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Free cloud storage , October 2018 review

Free cloud storage plans ranked by feature on each tab, table with all features at the end for side-to-side comparison.

1.-Mega Free - 50 GB *
What's the catch ? Bandwidth is severely limited overall (upload/download) *, on average ~ 1 GB every 6 hours. So forget about uploading/downloading files larger than 1 GB and large files in general. It will take you on average 12.5 days to upload 50 GB (4 GB per day) and another 12.5 days to download 50 GB, so plan is useful only for small files and limited traffic.

2.-Google Drive - 15 GB *
What's the catch ? Space is shared with two other Google services: GMail and Google Photos *. If you make heavy use of storage with Gmail or Google Photos you may not have much free space left for Google Drive.

3.-PCloud Basic - 10 GB *, upgradable to 20 GB; 1 GB for each friend invite and other actions like completing profile *.
What's the catch ? Bandwidth is limited to 50 GB of download traffic per month *, fairly easy to surpass download limit with a few large files or popular small files, so plan is only useful for limited traffic.

4.-Box Individual - 10 GB *
What's the catch ? Bandwidth is limited to 10 GB of download traffic per month *. So extremely easy to surpass download limit with a few files -- which are also limited to a maximum 250 MB per file * -- so plan is useful only for very limited traffic with small files.

5.-Sync Starter - 5 GB *, upgradable with 1 GB for each friend invite * and other actions like completing profile *.
What's the catch ? Nothing, although free storage is among the lowest of all free providers. Bandwidth is unlimited *.

6.-Microsoft OneDrive - 5 GB *
What's the catch ? Nothing, although free storage is among the lowest of all free providers. Bandwidth is unlimited.
Notable mention: With the purchase of Office 365, OneDrive gets 1 TB (1024 MB) of storage *. So if you're a heavy Office user (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) with the purchase of Office 365 OneDrive gets 200 times the space.

7.-Apple iCloud - 5 GB *
What's the catch ? Nothing, although it should be obvious this provider targets certain 'brand' and OS devices, even though there's a Windows application to access it. Bandwidth is unlimited.

8.-Dropbox Basic - 2 GB *, upgradable to 19 GB; 500 MB for each friend invite and other actions like completing profile *.
What's the catch ? Bandwidth limited to 20 GB a day *, while bandwidth is generous compared to other free plans, don't expect service if one of your files goes viral on social media. Useful if you don't plan on sharing large files or files with more than a couple of dozen users.

Notable mention - Amazon Drive - 5 GB and unlimited photos.
What's the catch ? When you purchase an Amazon prime membership, you also get 5 GB of cloud storage for videos, music and any other type of file, as well as unlimited storage for photos. If you're interested in other Amazon services (e.g. free two-day shipping, free access to select movies, TV shows, music & ebooks) then a prime membership can be a good deal that includes this free cloud storage.

Free cloud storage feature table for files, photos and videos

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Provider.Plan Categories Storage limit Download limit Bandwidth limit Versioning & history File size limit Share files Share folders Comments Access tools Streaming Price Syncing / Automatic uploads
Provider.Plan Categories Storage limit Download limit Bandwidth limit Versioning & history File size limit Share files Share folders Comments Access tools Streaming Price Syncing / Automatic uploads
Dropbox Basic 1 3 4 5 2 free 2 GB* [1] [2]  100,000/day* [1]  20 GB/day*  [1]  30 days* [1]  Unlimited & 20 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  With a link or other dropbox.com users*  [1]  With a link or other dropbox.com users*  [1]  Overall file or specific parts* [1] [2]  Standard browser (via dropbox.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone & Kindle Fire[1] [2] [3]  15 minute limit on dropbox.com, unlimited on native apps*  [1]  On desktop apps, mobile apps & also camera shots*  [1] [2] [3] 
Mega Free 1 5 2 free 50 GB[1]  Unlimited* [1]  ~1 GB / 6 hours (Upload & Download)* [1]  No[1] [2]  Unlimited[1]  With an encrypted key link* [1] [2]  With other Mega account users only* [1] [2]  No Standard browser (via mega.nz) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux & mobile devices with Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1] [2] [3]  Unlimited* [1]  With desktop apps & mobile apps* [1] 
Sync Starter 1 2 5 free 5 GB* [1] [2] [3]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited* [1]  Unlimited[1]  With a link or other sync.com users*  [1] [2]  With a link or other sync.com users*  [1] [2]  No Standard browser (via sync.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  No
PCloud Basic 1 5 2 free 10 GB* [1] [2]  Unlimited* [1]  50 GB / month (Download)* [1]  30 days[1]  Unlimited[1]  With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  No Standard browser (via my.pcloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3] [4] Unlimited (With add-on)* [1] 
Google Drive 1 5 2 free 15 GB*  [1] [2]  Unlimited* [1]  750 MB/hour - 1250 MB/day (Download) | 300 MB/hour - 500 MB/day (Upload)*   [1]  Unlimited* [1]  5 TB or less for Google Docs related files* [1]  With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  No (Yes, if converted to Google docs)*  [1]  Standard browser (via drive.google.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  Unlimited* [1] 
Box Individual 1 5 2 free 10 GB* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  10 GB / month* [1]  No[1]  250 MB[1] [2]  With a link (expiration option available)[1]  With a link (expiration option available)[1]  Yes[1]  Standard browser (via box.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1]  No
Microsoft OneDrive 1 5 free 5 GB* [1] 
Apple iCloud 1 5 2 3 4 free 5 GB* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  1000 photos per hour, 10000 photos per day, 25000 photos per month* [1]  No[1]  15 GB[1]  With a link (password available)[1]  No[1]  Yes[1] [2]  Standard browser (via icloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac & iOS[1]  No* [1]  Free[1] 
Flickr Free 1 2 3 4 free 1 TB* [1] [2]  Unlimited Unlimited* [1] [2]  No 200 MB (Photos) & 1 GB (Videos)* [1]  With a link* [1] [2]  With an album, which is a collection of files* [1] [2]  Overall file* [1]  Standard browser (via flickr.com) and native apps for Android and iOS[1]  3 minute limit* [1]  With email* [1] [2] 
Google Photos 1 3 4 2 free Unlimited or 15 GB*   [1] [2] [3]  Unlimited* [1]  750 MB/hour - 1250 MB/day (Download) | 300 MB/hour - 500 MB/day (Upload)*   [1]  Unlimited* [1]  75 MB or 100 megapixels (Photos) and 10 GB (Videos)[1]  With a link[1]  With a link[1]  Yes[1] [2]  Standard browser (via photos.google.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1]  Unlimited* 
Youtube Standard 1 4 free Unlimited*  [1] [2]  0 (Only viewing is unlimited)*   Unlimited*  No 15 minutes (Unconfirmed account) & 128 GB (Confirmed account)* [1]  With a link*  [1]  With a playlist, which is a collection of videos* [1]  Overall video* [1]  Standard browser (via youtube.com) and native apps for Android and iOS[1]  Unlimited

Free cloud storage feature table for applications

Provider.Plan Categories vCPU RAM Server type CPU Credits Dedicated bandwidth to disk drives (EBS) Local storage
Provider.Plan Categories vCPU RAM Server type CPU Credits Dedicated bandwidth to disk drives (EBS) Local storage
Amazon T2.micro server (EC2) Free-tier 1 6 free 1 vCPU[1]  1 GiB[1]  General Purpose[1]  6 CPU Credits / hour[1] [2]  No[1]  No* [1]