As Internet connection speeds continue to rise, depending on the cloud will get easier. Online file storage has been around for a while, but with connections not offering sufficient speeds to upload substantial amounts of data online, it never really took off. Now however, major cloud storage companies – everyone from Dropbox to Google are lining up offers to attract as many customers and users as possible. Dropbox is now offering up to 16GB of free space for users who can get their friends and contacts to join Dropbox. For every user that you add, Dropbox adds 500 MB of space to your account. You can add upto 32 people and get 16GB of free space in the process. Of course, if you want something more, Dropbox offers paid Pro accounts. The offer only gets better for those users. Dropbox will add 1GB of free space per referral in this case. Get 32 people to signup and you’ll get 32GB of free space.

Upto 16GB for free

Upto 16GB for free

This offer has been around for a while now, and Dropbox used to offer 250 MB of space per referral back then, but that’s been increased. Dropbox in their blog post announcement state that word of mouth is the best way to get their service out to the masses. Dropbox recommends using e-mail, Facebook and Twitter contacts to get the referrals out. Dropbox has been one of the more popular and older cloud storage solutions on the web. They have clients available for Windows, Linux and other mobile platforms, such as Android, iOS and BlackBerry.

But, Dropbox isn’t the only one and off late, Google too has emerged as one of the biggest players in the market and is expected to enter the space. Google Drive service screenshots have been leaked and the service is expected to launch on the 16th of April, this year, which is under two weeks from now. Google’s resources, expertise and existing massive user base should give them the boost they need to make it the most popular service around. They’ll only offer 5GB of space at first, but those looking for much more, have free services, such as Microsoft’s Skydrive, which offers 25GB of free space to its users.

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