Everyone seems to be giving away free cloud-based storage with their smartphones these days: Buy an iPhone and it comes with iCloud, get a Windows Phone device and you get SkyDrive, and choose HTC and you’ll get free Dropbox storage. For those in the U.K., you can now get free storage on your Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone thanks to a new deal with Box.net.
The two companies have sealed a deal that provides all Xperia users with a whopping 50GB of free cloud-based storage that will allow you to store photos, music, videos, and more in a web-based locker accessible from any internet-connected device. That means you can upload the photo you’ve just taken on your device to your Box.net account, then sign in and access it on your computer.
After registering your Box.net account, the service is free “for life” for Xperia owners, and you have until the end of next year to download the Box.net application and get started.
Box.net cloud-based storage will only enhance the Ice Cream Sandwich experience for Sony Ericsson Xperia users, who are expected to get the Android 4.0 update in March 2012.
It’s unclear at this point why the offer isn’t available to Xperia users in other territories, but we’re hoping to see a similar service for those in the U.S. and the rest of the world soon.
Will you be taking advantage of free Box.net storage on your Xperia smartphone?
UPDATE: Sony Ericsson contacted us to say that the deal isn’t quite ready yet:
Clarification regrading Box for Android mobile app
On Monday afternoon, we mistakenly posted a promo offering Xperia™ owners 50GB of free storage via the Box for Android mobile app. While we’re really excited about working with Box down the road, this offer is not active today. We are in the midst of finalising the details of this promotion and are working to provide this offer very soon to all Xperia™ customers so stay tuned!
[via The Next Web]