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Old 06-02-2013, 12:05
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Just signed up again for another 18 months to get the 50gb online storage. Can anyone explain the significance of the BT cloud software and what it does.

When I click on it it just advises me to go to www.bt.com/mybt to login.

Also, do I have to keep entering in the username and password every bloody time....
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Old 06-02-2013, 13:08
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Did you resign a 18 month contract with bt just for that
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Old 06-02-2013, 13:18
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Yep, never had a problem with BT.
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:43
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It's basically online storage; you can store your movies, music etc to a secure webpage that you log into and then if you have another devide, you can log in off a wifi network and access all your stuff on the move. 50gb is an awful lot.
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Old 06-02-2013, 20:51
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BT are only offering me 2gb and i have the phone and 75meg net
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Old 06-02-2013, 21:44
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BT are only offering me 2gb and i have the phone and 75meg net
You should get the below if you recontract

Unlimited BT Infinity 2


Unlimited wi-fi
BT SmartTalk
BT Family Protection
BT Home Hub
50GB BT Cloud
BT NetProtect Plus
18 month contract
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:52
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I can't believe that people re contract just for that? If you just at the start of the contract, then fair enough, but if the contract is nearly over, then is it really worth it?

i know someone who was going to do that, they got about 3 months left on their contract and they thought this Bt cloud was a good thing and was ready to give up the freedom to choose another Isp if they wanted to in a few months time

So I pointed them to some other cloud type services and they decided to go for sky drive as their email is already a hotmail one anyway. More storage than they would get with BT as they are only on a basic BT broadband.

It makes sense, because once the contract is over, they may get a better deal, that is if they decide to stay with BT.

They was looking at going for what I am using, unless BT openreach do fibre at their cabinet and that seems unlikely.
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Old 07-02-2013, 18:03
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Have been doing some comparisons as I'm currently signed up to Google Drive, MS SkyDrive and (now) BT Cloud basic (2 GB). I have infinity 2 fibre.

BT's 50GB 'freebie' subject to new contract is worth about 2 a month, based on market rates at Google and MS. You can buy straight into 100GB storage without recontracting at 3 a month from what I can see, which is competitive with Google and MS storage at around the same price. Dropbox is double that for 100GB.

So if you need 50GB of cloud storage and know you will want to be with BT for the next 18 months, it's worth about 36.

Other pluses: upload speed averaged 13Mbps on a 1GB file (Google Drive was the same, Skydrive only half as fast).

Maximum file upload size via browser is 1GB (SkyDrive 300MB, Dropbox 300MB, Google way more than 1GB, don't know how much).

Maximum file upload size via the BT Drive application is way over 1GB, don't know how much.

Minuses

Download speed was disappointingly only 27Mbps on Infinity 2. Skydrive was far worse though, at 6Mbps but Google was far higher at 74Mbps.

All files will be deleted if 'free' BT cloud is unused for 3 months and that seems to include the 'free' 50GB upgrade! But you are in effect paying for it so... a bit of a problem is that!

So if the best upload and download speed is what you need, Google Drive was (this afternoon) the "best buy". BT Cloud is '2nd best buy' IMO but that "3 month delete" issue needs to be sorted out. Don't know about Dropbox speeds but for 100GB storage at least, it's much more expensive than the others. Skydrive seems to be a bit 'meh' - with its one saving grace that you can it seems open as many Skydrive accounts as you like so the free storage really adds up!

Will re-check the speeds this evening as they may be different then.
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Old 07-02-2013, 18:52
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BT's 50GB 'freebie' subject to new contract is worth about 2 a month, based on market rates at Google and MS. You can buy straight into 100GB storage without recontracting at 3 a month from what I can see,
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Sorry, nope. Just tried it on their website and you also have to recontract for 18 months if you buy the 100GB upgrade at 3 a month. Makes it effectively almost as expensive as Dropbox and now, Google Drive comes out tops IMO by most measures of value for money + performance speed, unless you need exactly 26GB to 50GB of storage** or definitely want 18 months more of BT *and* will never forget to use BT Drive for 3 months!

**Google Drive is 1.55/month for 25GB
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