SugarSync ups free backup, file-sharing capacity to 5GB

File sharing and backup service provider SugarSync today announced that it has increased the capacity of its eponymous online storage offering from 2GB to 5GB.

The company said that current users of its free 2GB cloud-based storage service will be automatically upgraded to the higher-capacity service.

The SugarSync online backup and file sharing service can be used to manage documents, e-mail, music files, photos or video from any web-enabled device running any operating system. For example, SugarSync supports laptops, tablets like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy, and a variety of smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberriy, and multiple Android-based phones.

"Statistics show people's storage needs double every two years so this larger plan is better suited for today's mobile consumer," Laura Yecies, CEO of SugarSync , said in a statement. "We believe our free 5 GB service will give consumers a true taste of how SugarSync can support their fast-growing digital lives by managing their data in their own Personal Cloud."

SugarSync also offers a free 30-day trial for its higher-capacity plans, which start at 30GB. The 30GB plan is priced at $5 per month.

The company also said that customers that refer their family, friends and colleagues to the free 5GB SugarSync account will earn 500MB of additional free online capacity for each referral. Users that refer people to paid programs receive 10GB of additional storage for each new subscriber.

Other file sharing and online backup services include Mobile Me, Windows Live Mesh, SyncplicityDropBox, SpiderOak, MemeoHumyo, and Soon.

[Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld.]

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