Are You Sunk? Alternatives to SugarSync

Cloud StorageOn December 10th SugarSync announced to the world they were moving to a paid model effective February 8, 2014, stating “Making this change is something we’ve planned for a while. It will allow us to serve you better and add features that will help SugarSync users get more from the service.” As part of their offer to their current free plan users they are offering a 75% discount on any annual plan – $18.75 for the 1st year for 60GB of storage. That’s a very generous offer but after year one the minimum cost goes up to $74/year for the minimum amount of 60GB of storage. For those who use a minimal amount of storage that becomes very expensive. At this point SugarSync has said nothing about offering a small amount of storage for those lite users.

Since this announcement has caused a lot of buzz amongst current lite users many are scrambling to find other alternatives to cloud storage that will keep their costs down. Here are some of the alternatives:

Dropbox

Features:

    • Ability to access files directly from Dropbox website
    • iPhone, iPad and Android supported
    • Windows, Mac and Linux supported
    • One month archived backup history

Price:

Dropbox: 2GB free storage. Additional free space is available by taking advantage of the following:

Referrals – 500MB each up to 16GB

Tweeting about Dropbox – 125MB

Managing your email with Mailbox for iOS – 1GB

Dropbox Pro: 100GB, 200GB and 500GB plans starting at $9.99 per month.       

Copy

Features:

    • Ability to send larges files quickly and easily
    • Ability to electronically sign documents (5 with free plan, unlimited with Pro plan)
    • iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Mobile supported
    • Windows, Mac and Linux supported

Price:

Free: 15GB of storage. Referrals – 5GB of extra storage per referral. Currently they offer unlimited referrals.

Pro: 250GB and 500GB available starting at $9.99 per month.Cloud Storage Options

SkyDrive

Features:

    • Already built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 systems
    • iPhone, iPad and Android supported
    • Windows, Mac and Linux supported
    • Works together with Microsoft Office 2013. Documents created in older versions of Microsoft Office can be accessed, worked and shared by signing into Skydrive through your browser then using Office Web Apps
    • Ability to edit online at same time as others
    • Free note taking app available for download on mobile devices.

Price:

Free Storage: Starts with 7GB with the ability to upgrade to 25GB if you held a Skydrive account prior to the April 2012 relaunch. They offer no referral bonuses.

Paid Options: 20GB, 50GB, 100GB and 200GB plans available starting at $10 per month

Box

Features:

    • Ability to send large files quickly and easily
    • Post and reply to comments for any file
    • Conduct discussions around any folder.
    • Notification when someone has viewed, edited or commented on a file
    • iPhone, iPad and Android supported
    • Windows and Mac supported

Price:

Free: 10GB storage with 250MB upload size. No referral plan is offered but Box occasionally offers 50GB for new users through their Facebook page.

Paid Option: 100GB for $10 per month

Whether you’re new to cloud storage or looking to make a switch from SugarSync, make sure your choice fits your needs. Take the time to review the options available so you can make a smart and sound decision that’s right for you.

Get In On the Discussion: Are you currently using cloud storage for your personal or business use? If you are which company are you using and why? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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Barbara Goldberg

Business Operations Strategist at Back On Track Solutions
With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

With over 15 years of corporate experience within Fortune 500 companies, Barbara Goldberg now brings world-class customer service to the small business community. An avid sports fan, Barbara likens her passion, focus and strategy to a crew chief guiding a race car driver to the finish line. Barbara will analyze, evaluate, distill and then solve the problems challenging business owners, allowing them to get back on track to servicing customers.

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  • Hi Barbara, I am a paid user of SugarSync and I must say it is hard to switch from them. I still think they should have kept the free user option.

    The only possible contenders (by performance and features):

    1. Dropbox
    2. Skydrive (I think there is a file upload limitation too on skydrive)
    3. Google Drive 

    ….. then others. 

    Copy is good for cold storage but they still need to work on their UX and UI. 🙂

  • Barbara Goldberg

    ruhanirabin Do you think that Copy’s UX and UI make a difference to a non techie using it?

  • Barbara Goldberg I think it does 🙂 DropBox is popular not only because their service is good.. it is also because it is so very simple 🙂

  • Barbara Goldberg

    Thanks ruhanirabin for the feedback!

  • Zee12

    Hi Barbara, I am a free user of Sugarsync, and I can say even though Sugarsync has had its’ fair share of problems, it was pretty much the best file storage system out there that can selectively sync. First ZumoDrive got taken offline and now Sugarsync has become a paid for system. It has become very difficult for those of us without much money to sync their files across multiple computers.
    As I much prefer a sync system to that of dropbox, I am probably go for either CX, Mediafire or Box.
    Although Box and Mediafire do not have version History, I do not have much of a choice.

  • Barbara Goldberg

    Zee12  Have you tried Copy? You can get your files to selectively sync by creating a shortcut to the folder you want to sync. Any time you save a file to that folder the file will also me able to be found in the same folder on Copy.

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