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Verizon and AT&T Opt Out of 50GB Dropbox Promo for Samsung’s Galaxy S3 (Updated)

When Samsung announced the Galaxy SIII in London, they mentioned that the phone would come with 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, adding to its appeal. When announced stateside though, there wasn’t a mention of the promo from any of the carriers, but we just assumed that it was still a go. And then today, a Dropbox moderator mentioned specifically to a member of their forums that AT&T and Verizon had opted out of the deal. The member was asking for help because they were not seeing the free storage appear after purchasing the phone, yet did not specify the version, and that’s when this moderator chimed in with the opting out stuff. 

Update:  According to an official Dropbox support page, this is indeed true – Verizon and AT&T have opted out of the 50GB promo.

Not sure how that affects your decision to purchase this phone, but do understand that after 2 years, we weren’t even sure what was going to happen to that storage. This isn’t a free 50GB of storage for life type of thing, unless Dropbox decides later on that it should be. It was like a 2-year test drive. It would have been a nice add-on, but there are so many cloud storage services out there at this point, that you should be able to survive.

We still have word in to VZW, Dropbox, and Samsung, so if we hear something different, we’ll be sure to pass it on.

Via:  Dropbox Forums

Cheers Jim!

  • Andrew Davis

    AT&T and Verizon opted out. My God, I wish US Cell carriers weren’t such pigs. Evil, greedy bastards that nickle-and-dime their customers, sitting back squeezing the bandwidth sponge every once in a while. I wish some brilliant new competitor would crash in and flip the whole US cell phone market on its head.

  • CHS

    Verizon has their own “Backup Plus” service that they sell to people who are too stupid to install google drive on their own.

  • Robert Hicks

    It’s a huge disappointment, however, I have 64 gigs setting right here next to me in a Pogoplug that works just great for uploading/download to the phone while I am away. I’m a Dropbox whore but the Pogo will work just fine when my 10gb Dropbox is full.

  • It will be a pain for some who use to keep their files on cloud..
    There could be a few who might be considering the DropBox promo as one of the reasons to buy Galaxy S III.

  • Who needs temporary space anyway? What a tease.

  • SatyaChowdary

    Verizon and AT&T have little competition around… which allows to get away with all these anti customer policies….

  • JWR

    Same old collusion, different device

  • Immolate

    No serious phone person is going to based their choice of phone or carrier on temporary storage space from a third party. Of course no serious person is going to fly into a spit-flecked rage over it either. Think of the small furry creatures of the forest who are suffering because of your anger.

  • Why would you opt-out of a deal like this? You would think they want their subscribers to have 50gb in dropbox, that’s a lot of bandwith waiting to be drained

    • GaGator

      Lookit, why would you pay VZW or ATT to $tream a movie when you can d/l it for free at home from a pool of shared DropBox accounts? Just sayin’ .

  • cue rage face


  • Interesting. I wonder what DropBox wanted VZW and ATT to do that made them opt-out. Maybe it was advertising or pre-installing an app or something? Support? Must be some good reason to make ATT and VZW opt out.

  • DigdaVig

    Well now that is pretty interesting indeed. WOw.

  • shooter50

    All this whining from the same people who complain about bloat. You gotta love the hypocrisy.

  • florious80

    Interesting enough, I would have thought Verizon would have jumped all over this since this would increase bandwidth usage and they can reap the rewards with the tiered program. THis is almost like V trying to save ppl money by forcing them to get SD cards instead. There’s no logic with the big red….

  • GaGator

    “Thou shalt not share thy movies.” — DRM Gestapo
    Bandwidth peddlers hate local media sharing, yanno?

  • I had received the 48GB extra space 10 days back. It was goood.
    And today my folder sync to dropbox was failing. And I was horrified to see that my dropbox space was stripped down to its original size. :-O

    Freaking verizon stopped it…!!? It’s between Samsung and Dropbox. Where does verizon come into picture. Can you use some profanity here?

    • Dj

      Get what is called a memory card

      • I already have the data backed up on an external hard-drive. My setup was –
        1. backup from cell to dropbox.
        2. backup from dropbox to laptop/external hard-drive.
        No wires involved.

        Now, to back it up, I have to connect the usb cable and browse & copy the files manually. And there’s no ‘sync’ per se between android and pc. Let me know if there is.


    on verizons end it with eliminate the need for a consumer to purchase more of their VZ BACK UP ASSISTANT + storage that they charge people for…. not sure about at&t but makes sense to me.

    • Josh Nichols

      You clearly don’t even know what those things do. VZW Backup assistant makes it easier for you to transfer contacts. Are you going to store your contacts in Dropbox? No.

      • LionStone

        Backup Ass. is so annoying, without any way to shut the damn thing off, short of shutting off all sync! Never really felt the need to root my phone, but that alone will push me to do it on my next device.

  • mcrissjr

    WTF, this pisses me off. Screw you, Verizon. This was a large part of my reason for buying the GS3.

  • Hopefully they dropped out because of how it was handled after the two years haveing to relocate 50GB could be a real pain

  • sk3litor

    Ha ha ha. Well boys I think it’s time to just bend over and take it like men. Sd might be screwed but we could still try to save others though. RUN FROM VERIZON PEOPLE, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. (AS(as the theme from tv’s incredible hulk plays in the backround)

  • MrEnglish

    Way to suck Atitty and Verizon

  • James_C_L

    like we didnt expect vzw to fu*k us in the ass one way or another…

  • WTF!! !!?

  • fixxmyhead

    What a surprise the two greediest companies

    • What a surprise, the two companies with the best networks and the biggest expansion plans. If you don’t like companies that make money and expand, give Sprint or T-Mo a try. You’ll have crap for coverage and data speeds, but at least they’re not “greedy”. And who knows, maybe you’ll even get LTE someday?

      • Josh Nichols

        T-Mobile has better data speeds than AT&T.

        • ocdtrekkie

          Ahahahahahahahahahaha. Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

          • Geoff Johnson

            They do if you only factor in HSPA+, LTE is only in a few markets.

      • fixxmyhead

        Omg are U a freaking rep for att orVerizon? and yea I already give my money to TMobile cuz they give me an excellent service. never drop calls and really fast speeds on my s2. I’m not a stupid sucker that thinks he needs lte, hspa 42 is fast enough. I could do without TMobile rollout of lte in the next year

      • HeLLo

        Damn kid you’re funny as hell.Did someone upset this Verizon fanboy.I guess so, typical fanboy that is always the same BS “crappy network” attack.So how does Verizon’s nutsack taste in your mouth since obviously it seems you can’t seem to have enough of it.

      • mustbepbs

        What a surprise. Someone gets downvoted for “sticking up” for carriers. He’s just bringing things back to reality. No need to jump him.

  • StoneColdCarl

    Are you shitting me?

  • Bionic

    Who cares, syncing that much crap takes too much battery, trust me i’ve been there done that and cancelled that.

    • It doesn’t sync anything unless you ask. Just lists the folders and files.

      • Bionic

        im aware of that, thanks. still uses too much battery if you have a lot of files to sync.

        • Weakest. Argument. Ever.

          • Josh Nichols

            Oh yes and every other argument in these comments is sound, right?

        • You can sync on WiFi and plugged in only, if you wish.

  • Destroythanet

    I’d only be pissed if the 50 GB was permanent. I wouldn’t want to get used to having that much cloud storage, then have it taken away after a couple years. Just a ploy to get you to pay Dropbox for this after the two years haha.

    • Exactly. I activated my HTC One S on T-Mobile and got an extra 50GB. But what, 2 years? That’s just nerve wracking.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    What does the carriers have to do with a Samsung deal between Dropbox? The U.S. government really needs to investigate AT&T and Verizon. It seems like they hold secret meetings together and decide to the same things…

    • I suppose they could reasonably be worried about bandwidth use of syncing 50gb all the time.

      • sgtguthrie

        That would be possible if it actually synced 50gb, but the app only syncs the names and download links. It doesn’t download files to your phone unless you select the file for use or viewing 😉

      • Tony Allen

        Even if this were the case, why would they be worried about that? Think about the glorious overage charges they could give you. Why would they be against that?

        • Diablo81588

          Unlimited data?

          • Days of unlimited data are counted, like it or not.

          • Diablo81588

            Regardless of how long unlimited data with last, it’s still in use by millions of customers from Verizon, as well as ATT. Unless they dropped unlimited data immediately after the launch of the S3, then I don’t see your point.

      • I don’t think it’s the case. First, if they were worried about data consumption, then the first enemies were kinds of Netflix and Google Music.
        Then, both AT&T and Verizon are trying to root out unlimited plans anyway.

      • WickedToby741

        Yeah, they’re so worried about bandwidth usage that Verizon rolled out an app showcasing all of the video you can stream on you 4G LTE device. If anything, Verizon and AT&T want you using more data so that they can force you to a higher tier and get more money out of you. I’m not sure the politics behind this move, but I’m guessing it has to do with money. We don’t know the full details of how Samsung and Dropbox have been able to offer this to SGSIII customers, so they may be asking for the carriers to kick in a bit of dough to make the deal possible.

    • fixxmyhead

      Haha that made me laugh dude.

    • Immolate

      No more coffee for you.

    • mustbepbs


    • InvaderDJ

      I doubt it is anything official, but it is undeniable that whatever one does, the other quickly follows.

      For instance, now that Verizon is getting rid of grandfathered unlimited data if you buy a subsidized phone from them expect at&t to follow suit soon. Probably after the next iPhone, but potentially before.

  • Never was gonna use it anyway. lol

  • T4rd

    No biggie, I was just planning on having 96GBs (32GB internal + 64GB SD card) of storage on my phone, lol.

  • troy studnicka

    Verizon can kiss my ass..what a crock!!!! I guess I can live with 96 gigs internal/external storage or put one of the roms out there that add the 50 for me hehe. Already have the rom on my Galaxy Nexus that gives me 50 gig from Dropbox…so…screw you Verizon!!!

    • dafuq did i just read o.O

    • ostensibly


    • Josh Nichols

      If you actually read, you’ll be losing the 50GB on your Galaxy Nexus very shortly. Dropbox isn’t stupid.

  • hkklife

    Heh, I was just thinking about this last night. I figured they’d either drop the offer completely or just offer a paltry amount for US customers (only 3Gb free etc).
    Dropbox is my favorite of the cloud storage services but they definitely ain’t the cheapest. I still keep all my critical work stuff and high-bitrate multimedia files stored locally. SO glad I went ahead and bit the bullet for the 32Gb GSIII and can add an SD card to it for media.

  • Cm9

    Thats big Red for you, never passing an opportunity to screw you in the a$$. As if withholding updates isn’t enough.

    • michael arazan

      Let me guess along with isis, att and verizon are also working on their own cloud storage for their customers, because god f$cking forbid their customers get anything for free or choose to use another company for their needs.

      • Duncan McAfee

        I’m still curious as to how what VZW and AT&T are doing in regards to Google Wallet isn’t considered anti-competitive (which would make it illegal.) Doesn’t blocking access to a product while developing a competing product fall under anti-trust law?

        • Andrew Davis

          You know what, that is a very good question. A question I would like answered. VZW is gonna sit on this technology until they find a way to implement it as an additional monthly service fee.

    • Josh Nichols

      Yes.. this is royally screwing you in the ass when you’re going to throw a microSD card in it anyways. What awful news.

  • Well it looks like i’m getting two cans & string.

  • FortitudineVincimus


    how does that possible detract from what they offer?

    • sgtguthrie

      I think it’s more about what they don’t offer yet 😉

      Just like Google Wallet…

  • They are both going to try to sell their own cloud solutions, clearly.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      “sell” – there is no cloud service worth buying. All the good ones are free. But hey, these are the guys selling their stupid navigator to suckers when there is Maps

      • LionStone

        And still, when I select Google’s Nav as my default Navigation…it’ll still pop up if I start using Google Nav right now…bastards are just hopin I’ll accidently press Vz Nav one day…grr.

    • sgtguthrie

      Ya, I’ve been seeing vzw commercials about their cloud servers, even though the closest thing to cloud storage vzw has is stupid Backup Assistant. That pisses me off actually. Wouldn’t you rather I choose yours because it’s the best than due to a lack of other options :-

      Funny thing is they won’t try to strip iCloud out of IOS! Apple wouldn’t let them…

      • Jason James

        yea but google+ isnt stripped and it has no limit of pics u can upload.

      • Neither do they strip out any cloud syncing capabilities (that doesn’t carry a catchy name, but there were a way before any Apple cloud offerings) from Android. Please, don’t buy into that “Apple invented cloud” meme.

        • sgtguthrie

          I didn’t say anything like that! I’m just saying that Apple doesn’t let the carriers strip out features. Trust me, I’m not a fan of ios, just making a comparison 😉

          Please don’t put words in my mouth that I didn’t (and wouldn’t) say…

  • tech247

    No surprise there. They don’t want unlimited data plan folks to stream uploaded dropbox content well over the paltry 2GB their current plans offer. Bastards!

    • Josh Nichols

      Yes.. God forbid they care about their network bandwidth.

  • Who the hell cares about Dropbox and their storage. There’s so many other choices, plus it’s not free forever.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      This is not about DB – it is about VZW and their tactics

      • what tactics? If you look around, there’s plenty of other options out there. The tactic dropbox is using is, having people sign up so that when their free trial runs out they get billed and that’s free money. Dropbox is absolute garbage anyways, Anyone who has used is will know what im talking about.

        • I disagree that its garbage but I agree with everything else.

        • athensjohn

          hmmm…I love dropbox and have been using it for several years. For my needs it has been a very solid solution.

        • HarvesterX

          I read through all these comments and I’m glad I finally read it. After 2 years is over a lot of people who just stupidly thought that they had 50GB for life would start to flood the Customer Service lines and cause a lot of pissy employees… As well as waste time that could be spent god forbid on actual training for these employees and “legit” phone calls. It makes perfect sense to me. And personally if I was going to sell you a phone and support support while you remained with me, I wouldn’t push any third party deals like this on you because that’s just more headache I’ll have to deal with once the promo is over. If the people want cloud services, their are plenty of free choices out there.

        • what tactics? screwing the customer as much as they could. these are the tactics.

  • Q

    ATT and Verizon are the biggest haters in the world


    Wtf AT&T.

  • James Murphy

    Well, looks like I’m getting an iPhone.

    EDIT: You guys really can’t see sarcasm that thick?

    • Hah, because that would be a smart choice. 😛

      Edit: And yes, I got a good laugh out of it.

      • Kellex B, i wanna quit my job and work for your site. What do I do.

    • kevin

      Because that is totally going to include the dropbox promotion.

    • TheMan876

      Looks I’m getting a hot dog. (because it had just as much to do with anything as what you said)

    • a free two-year subscription to dropbox was the deciding factor between and iphone and gsIII?

    • over dropbox? seriously? I don’t think you get free 50GB of storage after purchasing an iPhone.

      • Jason James

        i got 50 GBs from box using my ex’s i*hone tho but i think the promo is over

    • Bleed

      Why? Because Apple doesn’t take shit from no one and has balls like no other company has.

      • Because Apple didn’t offer anything for free at the first place. “Apple” and “free” don’t go together.