Sony Ericsson announced in a press release yesterday that it has struck a deal with Box.net to provide all Xperia smartphone users in the U.K. with 50GB worth of cloud-based storage completely free. If you’ve attempted to sign up for the offer, however, you’d have already noticed that it isn’t quite ready yet.
Those who quickly downloaded the Box.net application and registered for the service after reading the news yesterday have discovered that the 50GB of free storage promised by Sony Ericsson is nowhere to be seen. That’s because the offer is yet to go live, and the company posted the press release early accidentally.
In a post on Sony Ericsson’s Product Blog, Mattias Holm said the company is still finalizing the details of the promotion and that the offer is not yet active:
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!
To me, the phrase “in the midst of finalizing the details” suggests that the offer is still a long while away from launch yet, unless the two companies are going to get things wrapped up pretty rapidly. It’s nice to know, however, that the offer is indeed genuine.
What’s unclear is whether those who registered for the service yesterday will automatically receive their 50GB of online storage, or whether they’ll have to open up a new Box.net account to redeem it. We’re expecting Sony Ericsson to clarify details like this when the offer does go live.
Have you already registered for your 50GB of Box.net storage?