Baidu, one of China's biggest tech companies, launched a free 2TB cloud storage plan for home users nearly a decade ago and is now looking to do the same for the rest of the world with its Terabox brand.
The company recently announced that it is rolling out a referral program that expands its already massive 1TB (1024GB) free cloud storage offering to a maximum of 3TB.
The usefulness of this giveaway is questionable given that the additional 2TB of free cloud storage is only valid for 180 days. Although there is no fixed expiration date, we expect the data to be deleted once the 181st day is reached. Each activated referral brings 200 GB of data and each existing Terabox user can add up to 10 users.
(*2*)A decent actor
Such schemes have been around for cloud storage for years, especially in the early days when cloud storage was nascent. Box, Dropbox, and Onedrive have recruited millions of active users using this proven method.
A recording program is also available that provides 293 GB of data after one week; Terabox did not specify whether the two programs could run simultaneously to increase cloud storage capacity.
We recently reviewed Terabox and found that while there are trade-offs in terms of bandwidth throttling and file size limits, they are all reasonable trade-offs, which is why we give it a creditable 3,5/5 star rating. There is no native MacOS client, and the fact that the servers are located in mainland China may concern some potential users.
Terabox has been a resounding success outside of China, with over 35 million downloads on PC, iOS, and Android. The Company has confirmed that it reserves the right to withhold Referral Program Reward(s) in the event of fraud or other excluded circumstances.
For comparison, our current best cloud storage provider, iDrive (opens in a new tab), only charges $3.98 for the first year and offers 10TB of online cloud storage with support for unlimited of devices and a wide version of files. However, after the first year, you will be charged almost €80.