Flickr, the popular photo-sharing app owned by search giant Yahoo, has both free and paid versions, but the service has a special gift for the holiday season. For a limited time -- there is no word on exactly when this will expire -- customers can grab three months of free unlimited storage.
Like anything that seems too good to be true, there are stipulations, but they are not overly burdensome. With that being said, let's look at exactly what you get if you take advantage of this.
First and foremost, much like mobile and cable providers in the United States, "unlimited" is not entirely unlimited. First, there is a 50 MB cap for photo size. Second, the web site explains that "During the Flickr Holiday Gift promotion, as long as you follow the Yahoo! Terms of Service and don't trigger our anti-abuse controls, you can use an unlimited amount of free photo storage."
The company also points out the following:
To avoid abuse of our unlimited storage, we do monitor accounts for excessive usage. Yahoo! limits the number and size of photos allowed from an account within a given timeframe. While our goal is to ensure that everyone benefits from unlimited storage, Flickr is not intended to be used as a content distribution network.
However, photo viewing is unlimited. After all, Flickr does want users to visit the site as often as possible. In addition, you can share your photos in up to 60 groups, download your originals whenever you need them and upload and play high-definition video.
Flickr Pro regularly costs $6.95 for a three month subscription or $24.95 for a one year membership. The free service limits users to 300 MB uploaded per month along with a few other restrictions.
If you were planning on upgrading then this is a great opportunity to try it out and see if you get enough use out of the service to make it worthwhile. For most users the free service will work just fine, but there is no reason not too take advantage of the offer and at least try it out.
Update: The holiday offer is over and the website has been pulled.
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