Storage pricing is dropping like stones in water. Google announced sharp price cuts for Google Drive last month for example. A Terabyte (TB) of data is now available for $9.99 per month, while 10 TB are available for $99.99.
Amazon too announced a price drop, and now it is MediaFire that joins the party. The file hosting company, one of the few that survived the Megaupload fallout in 2012, launched desktop clients in August of 2012 to become more than just another web-based file hosting service and distinguish itself.
Today, MediaFire announced the final release of the desktop client for Windows and Mac, and along with it new storage plans and other news of interest.
Free users get 10 Gigabytes of storage when they sign up. Users who need more space can sign up for a pro or business account, both of which are discounted by 50% currently as part of the launch celebration.
You get 1 TB of storage on MediaFire servers for $2.49 per month currently. The business accounts on the other hand start at $64.99 per quarter for 1 TB of storage data.
Here are the differences between all three account types
- Basic gets you 10 GB of storage initially with options to increase that limit to 50 GB, for instance by referring friends. The maximum file upload limit is 200 Megabyte, long term storage is limited, and you will get ads on the site.
- The Pro accounts offers 1 TB of space and a file size limit of 20 GB. There are no ads or captcha codes, you can link directly to files, and download entire folders. The account is set up for long-term storage, and you get priority support.
- The Business account supports all features of the pro account plus user management, customizable branding options, download statistics, and a security log.
Existing Pro users may upgrade to the new Pro account, but they will have to pay the full monthly price ($4.99) to do so.
The MediaFire desktop applications have received updates as well. The software is out of beta now and supports new features such as following files or tracking files shared by other users. Speed upgrades and stability fixes are also part of the final version.
Please note that the desktop client may still display the old plans to you on first installation. It is likely that this will be resolved soon though.
MediaFire plans to launch applications for Apple's iPad and Android in the coming weeks. These apps will support features such as automatic photo synching which you may already know from other mobile clients such as the Dropbox client.
One Terabyte of storage for $2.49 is hard to top. While MediaFire does not offer all features and options yet that Google offers, the editing of spreadsheets comes to mind for example, it may become a prime choice for users who require lots of storage space.