Perfect For Classroom Collaboration: Box.net To Offer 50GB Free Online Storage

iCloud is up and running (for the most part) and it allows all users to have 5GB of free storage in the Apple cloud. The trouble with that? Most of us fill up that much storage in a few days or weeks. If you plan on using cloud services to collaborate with others (whether it be students, teachers, whatever) then you’re going to need more than a few gigabytes of storage.

That’s where the latest Box.net promotion comes in. They’re offering 50GB free to all users in order to stay relevant draw people away from using other cloud services like iCloud and Dropbox. The 50GB deal isn’t live yet (as of this writing) but it’s worth setting up a free account to try out. Just like Dropbox and iCloud, this cloud storage space will be yours forever and always completely free, no strings attached.

Here’s more details from 9to5mac:

You can use your Box.net storage to keep your photos, documents, music, videos and other personal assets safe in the cloud, for easy access anywhere there’s network connection, saving local storage space on your device. The Box.net for iOS client can be downloaded for free here (iPad screenies below).

How To Get It

To claim your free storage beginning tomorrow (10/14/11), just use the client to log in to your account or register for a new one directly from the app. Don’t underestimate the power of marketing: Box.net did the same 50GB thing with Hewlett-Packard and folks were buying TouchPads to claim their free Box.net account – at least until HP shuttered webOS.

When To Get It

You gotta hurry because the promotion starts at 12:01am PST on Friday and runs for only 50 days. What’s best, the 50GB free allotment is valid everywhere there is Box.net, not just on iOS devices. Box.net also updated its iOS client with new features, including AirPlay wireless streaming of photos, videos, presentations and other assets.

What It Doesn’t Cost

Box.net recently announced integration with Google Docs. The company has emerged as a rival to Dropbox, which is renowned as the most popular cloud storage provider. Given that a 50GB Dropbox account costs ten bucks a month and a 50GB iCloud upgrade will set you back a hundred bucks a year, Box.net’s offering is a no-brainer, especially with the iOS 5 + iCloud combo mainstreaming free cloud storage for the millions of iOS users worldwide.