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Verizon Branches Out With Expensive Online Storage

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Updated: Verizon (s VZ) 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.

21 Responses to “Verizon Branches Out With Expensive Online Storage”

  1. I’ve been giving customers Amazon S3 + Jungle Disk. I started on Carbonite, but it kept going down and I’d have to reinstall software which got old fast, plus it was actually cheaper for a lot of customers to use S3.

    For $20+$1/mo from JungleDisk and $2-7/mo from S3, the price can’t be beat for the robustness of JungleDisk and the reliability of S3.

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  3. Raghu Kulkarni

    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.

  4. Steve Mcmara

    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.

  5. Stacey Higginbotham

    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.

  6. 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.