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Dropbox to Lay Down the Law, Removing Free 23GB Upgrades from Users Who Used HTC Trickery App

When HTC unveiled the One series of phones, they also announced a partnership with Dropbox, that would enable owners of these new phones to upgrade their accounts to 25GB (basically a free 23GB since 2GB is free to everyone else). It’s a solid selling point, especially with the way cloud storage is blowing up these days. Who doesn’t need more storage?

Unfortunately for Dropbox and HTC, the dev community got ahold of a One X early and found a way to give everyone 23GB of free space without actually owning an HTC phone. (No, we aren’t surprised by this move.) The method was as simple as installing an .apk file and then reaping the benefits. Everyone was running around with 25GB of premium Dropbox space. Well, not for long.

Dropbox took to their forum to announce that anyone who used this method to obtain free space, will have that space removed. In fact, some may have noticed their extra storage capacity has already been dropped. Laying down the law.

Via:  Dropbox

Cheers FortitudineVincimus!

  • Ryan C

    What if they had already filled the space beyond what they originaly had? How could they remove the space without deleting the users files?

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    I said the dark side of Android users. As in: the dicks who do stuff like this. Not everyone of course. There’s just some people in this camp that are pathetic. They think that just because the platform is open source that they’re entitled to every app, every service, every perk for free even if it doesn’t apply to them. The ones who take pride in stealing apks. Overall, Android users probably spend less on apps than iPhone users ever will. Almost everything good in the market is already free! Everything on iOS costs money. Instead of relishing in this fact, theyll just download the apk.

    • Droiddfan

      of course I’hoes spend more on apps, like %30 of apps are free in crapple store, play has a ton of free apps compared to them, like almost %50, and more variations of them to choose from. Go get an apple device if you enjoy being a slave to apple. I pay for apps in p;ay , the good ones, like games and apps, not movies or music witch you can get for free, unlike it is in the crapple store

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I’m glad they enforced their rules, shows they mean business.

  • RobMorris

    Wonder if the people running the HTC one x based rom on rezound will keep it

  • trumpet444

    I personally think they should’ve canceled the cheaters’ accounts all together. Stealing is stealing

  • Justfarted

    I just farted.

    • trumpet444

      You are a trashy troll. Stop posting stupid crap on this website

      • Justfarted

        I’m dedicating my next fart to you.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    All you guys hating on those that did this I bet you love it when a dev exploits the phones weakness so you can root and unlock the bootloader or extricates a single app from a system and releases it to the wild and all those shenanigans.. but taking advantage of this was waaaay not cool.. meh please.. friggen hypocrites

  • http://twitter.com/astone21 Alan Stone

    Loving some of these comments, as one of the people who used the apk have no complaints with them taken the 23gb off me, was worth a try, am wondering if all the people who are saying how evil I am for trying it are as good as they’re making out, very much doubt it!

    • trumpet444

      I didn’t try it. It never crossed my mind. And no, I don’t think you are evil, but you were a little dishonest. But then again, we all are at some point in our lives. We are human, after all. The problem comes when we make a habit out of being dishonest and feel no remorse for it. Only then can you be accused of being evil

      • TheOiulkj

         cool story bro

        • Noyfb

          I don’t hate you for being smart enough to do that, and it’s not breaking the law. Why not just give all HTC owners the same deal? Why be dicks and cause more fragmentation with devices? 

    • Warez My Gun

       And here we see the danger of the internet… how many jackholes here are condemning users for “stealing” by using this apk file, when many found that this was possible when using the OS of the One that had been ported for their device? They didn’t switch to that ROM to steal storage they just wanted to run 4.0.3 (or wdevicehatever it is up to now) and this just came with it. I was on a port and would have made it around to trying out the gag had I not read all of the press about dropbox being ticked. Oh, and for the record which non HTC phone got ICS ported to their device?

  • M.Spit

    Since we are talking about drop box, if there’s any new users I would appreciate some referral help to take advantage of new double size promo. We both can get extra 500mb. The monkespit thanks you!
    Use this referral link please
    http://db.tt/Miz2AEU

    • FortitudineVincimus

      why not setup Google AdWords and earn all your free space in 12 hours for about $10.. oh wait, I bet some will say that is not cool since they were just arbitrary people clicking your ads and installing and you getting credit – not someone you really referred it to. Like I care. Anyway, Google this method. I got all 8GB worth of referrals in less than 12 hours and it cost me $10 – so yeah, I even PAID to get the referrals.

  • Ramon Toscano

    Well technically I will keep my 25gb because i have sense 4, on my rezound :D

    • tryptech

      Same. Sense 4 on my DInc2

      • Derek Gelinas

        Which rom are you running?  I thought all the ICS Sense 4 roms were crazy unstable.

        • tryptech

          Yeah, they’re not suitable as daily drivers. That’s why I have mine on boot manager.

          But I’m running opensense on DInc2. It’s stable enough for me to tinker with in boot manager and stable enough for me to get the extra 23 gigs

  • DirtyDroidX

    Yep add me to the list of taken away space.

  • Shindo107

    Analogy: Say you opened up a new restaurant. You want to sent out an advertisement of some sort. You figure that if you send your ad out with a deadbolt key to the restaurant, people won’t try to use that key. Well, people got curious and tried out the key. Now dropbox is changing the locks.

    dropbox fail, I say. I think the moral is – don’t send keys out with advertisements

    • GooGooFruit

      Bad analogy, but still a dropbox fail.

  • gorkon

    They deserve to not only lose the space but to have their account suspended altogether.  I am glad I didn’t see this as I am sure I would have been tempted to do this….

    • Beefcake

      so you are coming down on the people who did it, but saying you would have done the same thing…… U confused Bro?

      • gorkon

        No I said I’d have been tempted..I wouldn’t have done it.

        • Balls

           i would have done it

          • trumpet444

            Your handle and comment just screams class. On your way to the polo match I presume?

  • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

    It would be funny as hell if people has some files deleted when the hammer came down.

    • Joe

      What they did wasn’t laying down the law – THAT would be laying down the law! LOL

  • Lookitsben01

    love Dropbox and would have done it if it were permanent free space but it only lasts a little while then goes back to your previous amount. not necessarily entitlement that would have made me do it. sort of like using a coupon code. I didn’t buy whatever magazine or subscribe to some email that sends me 30 emails a week and then sells my email to price hashi so I can help him reclaim his bank account but I still google “whatever product/site” coupon code before I buy something.

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    I’m so happy when people who circumvent the system get f’ed.

    • Joe

       Well they didn’t really get “effed” – that would imply that they actually lost something, like if Dropbox completely killed their accounts or something.  Those who tried it really lost nothing in the deal, so I guess to them it was worth a shot.  Didn’t pan out (not a surprise) but they gave it a go!

    • Jimbob

      Ever rooted a phone? Welcome to the club

      • trumpet444

        Not exactly the same thing. Rooting a phone is equivalent to modifying the engine of YOUR car. You aren’t circumventing anything. You are doing what you want with what you own. Rooting a phone is not stealing from or hurting anyone. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    Just another case of the entitlement complex that is the dark side of Android users. :/

    • gorkon

      NOT ALL Android users…. :-P

    • Jimbob

      You think entitlement is synonymous with android? wtf. Ever taken a look at the apple camp? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

        I said the dark side of Android users. As in: the dicks who do stuff like this. Not everyone of course. There’s just some people in this camp that are pathetic. They think that just because the platform is open source that they’re entitled to every app, every service, every perk for free even if it doesn’t apply to them. The ones who take pride in stealing apks. Overall, Android users probably spend less on apps than iPhone users ever will. Almost everything good in the market is already free! Everything on iOS costs money. Instead of relishing in this fact, theyll just download the apk.

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          It isn’t an Android user thing. It is life. The people that do it are that same people that have been pirating music, games, movies, etc…And to be completely honest, if I had heard about it I would have tried it. 

    • trumpet444

      there’s an entitlement complex to a portion of all demographics 

  • David Becker

    Sign up for Dropbox with my referral link and get an extra 500 MB right away!
    http://db.tt/VSohxMu

  • http://www.ericschuetz.com Eric Schuetz

    It is sad that individuals did this, but come on!  Box.com gave EVERY ANDROID USER a whopping 50GB’s free just for having the app installed…on ANY Android device.  Maybe Dropbox should look at this consideration, especially when Minus gives 10GB’s free right at sign up.  Plus, considering Google is planning to release a 5gb cloud storage service this year….Dropbox has the lowest amount of storage space among the competition.

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      Then why not use Box? The more space they give people, the less pressure people feel to buy space. They have to make their money too :/

      • gorkon

        No syncing on Box…

        • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

          How is it no syncing?  I put something in my box from the desktop browser, it’s in my Android app?  What kind of syncing are you referring to?

    • JosephMoreno

      But Box doesn’t do desktop sync free, something important to many users.

      • MKader17

        More like “crucial”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

      You sure about that? I thought it was only LG android devices, and there was a similar hack apk to enable it.

      • gorkon

        Yes I am sure.  It was all on the Box.net thing.  I got it and all  I had to do was install the app.

    • Will Borkowski

      You are also forgetting about the UNLIMITED online storage that Bitcasa offers free (during beta)… When it goes live it will only be $10/month UNLIMITED…

    • http://twitter.com/wh1te_mag1c John Doe

      Box.com is terrible, at least the free version. It’s lacking some very basic functionality. It has literally nothing on Dropbox. You can’t even download entire folders (on the free version), only one file at a time. Also, no desktop integration like Dropbox’s. Finally, iirc, there was a small file size limit as to the biggest file you could upload to Box.com. So.. where’s the convenience? What are the 50gb good for?

  • Lfre212

    dang… How did I miss this freemium…smh. I gotta move faster.

  • Phil Stout

    Who was the idiot that said “Duh! all we need to do is create a new apk file for the one’s who get the 25GB. No need for a key or lock!”

    • Schoat333

      I’m wondering the same thing.

    • http://twitter.com/Drweird13 Brian McCann

      Probably an iPhone developer.

    • Spunker88

       They could have at least did a build.prop check for HTC, although this could be faked by rooted users.

  • http://twitter.com/BodaciousBryce Bryce

    I always imagine the Android community like this when something new and/or free comes out, replace the chocolate for whatever the subject at hand is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmu6by_vVh0 

  • Kris Brandt

    Not surprised.  The Android Community isn’t exactly known to show restraint.  If its an exploit, they’d exploit it until the well runs dry.

  • Jason Purp

    I’m surprised that I’m not one of the people who did this. I guess I was too lazy.

  • Jordan Webb

    Good. Was a pretty low thing to do.