mailbox said in a blog post that it is implementing a metered model into its Advanced plan in response to customers who have been using Dropbox to mine cryptocurrency, “pool storage for personal use cases” and others reselling it.
So Dropbox is ditching its “as much space as you need” offer. Customers who sign up for a Dropbox Advanced plan with three active licenses will receive 15TB of storage for their entire team. As for businesses currently participating in the plan, the company says those using less than 35TB of storage will be able to keep that amount, “plus an additional 5TB of shared storage credit, for five years at no additional charge to their existing plan”.
Dropbox will add an additional 5TB of storage for each additional active license. In the meantime, the company says it’s “committed” to working with businesses that use more than 35TB, noting that it will allow users to continue using their amount of storage “at such time as notified, plus an additional credit of 5TB of shared storage for one year.” at no additional charge. Dropbox will contact these companies to “discuss a variety” of alternative storage options.
“Our policy for Advanced has always been to provide as much storage as is needed to run a legitimate business or organization, not to provide unlimited storage for any use case,” Dropbox writes. Dropbox says that customers who misuse the unlimited offer “consume thousands of times more storage” than businesses that use the platform as intended, but creating usage policies that work at scale or trying to enforce them just wouldn’t work.
Dropbox Advanced Plan it’s the most expensive from the company (outside of its Enterprise offering), costing $30 per user per month. The new service policy goes into effect on November 1.