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Somehow in the last five years of being a Verizon broadband customer, I missed that the company offers online storage for backups and media. I found out today via a press release announcement — Verizon is boosting the plan capacities while leaving prices the same. How […]

Verizon logoSomehow in the last five years of being a Verizon broadband customer, I missed that the company offers online storage for backups and media. I found out today via a press release announcement — Verizon is boosting the plan capacities while leaving prices the same. How do the plans compete against some of the other cloud storage services? Here are the new price plans:

  • 5 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity for $1.99 a month (previously 1 GB).
  • 25 GB for $4.99 a month (previously 5 GB).
  • 50 GB for $6.99 a month (previously 10 GB).
  • 150 GB for $12.99 a month (previously 20 GB).
  • 250 GB for $19.99 a month (five times the storage capacity of the previous highest-capacity offering of 50 GB for $30.99 a month).

Every Verizon broadband customer can take advantage of a free 250MB plan, so you don’t need to commit cash up front. Online access is supported on Windows, Mac and Linux, but the backup client is for Windows only. Mac and Linux users are on the outs for this service, just as they are for the free Wi-Fi partnership that Verizon has with Boingo Wireless. I don’t see any way to access data from a handheld device, either, which is something that many others in this space offer. True cross-platform and mobile support are musts for the way I work, so for now I’ll stick with my current options of Dropbox and SugarSync.

While Verizon’s Online Backup and Storage isn’t necessarily for me, Windows users looking for a relatively inexpensive cloud storage solution might be interested. One advantage that Verizon’s VOBS offers over the services I use is that it can back up your PCs every hour, so that’s something to consider as well. Most of my data is in the cloud already and my Windows Home Server can handle my minimal backup needs.

  1. And if this is a start of Verizon moving to the cloud, then this supports the move by RackSpace to acquire JungleDisk (http://www.jungledisk.com) earlier in the year. As a JungleDisk user I have all the benefits you described, and at a fraction of the costs Verizon is charging.

    Services like DropBox (http://www.getdropbox.com) and JungleDisk are far more advanced, and less costly so customers of Verizon should look at what Verizon offers and pick and choose. To draw a comparison, would you rather have Verizon Voice Mail or GoogleVoice?

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  2. Services like this are really aimed at the home market there is no support for exchange,oracle or some of the other advanced features,however for a simple file backup of your PC,dropbox is a great service.I agree that there is a lot of competition in the home and business market.

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