Will Google Drive (or Dropbox or Spotify or Hulu) Destroy Your Cellphone Bill?


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According to The Next Web, Google will launch their cloud storage solution Google DriveĀ  next week. TechCrunch appears to be confirming, with the discovery of a Google Drive app for OS X. Everyone who signs up will get 5 GB of cloud storage out of the gate, which is more than double what Dropbox users currently get for free (2 GB). Much like the web-based email wars before them, it will likely spur a storage war where the end user ultimately benefits from the escalations. (Remember when you had to remember to delete emails in Hotmail or Yahoo or run out of space?)

Perhaps the more pressing question to raise in this era of increasing cloud availability is this: if your cellphone provider is putting you on a data diet (unlimited data plans have gone the way of the dodo bird), what good is an inordinate amount of storage in the cloud? Or for that matter, how useful are services like Spotify, Pandora, Hulu or Netflix on your phone if Verizon or AT&T make it ridiculously expensive to use on a regular basis (or severely restrict your throughput once your “unlimited” account hits a data threshold)?

QUESTION: How are you handling the conflict between reduced data access from your provider and increased dependence on data in the cloud from services you use such as storage and streaming media? Is Wi-Fi an important part of the equation for you?

About Christian

Christian Gunning -- Boingo's vice president of corporate communication -- has been with the company since its beginning in 2001. Always willing to regale you with stories of the early days when Wi-Fi was still called 802.11b and we had to explain how you could get the Internet without a wire, he's grown to love the new world where wireless Internet is expected.
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2 Responses to Will Google Drive (or Dropbox or Spotify or Hulu) Destroy Your Cellphone Bill?

  1. I think i am happy with dropbox at the moment. I don’t trust Google as they launch their apps free then make them paid once you are addicted to them. So better stick with dropbox!

  2. Zappy says:

    Actually spotify recognise this data problem with streaming music on your phone and spending your data limit fast. Therefore they allow you to download as much music as you like on your phone and put it into offline mode so you dont have to stream your playlist. Naturally there is a 30 day limit of holding theses files in offline mode. So long as you continue your monthly subscription then the music files will be available offline indefinately.

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