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AVG LiveKive Online Backup Service Launches

AVG LiveKive was introduced last month as a beta version. Users from all over the world were able to signup for the service for free and use 5 Gigabytes of space during the beta period. Today, AVG launched the online backup service LiveKive in select countries.

The basic concept of the service has not changed at all, and I suggest you take a look at our initial AVG LiveKive review for a detailed feature walk through.

Only that much here: LiveKive is only available for Windows and Macintosh, which is the biggest limitation at this point in time. Windows or Mac only users should not have a problem with it but if you want to access and backup data from your Linux box or a mobile device then you cannot really use LiveKive for that.

The first 5 Gigabytes appear to be still free for everyone, even new users who sign up for the service now after the launch of the backup service.

Options to upgrade the account are presented to you in the account options after you have signed in on the LiveKive website.

avg livekive upgrade

You can increase the storage space to 25, 50 or unlimited Gigabytes at the moment. The unlimited option is a promotional subscription right now which will not be available forever. Prices for an upgrade are $49.99, $59.99 or $79.99 per year. Keep n mind that you only get 20 or 45 additional Gigabytes in the first two subscription plans.

If you compare the pricing with other online backup services such as Amazon CloudDrive, Dropbox or Sugarsync you will come to the conclusion that the 25 Gigabyte price is a bit on the high side, the 50 Gigabyte price about right and the unlimited price a bargain if you look only at the per Gigabyte pricing.

I have made a small chart that visualizes the storage costs at several popular online backup services (all prices per year)

online backup storage

The unlimited deal is a lot cheaper than the top of the line products offered by Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive or SugarSync. But there is a catch. If you open the Terms of Service you read under g) Fair Usage Policy.

The vast majority of AVG’s customers (that is more than 95%) of this online backup facility will not use the Services excessively. AVG will determine from time to time what is deemed excessive usage in relation to typical uses of the Services. Currently the usage range per customer is estimated well below 500GB of online storage space. This estimate is subject to periodic review based on future consumer behaviour and usage of the Services, and if amended, will be posted on the relevant AVG product specific webpage. In the event you chose an unlimited storage option for the AVG Paid Services, your usage of the Services if in excess of 500GB may at AVG’s sole discretion be subject to additional usage fees..

You effectively get 500 Gigabytes. After that it is up to AVG, they may charge you $15 for every 10 Gigabytes in exceed of that figure. (via)

AVG reserves the right to apply additional charges for your excessive usage of the AVG Paid Services which amounts to (the equivalent of) 15 USD per annum per 10 GB pro-rated for each month of excessive usage and/or to apply a Restriction.

It is not only about how much you can store online, but also about other factors like reliability, the software or speed.

New users who are not sure if LiveLive is the right service for them should sign up for a free account first to play around with the backup interface and service.

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  1. Rick said on April 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Can’t see why you wouldn’t just use skydrive – 25G free and you have a pretty good idea that they won’t be taking anything away from you or decide to charge you later.

    Unfortunately new entries into online storage don’t seem to understand the complete cost of offering free storage and have often had to go to a complete pay system or discontinue their service.

    Thanks for letting us know of another choice though; always good to know.

    1. wangxy said on April 8, 2011 at 4:27 am

      I believe LiveKive is a rebranded SpiderOak, which is definitely not a new entry in online storage solution. If you have experience in using SpiderOak, you will appreciate the great convenience of backing up and syncing any files/folders in any of your computers, which Skydrive, despite its free-of-charge 25GB offering, can not hold a candle to.

  2. Maria Arenillas said on April 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hi there. Thanks for this post on AVG LiveKive, a product that we at AVG are very excited about. We’re eager to find out what people think of AVG LiveKive, and we’re delighted that it’s creating such a buzz. However, we’d just like to point out that there are mobile clients available for LiveKive – in your post you suggest this may not be the case. For everything you need to know about AVG LiveKive, why not pay us a visit at http://www.facebook.com/avgfree. Thanks.

    Kind regards,

    Maria Arenillas
    Community Manager at AVG

  3. Armin Hirschberger said on April 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Thanks Maria, that’s useful info about backup solutions for mobile. I found out you also do antivirus for android – it’s on your site: http://www.avg.com/us-en/antivirus-for-android – do you have also any plans for iPhone protection software? I know it’s secure (somehow), but today you can’t be really sure that it will be always so. Cheers!

  4. Anonymous said on May 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    too many bugs one of which is not being able to get rid of it.
    if its optional where is the decline button?
    if you dont want to install it you have the question mark in your taskbar , how do you stop this from telling you you have a problem , when the only problem is livekive and family safety.
    no sorry im afraid this is a big no no for me i will not be forced into having something i neither need nor want. please advise

  5. Roman said on August 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the info. I found also zenok 21GB free backup service. I signed up at http://free.zenok.com/

  6. Franz said on September 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I would recommend using Iozeta unlimited online backup.

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