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 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.