Free users of Dropbox know that they can increase the 2 Gigabyte of storage that they get when they sign up through referrals. When you refer someone else to Dropbox, a certain amount of Megabytes are added to your Dropbox storage. Up until now, you received 250 Megabytes for every referral to the cloud hosting service, and where capped at 8 Gigabytes of extra space.
Dropbox today announced that they have doubled up their referral system. Instead of receiving 250 Megabytes per referral, users now receive 500 Megabytes. And the storage cap has been raised accordingly from 8 Gigabytes to 16 Gigabytes.
You can raise the capacity of your Dropbox storage by 16 Gigabytes to a total of 18 Gigabytes if you refer 32 new users to the service.
Some users, students for instance, have already received the 500 Megabytes of extra storage per referral.
What about existing users who already have referred others to the service? Dropbox will automatically adjust the ratio accordingly. If you have referred 10 users until now, your extra free space of 2.5 Gigabytes will be automatically raised in the next days to 5 Gigabytes. No questions asked.
Pro accounts, that is paid accounts, get 1 Gigabyte per referral.
Visit the referral page on Dropbox after logging in to the service. Here you see your direct referral link, and options to invite contacts by email address, all contacts of email providers like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail, or friends on Facebook or Twitter.
I personally would not use the invite by email option as you need to enter your account email and password in the form on the Dropbox site. The invite email addresses may take a bit longer but is more secure in this regard.
Existing users can check out their referral status on this page. It lists the users that have been referred by you to Dropbox, and their status. Dropbox differentiates between invitations, joined, and completed. This page lists the new bonus space that you have received thanks to the referrals already, while the main Dropbox page and app currently do not.
This move has been long overdue, as competition in the cloud hosting and syncing space is heating up. With Google rumored to enter with GSpace, and other big players like Microsoft or Amazon already providing services, it will be difficulty for Dropbox to keep up the momentum. Changes like the one announced today help in this regard. Now if they would only raise the basic free space from 2 Gigabytes to a more competitive level.
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