June 8, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
Samsung had worked out a nice little deal with Dropbox to offer 50GB of free storage space to its Galaxy S III owners. However, word recently came out today from Dropbox that two U.S. carriers have declined to offer the promotion for their users. While AT&T and Verizon were already outed by Dropbox, there’s no word on whether Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will similarly decline the promotion.
I can’t imagine not having this promotion will break an individual’s decision to purchase the smartphone, but it is disappointing to see Verizon and AT&T not offer it. Some see Dropbox as trying to exploit customers by enticing them with 50GB of free storage for two years, and then taking it away unless the customer pays. However, some see it is as a nice promotion from Samsung and Dropbox leaving it up to the customer to decide whether it is truly necessary or not.
Verizon and AT&T have not publicly stated why they are not allowing this promotion, but hopefully they come forward in the coming days.
As a student, I see this similar to how Amazon typically offers six months to a year of free Amazon Prime shipping to students. At the end of the year, you can either pay for Prime or discontinue it. At the very least, I get a year of free two day shipping among other perks. It would certainly be frustrating if some colleges did not allow it while others did.