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No, you're not dreaming, the Nexus 4 really has been on sale in the Play Store for over 2 weeks straight with no supply issues. We know that in the last couple of weeks, more people have probably picked it up than in the last couple of months, and that means there are a whole lot of new Nexus users out there. One of the big promotions that Box.net started running back in November still applies though, and everyone with a new LG device -- including the Nexus 4 -- can take advantage of 50GB of free storage just for downloading the app and logging in.

Stick around after the break and check out a few of the high points of the Box app, and see if it's worth a shot to get some free storage.

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Although the Box app hasn't been updated in a while, that doesn't mean that it's lacking in features compared to the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox. The app is feature-complete with everything you'd want for managing your files in cloud storage. You actually have a main interface very similar to that of Dropbox, with a listing of all files and folders available and an action bar at the bottom with extra features. That bottom bar lets you access the settings, create folders and upload photos, audio, video and just raw files directly from in the app.

When you do go to upload -- either from the app or from a sharing intent somewhere else -- you get a notification of how many files are uploading. If you tap into it you'll get a breakdown of the time remaining, which files are actively being uploaded and the ability to cancel or retry failed items. There's a simple long-press UI that lets you download, move, delete and share files directly from the main screen. This mode also lets you perform any of those actions on multiple files, which is nice for when you need to "clean house" on your storage.

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The only possible limitation here for some will be individual file upload size limits, which are set at 250MB a piece. Some other services don't have restrictions on file size, but it's hard to fault Box.net for this. It's understandable that with free accounts it'd limit users from taking up serious amounts of bandwidth moving large files around. There has to be a tradeoff somewhere, and this is it for Box. Luckily if you're interested in even more storage, personal paid accounts have this limit increased to 1GB per file.

It's hard to find something in the Box.net app and service that would turn anyone away. And when new Nexus 4 users can have 50GB of storage for free (instead of 5GB for everyone else), there's a whole lot to like here. The quality app and ample free storage could be enough to make some people consider switching over to the service as a primary storage solution. For those of us still entrenched with another, there's no reason not to take advantage of the free storage for a secondary or backup account.

 

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New Nexus 4? Be sure to try out Box with 50GB of free storage

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I just did it a few days ago with my gs3 and my buddy did it with his gnex. You don't have to have any specific phone. Just find the link and sign up. You can't just sign up from the app. Won't work that way.

50gb is great and all but the box app is buggy and tends to freeze a lot. contacted developers and no reply. i think ill stick with drop box for now

Use the file explorer app called Solid Explorer. It works great with cloud storage services. You can add your cloud accounts to the app, which allows you to drag/drop from Box directly to your device.

I'm not usually one to stare a gift-horse in the mouth, but the Box Sync application for PC is abysmal too. Took me half a day to get it fixed and working, and it created GIGABYTES of log files in the process.

And by "working" I mean it isn't crashing anything any more... but it's not uploading my files either (90 hrs remaining?).

Box isn't even a great cloud storage service. Sure you can get 50GB of space but I believe their max file size is 200MB.

So sure it is always nice to have it kicking around, I have a 50GB account from the HP touchpad days, but I rarely use it.

The limit is 250MB for free account. It's good for me because I have a lot of files that don't even hit that limit; but, if I really want, I can use a file compression program and split up big files into a set of smaller files, and upload them to Box in pieces. So yeahhhhhh.

Technically it's 1.2 MB because you can only have 40,000 files. And it starts having a hissy-fit at about 10,000.

Waiting on my Nexus 4 in the mail, when it comes ill be sure to sign in and try my 50GB of cloud storage!!!!

This is no longer an LG Only promotion... That promotion ended December 31st. Now it's available to anyone who joins Box with a new account gets 50 Gb free.