We poked around looking for a few other offerings and found some services that might interest you. Not only do they have mobile access through dedicated apps, they can also back up your home equipment and offer a lot more overall storage compared to SkyDrive, Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive.
Fair disclosure, if you look closely, you will find that a few of these services are the same company using different branding with subtle differences in their offerings and price plans. When you search the web for these services you will find literally hundreds of search-engine-optimized sites that are essentially the same wolf in a different sheep’s clothing. In fact, we included two of them in our pick so you can see the differences in presentation and offering. Still, they offer a large amount of storage for those that have a lot of media to back up.
To put it in perspective, Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Dropbox each will over an additional 100GB of storage for roughly $100 per year. There are services that offer more than double that storage for about half the money. Many of these providers offer unlimited storage at a fraction of the cost. How big of a deal is that? If you are someone that has been collecting digital media for the better part of the past 10 years, it is entirely feasible that you could have in excess of 500GB, 1TB, or more of movies, music and photos tucked away in either your own NAS, or maybe one of these services or even a competing provider.
Shopping around could get you a lot of storage and save you some money in the process.
Cloud storage for your smartphone and everything else
Pro: Low cost, unlimited storage, phone support available, access from everywhere with just about any device.
Con: Service contract required, 6 months, 1 or 2 years, ETF, there is some fine print for additional services like backing up a NAS or allow file sizes larger than 1GB.
Pro: Lots of storage, reasonable cost, access from anywhere with just about any device.
Con: No phone support, some fine print for additional services like backing up a NAS or allow file sizes larger than 1GB.
Pro: Competitive price, Unlimited file size, no bandwidth limits, as a courtesy company will send you a manual drive to back-up large amounts of data (up to 1.5TB) without tying up personal bandwidth.
Con: We really cannot find any other than price versus OLS-CS (see next slide)
Pro: Best price period, no limits on file sizes or bandwidth, native app for Android or iOS.
Con: Only one data center, if their building goes up in flames, so do your files.
Pro: iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 apps that mean business, can also back-up your NAS, no bandwidth limits, works just like an accessible drive on your desktop.
Con: Pricey, but you do get more with what you do pay for versus other providers.