Amazon offers free online storage to Android phone buyers

Order an Android phone and you'll get 50GB of cloud storage in return.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Want a little reward for your next Android smartphone purchase? Amazon is tempting buyers with a promise of free Cloud Drive storage.

As part of its latest Cloud Drive promotion, the retail giant is doling out 50GB worth of free storage in return for buying select Android smartphones. The list of qualifying phones stretches out to five pages and includes the latest devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and other vendors, so you're likely to find the brand and model that you want.

There is a catch, though. Yes, there's always a catch.

Your free 50GB of space is good for one year only. Your online files won't be deleted after the year is up, but you'll need to renew and pay for a Cloud Drive subscription to access them. The annual rate for 50GB is $25.

Amazon offers 5GB worth of free Cloud Drive space to anyone needing online storage. Paid options run from 20GB for $10 a year to 1TB for $500 a year. You can access that space from your PC, as well as your iOS or Android device.

(Via 9to5Google)

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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