It’s been a year since I signed up for dropbox and I’m happy to renew my premium subscription, even though it’s costing me $138 US per year. (That’s $99 for 50 GB of space in the cloud and $39 for the “pack rat” unlimited undo history feature.)
Right now, I’m using 30 GB of 82.25 GB. Even though I’ve only paid for 50 GB of space, I have a lot of extra free space because of all the people that I refer to dropbox.
Of course, now that dropbox is an integral part of my life (30 GB that is), I’m hooked (and stuck).
Dropbox has a lovely referral program and you can get free space just by inviting your friends, but there are limits and caps.
For example, for every friend that you invite who actually joins and installs dropbox, you get 500 MB to 1 GB of extra free space (depending on if you have a free or paid account.) Your friend gets 500 MB of extra free space (up to a limit of 32 referrals.)
If you use this link to set up your dropbox account, you’ll get 500 MB of extra free space. I won’t get any extra free space because I’m already at the 32 GB limit, so it’s all about you baby.
- If you have a free dropbox account, you can get up to 18 GB of space (2 GB for free, and 500 MB per referral.)
- If you have a paid (Pro 50) dropbox account, you can get up to 82 GB of space (50 GB that you paid for, and 1 GB per referral up to 32 referrals.)
Even though I have 32 GB of referrals, if I drop down to the free plan, those 32 referrals drop down to 18 GB of free space. Still impressive, but the reason why I upgraded was because cleaning house was a headache.
Once you run out of space on dropbox, it stops syncing your files. Rather than spending hours constantly trying to keep my files under a certain limit, I’m willing to shell out some money to make my life easier.
You can actually get over 32 GB of free space because you can get bonus space just by doing some simple tasks.
- You get an extra 250 MB when you create your account just by completing the “getting started” steps.
- You can get 125 MB just by linking your twitter account and then another 125 MB just by following @dropbox on twitter.
- If you leave a 90 character feedback message, you can get an 125 MB. Once you give the feedback, this will unlock another option to tweet your feedback message, earning you an extra 125 MB of free space.
- if you connect your Facebook account, you can get 125 MB as well.
- In other words, you can get an extra 1 GB of free space, even if you don’t have any friends to get bonus referral space.
(I’m actually at 32.75 GB of bonus space earned because I completed these simple tasks.)
So, why am I still using dropbox at school and at home? Here are 6 reasons: