Dropbox is widely regarded as one of the top cloud-storage services
in the world. It's certainly one of the best-known, enjoying name
recognition that's almost on par with Evernote, Gmail, and Twitter.
Alas, the company is a little stingy when it comes to its free
accounts, offering only 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage unless you pay
for more. (Actually, I guess anything free is pretty generous, but
it seems low when you consider that competing services like
SugarSync and Microsoft SkyDrive give you 5GB and 7GB,
However, if you own an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or
iPad), you can get 50 percent more free space from Dropbox. All you
have to do is install Mailbox, a free app
, then link it to your
Dropbox account. Presto: an extra gigabyte of space, no strings
And by "no strings attached" I mean you can install Mailbox,
venture into the app's settings, perform the one-time Dropbox
configuration, get the extra gigabyte--and then delete the app.
Never touch it again. But still keep your free 1GB, now and
Of course, you might want to take Mailbox for a spin. It's a
pretty sweet alternative to Apple's stock Mail app, offering some
nice features for e-mail management. My favorite by far: a "snooze"
option that lets you delay a message for a specified length of time
(an hour, a day, a week, etc.), bringing it back to the top of your
inbox so you don't forget about it.
Don't have an iOS device? You can still get extra
Dropbox space for free
. (Note that you'll need to sign into
your existing Dropbox account to see these options.)
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While you're at it, check out this roundup of the best Dropbox tips and tricks
. It really is
a versatile service, which explains why it's so popular. Now you
can do even more with it while still keeping your cash in your
wallet.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.