Telstra offers 200GB of free OneDrive

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Telstra offers 200GB of free OneDrive

Telstra is offering customers a free 200GB subscription to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage platform.

The offer is only available to Telstra consumer customers with a pre-paid, mobile broadband or home broadband plan.

The offer, which starts today, makes it cheaper than buying from Microsoft direct. Microsoft charges $2 per month for 50GB, or $9 per month for 1TB bundled with Office 365.

It continues a long alliance between the national telco and the software and cloud vendor. Telstra originally had sole rights to sell Office 365 to small and medium businesses in an exclusive deal that was unwound in 2013.

OneDrive was last year the centre of controversy after Microsoft downgraded its OneDrive data limits, reducing storage for free accounts from 15GB to 5GB. Customers on "unlimited" plans were capped at 1TB after "a small number of users" exploited the system with massive backups.

Microsoft partially reversed this decision after the complaints by allowing free users to keep their 15GB limit if they signed up on Microsoft’s website before the end of January.

Microsoft’s cloud rival Amazon Cloud Storage charges US$59.99 for its unlimited plan. Dropbox only allows unlimited storage on business accounts, and Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Work both boast unlimited storage.

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