Telco launches its first consumer ever cloud service for mobiles.
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Optus ‘Smart Safe’ will allow users to store and back up content from their mobile or computer and access it easily online, irrelevant of location.
The service is free of charge to pre-Paid and post-Paid consumers with 3G handsets as well as SMB mobile users, and will have “access to 500MB of cloud storage,” it announced today.
And bad news for iPhones holders, the cloud service won’t be available to them and the same goes for tablets.
And, fixed line broadband users will have to wait a while yet, with its service tipped to arrive “in the coming months,” Optus said.
And if 500MB is not enough, there is an option of adding 10GB of storage for $5.99 a month or 300GB for $15.
Smart Safe “gives customers peace of mind to store and protect their important data in a single storage product across supported mobile handsets and PC based platforms.”
The cloud system, where a network of computers make up the cloud in a remote location, is one of the hottest technologies of the moment for commercial use, and now means a back up of data is available on home PC and handsets.
If you lose a mobile or PC hardware crashes, then no problem as the cloud will have a back up of all music, files and other media.
The MyZoo web portal manages the service, which allows users to download and view backed up files online and will “unlock the true potential of their multimedia library”.
The cloud service will also allow sharing of files with their friends, by sending a link that allows instant access.
Customers are also able to set up time-saving automated back up – automatically backing up information whenever a change is made.
The solution has been developed in partnership with F-Secure.
To register for Optus Smart Safe, please visit http://optussmartsafe.optus.com.au.
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