Feb 23 AT 2:24 PM Edgar Cervantes 38 Comments

Box offering 50 GB of free storage for Android users, along with update and tablet giveaway


Box may not have the level of popularity that Dropbox has been able to achieve, but they are sure trying to get people’s attention. We know that Box has been offering free 50 GB of storage to owners of select brands, but not all of us have been able to (officially) take advantage of this until today. Box has just updated its Android application, and every user that downloads the app gets 50 GB of free cloud storage! Oh, and some added features and improvements to the app itself.

Enhancements include the ability to view and comment files, invite your friends to collaborate in them, a better uploader, and a cool-looking improved UI  complete with Android 4.0 support. I have to say that the UI looks much nicer than the previous version, a much needed update for the cloud storage service.

All users need to do to take advantage of the free 50 GB offer is download the app and sign in; it is that simple. But if you need a bit more of an incentive, they are also raising the upload limit. Users are now allowed to upload files as big as 100 MB.

To make things a bit more interesting, Box is also giving away 20 Samsung Galaxy Tabs with a year of their premium Box Enterprise service. As you may suspect, this is aimed at businesses and business users, and in order to participate, you must tell them how this tablet and service could improve yours. Check out the Box site for more details.

So, if you haven’t yet tried out Box, we say it is about time you get your hands all over it. This offer ends on March 23rd, so make sure to get your free 50 GB before that. Are any of you currently using Box? If not, which cloud storage service do you prefer?


Via: Android Police

Source: Box

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  • Scarleo

    Permissions: Read contacts, no thanks.

    • Chad

      A dev chimed in on the Android market about the new permissions (copied below). I don’t see how you don’t jump at this offer especially for those of us who need cloud space.

      “Developer here. The reason the contacts permission was added was for the Invite a Collaborator feature, where you can use your address book to quickly retrieve email addresses for that text field. See the video we added. We do NOT look at your address book at any other time or send your contacts’ info to our servers unless you invite them to Box. We know – that permission bugs us, too. –Box Mobile Team”

      • Anne A

        Hahaha, great minds think alike!

        • Chad

          Ha! I guess so. +1

    • Anne A

      A dev chimed in on that saying:

      “The reason the contacts permission was added was for the Invite a Collaborator feature, where you can use your address book to quickly retrieve email addresses for that text field. See the video we added. We do NOT look at your address book at any other time or send your contacts’ info to our servers unless you invite them to Box. We know – that permission bugs us, too.”

      • Jeff Pan

        Thanks! Just got an upgrade to 50GB- Wohoo!

    • GB

      Dangerous stuff that read contacts

    • GeauxLSU

      If you don’t like it, just sign up, then uninstall the app. Take advantage of the LARGE space

  • kicost

    Great news :)

  • Raoul

    Last time i try Box you can’t queue download (only download one file at the time) if you don’t have a paid account. Still the same ? If yes it’s pretty useless.

  • jmon

    The only reason I dont use box is that you have to pay $15/month for the desktop application.

  • oko loko

    Just got mine free 50GB! :) Great offer!
    I presume this offer comes due to Google is about to introduce its much expected GDrive… will see…

  • Vance

    That would be nice buuuut… I already have an integrated network of shared folders, both business and personal, on dropbox. This is why the network effect creates such a strong economic “moat” against would-be competition (see eBay). Once you’re in, you’re kind of in. It took a lot of time and gradual coaxing to get some of my “less technology oriented” sales people to start using our Dropbox share, not that they’re on there, trying to switch would be counter-productive to say the least.

  • Vyrlokar

    On linux, you can set this as a webdav share, and then use some mirroring client to transfer files to and from it, replicating the sync that usually requires you to pay for an enterprise account.

    I’ve got over 20 GB on Dropbox for free, and now 50 GM on Box…

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    50GB from Box blows away my 5GB from Dropbox! Thanks!

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    This is awesome. I already got the 50 GB promotion when I had a TouchPad. Too bad it wouldn’t double it up for me!

    • Edgar Cervantes

      LOL! I was thinking the same. Cause I got the Xperia offer back in the day. So I already had the 50 GB, and I was wondering if it would become 100…. Haha, doesn’t work that way….

      • BiGMERF

        i had the 50gb from the touchpad too..lmao

  • Escobar

    Really nice deal, but unfortunately it just isn’t perfect. I’ve got a 50gigs Box account because of my LG phone. Works oke, BUT (yes it’s big)…. you don’t have a desktop syncer like dropbox. You can’t download multiple files at once and there is a file size limit. All of them are really necessary for me. Unfortunately they try to force you to update with these methods. Because of that I will just keep on using my DropBox account. 10Gigs for free is more than enough for now and their desktop sync is awesome!

  • LEKO

    Got it… Will I use use it? Don’t know!

  • spazby

    cool, i will give it a try

  • MrCrusha829

    I have the 50GB from my Xperia deal that they had awhile back for the same space. Haven’t really used it much as I was getting errors/failures uploading some files. Also the lack of desktop syncing is a hassle. If they want to compete with Dropbox then they need to offer the same service or better. Why would anyone switch when Dropbox is more functional as far as free goes.

  • Coltsfan74

    Picked up my 50GB. Not sure if I will use it or not, but it is nice to have if I want it.

  • George

    Not bad. Too bad there’s no free windows client though.

    And yes, you CAN queue multiple downloads (just drag and drop a whole bunch of files and they’ll be queued up)

  • honourbound68

    Lots of space but the 100mb upload blows for people that need to upload video to be edited (me). Dropbox does not have this limitation. That being said, I still took the free 50 gb.

  • Max.Steel

    Too bad you have to pay $15 a month for the desktop app.

  • Schmidty850

    Too bad that it is a business give away, not a personal giveaway. Although I’m not sure what I would do with 20 Galaxy tabs….

    • DroidPower

      you can open a business and give them to the people you hire…and collaborate together using BOX! lol

      i thought they were only giving one tablet per business user.. so 20 different winners instead of just one?

  • masterpfa

    Attractive as it seems, this is one offer I will not be using any longer. I thought I would retry using Box before en-counting the main problem for me, UPLOAD LIMITS

    When trying to upload back up files I encountered the warning that this wasn’t permitted on this type of account and would I like to upgrade

    OK call me a cheapskate but with DropBox, where the only limit is the size of my account, with no additional subscription cost or Box with 50, 100, 1000Gb ( doesn’t really matter as I cannot upload to fill it) but limited upload? Give me DropBox every time.


  • ss

    call me when you offer max file limit at least 1 GB..

  • smeghead68

    I like using Dropbox but I might give this a try if it is truly free (for desktop applications as well). I think that Dropbox also has a upload file size limit if you’re trying to upload with a browser. However you can overcome this by just putting files in your local folder and letting Dropbox manage the sync. If that makes any sense?

    • Sebastian

      That’s correct. As stated in the Dropbox Help Center, files uploaded through the website have an upload limit of 300 MB whereas the desktop client doesn’t have such a penalty.

      “Files uploaded to Dropbox via the desktop application have no file size limit.

      Files uploaded through the website (by pressing the upload button) have a 300 MB cap. In other words, each file you upload through the website must be 300 MB or less.”

  • masterpfa

    100 MB upload limit?!?!

    For that reason I’m out

  • Alatay alan

    Its all good 50 gbs

  • BW

    I never got the extra storage. Is this because I am an existing user or once had the app and uninstalled?