ""illegal"" filesharing 4TB is nothing, and compared to what filefactory has to offer mega is even a joke in THAT department. And it is NOT a crime at all to become richer. All I am saying is that Kim has always supposedly been on the pro-side of ""illegal"" filesharing as a means to finally pressure the entertainment industry to listen to it''s audience and start innovating. Of that idea Kim is still spreading, nothing hold up when you see the prices he is offering.

justaguy123 said,
...
But Kim himself is screaming and shouting that the internet will never be the same after mega...

If megaupload get a lot of users, I think he is right. But not the way he want. This guy really think the other side twiddle thumbs? Only after the first look the encrypted data make it "safe".

After what happened with Megaupload and the personal data people backup to up it, would anyone store their personal data on any service this guy comes out with ever again?

I would of liked the third tier to be 8TB with 16TB of bandwidth for businesses or what not. Still you get 50GB for free. Seems pretty good to me. Can back up my music at least. leaving my Dropbox of 15gb and box of 25 gb for other things.

Athlonite said,
yeah um I think not remember the ballsup the FBI made of it I can't see the NZ Popo wanting to make that mistake again

You put too much faith in humanity.

How does that make any difference, they could simply choose not to implement it. Seems like you are not fully aware of how DNT works.

recursive said,
How does that make any difference, they could simply choose not to implement it. Seems like you are not fully aware of how DNT works.

you're wrong. It's not up to the webmaster to decide whether to support DNT or not.
It's the ad provider (like google adsense) who has to decide to support it or not.

if Mega uses an existing ad provider, it's in their interest to recommend a browser that hasn't DNT enabled by default.

they could also force users to install a chrome extension to make sure no other extension is blocking ads on mega (and deny access to the service without that extension).

SuperKid said,
Plus can't you just use Noscript and Adblock+ in Chrome? :L

You could just use the DNT option in Chrome..

It does seem overpriced but then again this is fully encrypted (apparently) compared to skydrive where there was the case of the guy that uploaded slightly dodgy images which fair enough is against skydrive's TOU but still, skydrive can and is looking at what you upload, this in theory - won't.

it's 50gb free but your point is still valid.. doesn't seem too overpriced to me especially if it really will be fully encrypted.

jorel009 said,
...are you high? you cant get 500gb from skydrive for free. where is my can of troll-be-gone.

When you look at the price, 1TB does do a lot than Skydrive's 500gb.