Microsoft offering extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage to Windows Phone users

Microsoft offering extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage to Windows Phone users
If you happen to be part of the ever growing ecosystem of Windows Phone users, keep an eye on your email account associated with your Live ID.

In there, you may see an email from Windows Phone stating simply that as a token of appreciation to Windows Phone users, Microsoft is offering up an extra 20GB of free Skydrive storage for one year on top of the 7GB of free storage already available.

What could you do with the extra space? Well, if you are a Windows Phone user already, there is a better than average chance that you have a Nokia Lumia device with a killer camera. That means you have a lot of pictures that may be worth setting up for auto-upload. Do the same for your videos while you are at it.

Of course, SkyDrive is your personal file manager in the cloud, so it is a handy feature to use between your computer, tablet and Windows Phone for documents and other important media. We are not certain how wide this promotional net is being cast, but Microsoft usually likes to do this “big,” so check out the email you use for your Live ID, and you may find yourself with an extra 20GB of storage to keep all those holiday photos and videos.


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29 Comments

19. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

i have 245 GB free now that is awesome

22. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

wait what..!? O.o

26. Penny

Posts: 1875; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Surface Pro people, they got 200GB for free. Damn.

29. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

exactly, only i got the Surface 2 not the Pro ..

14. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Yayy!! redeemed it already!! :P

13. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

i have 75gb of dropbox... only 20 meh not that great.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

meh 2gb free of dropbox, or pay 9.99/month for 100gb. Skydrive offers 200GB for less at 8.33/month. If you got 75gb free with dropbox, great, its not the 'norm'.

25. Penny

Posts: 1875; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed, I only have 2 gigs with Dropbox. Also, I do have to say that this 20GB is great for the target consumer: WP users. All of my WP stuff and Windows 8.1 stuff (photos, documents) gets stored on my SkyDrive automatically because of its integration on these platforms, so I don't end up using the other storage tools I have access to (DropBox, Google Drive, Flickr) nearly as much. In other words, 20GB is great for those who are using WP and other platforms in which SkyDrive is integrated.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yup. I currently just purchased my mom a 10.1 asus Win8.1 tablet. She got a 64gb tablet, 25gigs of skydrive, now 20 more. Then asus gave her 35gb with webstorage. Then she got 20gb more because she is a Office 325 user. I don't think she will ever use that data. Combined with her 521, and the way win8 logs in. Her desktop, tablet, phone, all are easy to use and integrated without a hassel

12. Password

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

So 20GB will be for 20 users to download.

10. KeyboardWarrior

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

No love for RT?

9. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

lol nice! few days ago the offerd us 1 yr free premium skype now this? :D

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

For those of us older customers with 25Gb... Will ms skip us? Or will we get super lucky and end up with 45GBs?

11. papss unregistered

I have the 25 and just got the 20 for free... great for me.. i prefer skydrive to any of tbe others plus it works great with my xbox one.

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I joined skydrive a while ago, still have 25gb.

4. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Older users were given an permanent upgrade to 25gb

21. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I've 25GB as well.. ;)

1. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That is a ton of storage. But... after one year, how much?

3. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

You will get 7GB free storage for life when you have skydrive account. This offer will give 20GB for one year. So after one year you will be left with 7GB.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have WP so I know I will have 7 GB for life. This is obviously a great way to get Skydrive users used to a ton more space, and after one year to get them to buy the 20 GB. Just not sure how much that would be.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If NSA funds it, then it will be free.

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Skydrive beats Google Drive and iCloud only in one thing; WIth Skydrive, your content and information is been watched by jolly good fellows of NSA.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Your love for MS is awesome. Sad thing is you believe what you type

20. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

MS is not all bad. I like the desktop. Otherwise, nah.

23. Penny

Posts: 1875; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

So you know for certain that Google Drive and iCloud are safe from the prying grips of the NSA, while Skydrive is not? Awesome, you must be a high level insider or something. I should totally take your word for it.

27. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Google is innocent! It's not like they would ever give the government access to your private information. Oh wait, didn't they allow the Chinese government to censor the results of their search engine? Okay, whatever - hear no evil, see no evil ;o)

30. papss unregistered

Nope its just all round better. Google drive is half baked but you goggles wont let you see anything but nonsense.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

not very much, 50gb plan is $2/month. So probably less if they offer that as a plan.

24. Penny

Posts: 1875; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Goes back down to what you have now after 1 year unless Microsoft decides then to let you keep it. I personally was lucky enough to get grandfathered into the free 25GB of SkyDrive storage. While I'll add this for 45GB for a year, I don't think I'll go past my original 25GB limit in that time frame. Just use it for documents and photos from my phone, really.

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