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Updated: Verizon is following the herd with an improved broadband backup and sharing product for home PCs announced today. Just drag and drop your files into a folder on your PC, and Verizon will store them online for you — no matter who provides your broadband. […]

Updated: Verizon is following the herd with an improved broadband backup and sharing product for home PCs announced today. Just drag and drop your files into a folder on your PC, and Verizon will store them online for you — no matter who provides your broadband. New features also include sharing among selected friends. The first 250 MB is free, but it will cost $30.99 a month for 50 GB.

I’ll applaud Verizon for trying to get more revenue from broadband subscribers (even other companies’) by offering a service rather than capping bandwidth or selling customers’ data, but that’s pricey. Verizon is reselling storage from DigiData. Providers such as Drop.io and SugarSync have similar services for less. Dropbox offers 50 GB for $99 a year or $9.99 a month, and SugarSync charges $9.99 a month for 60 Gb or $99.99 a year. Update: And if you’re looking for backup only, get Carbonite — unlimited storage for $49.95 a year ($4.16 a month), or Mozy for $4.95 a month.

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  1. I’m personally a big fan of Mozy. Carbonite had issues and Mozy seems to be more customizable. Just make sure you’re backing up, period.

  2. what’s the best online backup solution for mac users? what’s the cheapest?

  3. Stacey – I thought Verizon has had this service for a while. Atleast, I remember seeing it on their website a few months ago. I was looking into what service providers are offering for content backup services and at what cost.

  4. Mozy rules…….

  5. For online backup news, information and articles, there is an excellent website:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

    This site lists more than 400 online backup companies and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.

  6. Stacey Higginbotham Thursday, January 8, 2009

    Okay, Mozy fans, I was remiss in leaving them out. I’ve added that info to the story, and thanks for letting me know.
    Hemel, it looks like VZ added sharing and more features to their backup product. I’ve updated the story to make that clear.

  7. Verizon thinks broadband comsumers are as gullible as texters | Thursday, January 8, 2009

    [...] Verizon has been making a few moves inthe cloud lately including takign a stab at content delivery. Appearently Dath V thinks the same people who grossly overpay for resources by sending text messages are ready to overpay for online backup. So goes their new offering that will likely find few takers – at least if we can help it. Before you buy backup from from the black helment, just Google for other options. The are abundant, and much less expensive. Verizon is following the herd with an improved broadband backup and sharing product for home PCs announced today. Just drag and drop your files into a folder on your PC, and Verizon will store them online for you — no matter who provides your broadband. New features also include sharing among selected friends. The first 250 MB is free, but it will cost $30.99 a month for 50 GB. (Gigaom) [...]

  8. My favorite is IDrive. I know there are carbonite and mozy fans out there, but do a real world comparison of large amount of data backups and restores. You will see the difference. And it works for Mac as well.

  9. Raghu Kulkarni Friday, January 9, 2009

    Stacey,

    Verizon is trying to market a backup + sharing service. There are not many who do this; IBackup, Upline by HP are among the few who offer this. The ones you listed in your article, drop.io and sugarsync address different problems including sharing and syncing, and of course, carbonite and mozy are pure play online backup services. You probably need to clarify this.

    Raghu Kulkarni
    Note: I represent IBackup.com.

  10. linuxandfriends.com Friday, January 9, 2009

    I think Cryptonite or Mozy gives a better deal than any other.

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