Like most if not all of the cloud storage offers, Dropbox offers a free account that you can take advantage of in a limited offer of file sharing and syncing. This free offer which starts at a capacity of 2GB is good for you to try out the service, and if you are not really sharing that much files, the free account would truly suffice.
Not all apps associated with Dropbox is free. The desktop version of Dropbox, together with the official mobile apps it offers, are free for everyone to download and use with no limits.
However, there have been a large number of apps offered on different platforms that cover Dropbox, or at least, that wants to gain access to Dropbox, and whatever fees and payments are associated with the app, Dropbox is not liable.
Getting the most free space on Dropbox before upgrading
Dropbox offers a few more versatile features for the free users. Instead of locking up in a 2GB capacity or quota, free users can actually enjoy up to 18GB of storage by referrals (500MB per referral).
Other ways to get extra spaces may include: giving feedback, following Dropbox from different social networking sites, and by payment (upgrade).
Upgrading your account
To upgrade your account from a free account to a premium account, you are offered a monthly or yearly plan with storage capacities ranging from 100GB, 200GB, or 500GB.
- 100GB bills at $9.99 a month ($99 a year)
- 200GB at $19.99 ($199 a year)
- 500GB at $49.99 or $499 a year
- Dropbox also offers an unlimited undo history feature known as Packrat, and costs an extra $39 a year
If you are subscribing for a team or agency or a business, Dropbox offers business plans that starts at $795, and this includes numerous features including advanced security tools, team management tools, and live support.
Upon registration of card details (or you may use PayPal), Dropbox will automatically charge the account holder based on subscription or plan. Dropbox reserves the right to revoke access to the user of his account if the payment fails to push through.
After 5 days of non-settlement, Dropbox may take control of the files so as to reduce the account to a free subscription with only 2GB of capacity. Moreover, Dropbox does not offer refunds or credits for partially used accounts.
Changing of subscription from within a cycle will make billing work on a pro-rated basis, and will reset the date of renewal accordingly.
Dropbox may or may not contain some changes in terms to pricing, features, and policies, but whenever such should occur, a prior notification will be sent to the account holder.
Changing of credit card information and other account-related details such as invoices may be done on the Account page.
Termination or cancellation of account or subscription may take effect immediately, and billing procedures must be settled before every renewal to avoid extra pre-paid charges.
Charges may include any applicable tax and other related fees which clients will be cleared of during the registration process, but will not include or collect VAT since it is a US company.
Lastly, for free accounts, Dropbox reserves the right to fully disable an account with or without prior notice to the account holder. However, this usually happens after 90 days of inactivity of an account.