The Tech-pert: 10GB of Free Online Storage from PogoPlug
Pogoplug is getting into the cloud business.
In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, the company makes cool gizmos that let you plug ordinary USB hard drives and flash drives into your router, thereby turning them into network- and Web-accessible storage. Now, however, Pogoplug is staking its claim in Dropbox and SugarSync territory, offering online storage for your photos, music, videos, documents, and the like. Best of all, you can get started without spending a dime: Pogoplug offers free 5GB cloud accounts to anyone with an e-mail address.
But, wait, it gets better: From now through November 16, you can get a free 10GB Pogoplug account, no strings attached, for life. Well, okay, there’s one tiny string: you have to sign up for a CNET account (which is free and harmless).
The core idea behind Pogoplug is to let you stream and share your media with ease. For example, you can automatically upload photos and videos from your smartphone to your Pogoplug account, then share those items with friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
You can also stream music, photos, and videos to your phone and other devices (pretty much anything with a Web browser). Pogoplug offers free apps for Android and iOS devices.
I’ve been fiddling with the service and its apps for the last couple days, and I like what I’m seeing so far. The iOS app is particularly solid, offering an easy way to back up (and share) the photos and movies you’ve captured on your device. On those merits alone, Pogoplug is worth having.
The desktop tool, used to choose files you want to sync with your account, can be confusing, if only because it’s not immediately obvious how to choose folders for syncing. (The software does invite you to drag and drop any files you want to upload, which is very easy, but that’s not the same as setting up a folder sync.) Also, it doesn’t show you the status of your uploads, a major oversight.
If you need more than 10GB of storage, Pogoplug will soon offer premium accounts: 50GB for $9.95 per month, 100GB for $19.95. Those are some steep rates, though not too out of line with the competition. Personally, I’m liking the freebie account, which gives me the perfect backup solution for my iPhone snapshots and videos.
In any case, it’s 10GB of free online storage. Don’t pass it up!
Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently, “How to Do Everything: Palm Pre.” Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog.