In 2007, when Dropbox incepted the concept of free file sharing many other companies followed the suit. Free file sharing became a norm rather than a luxury service. Google, Droplr, SugarSync and many others tried to woo the consumers with their ‘free’ offerings. But with time the claims of free for life are proving to be hollow as an empty bucket.
Most of the providers have started charging for the service, and if rumors are to be believed the biggies will soon be joining the paid bandwagon.
The thought of taking out the credit card for every transferred file might not bother a high school student but for a small businessman it is a thing to frown upon. Many businesses have been built on this model and are thriving as well. But suddenly adopting the pay model can jeopardize the dealings of the vendors. It is often said that one can learn lessons from every mishappening and the same applies to this concerning scenario as well.
1. Expect The Unexpected
In this materialistic world, the claim of forever free is something that needs to be scrutinized heavily by the consumer. The vendors are making such hollow promises and after generating a considerable user base, are shifting to pay-per-use model which is unethical and something consumer should be vary of. And for the vendors, it is better to clear the air from the outset only as false claims not only diminishes the brand value but are also hurled back at the face later.
2. Generous Period
This one is for the vendors. Before making the service paid a generous amount of notice period should be given to the users to transfer their files to other vendors if necessary. What this will do is bring credibility to the service and will ensure that the users are not faced with the daunting task of shifting their operations overnight.
3. Provide Good Enough Reasons For Them To Pay
In order to make sure that the consumers are not lost after making the cloud hosting service payable, provide them features that will compel them to pay for the usage. Like Spotify allow downloading in the paid versions or the convenience of Google which is forcing the users to shell out those dollars for the extra storage space.
Just the file sharing servers are not going to cut anymore because of the variety of the service providers that are there in the field.
4. Answer To Every Problem- Backup
When any service goes AWOL (paid in this case) the transition can prove a hindrance in the progress of the firm. So in order to save yourself from the uncertainty it is better to have a service for backup, on which you can rely upon.
Having a backup also aids in saving the data after the free limit is up on the primary site.
5. Time To Shell Out
It can be said that the cloud services have made us dependent. Most of our technical activities are related to cloud in one way or the other.
To save yourself from the hassles of changing the vendor it is better to shell out the amount for the service you have liked for so many years.
Free file sharing services were great while they lasted. But it is time that the paradigm shifts to paid services. It remains to be seen whether paid services gather storm as the free ones did, but one thing is for sure this practice will stir up the market.
Josephine Clark is a Cloud and Mobile Technology enthusiast and an avid writer. Other than working at Hostedquickbooks DotNet, she actively participates in various forum discussions, writing blogs and articles on topics like latest mobile apps, updates of Operating systems, Cloud hosting services such as QuickBooks hosting, etc.