Following the release of iOS 8 a couple of days ago and of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus today, Microsoft has made the interesting move of doubling its free storage offer for its file hosting service, OneDrive.
Last July, free OneDrive storage was increased by Microsoft to 15GB. Now, the company is giving you the chance to get twice as much free OneDrive storage through its limited-time offer.
Between now and the end of the month, download the official iOS app of OneDrive, sign in to or sign up for OneDrive, and activate the automatic camera roll backup. And just like that, you get an additional 15GB of free storage on top of the 15GB base, for a total of 30GB.
“For those getting ready to install iOS8, this means you won’t have to delete a bunch of photos or apps to make room for the upgrade,” Microsoft notes. “For those buying a new phone, it means you can take all the high resolution photos and videos you want without worrying about the amount of storage you have.”
This may also be an enterprising move on the part of Microsoft to attract customers away from Apple’s recently launched iCloud-based file hosting service, iCloud Drive, whose premium pricing starts at $0.99 a month for 20GB. OneDrive’s starts at $1.99 a month for 100GB.
Note that the app may indicate only an extra 3GB of storage when prompting you to enable camera roll backup. Just turn on the feature regardless and you’ll get Microsoft’s promised 15GB of additional free storage.