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Extra space, no extra cost: Dropbox ups storage on Pro schemes

Dropbox on Tuesday announced an upgrade to its Pro plans that doubles the amount of storage without a price hike.

The company also added a new, 500GB option.

The move upgrades Pro users with 50GB and 100GB accounts to 100GB and 200GB, respectively. The 100GB option costs $9.99 (about £6.40) per month or $99 (£64) per year, while the 200GB will run you $19.99 (£13) per month or $199 (£130) per year.

"We've heard from architects with giant drafting files and photographers with huge portfolios," Dropbox said. "But mostly we hear from families who have more than 100GB of photos, docs and videos."

Pricing for the 500GB tier was not announced.

The service will automatically update overnight, so existing Dropbox Pro subscribers will wake up tomorrow to a supersized version of their account. The Dropbox pricing page will also be updated tonight to reflect the changes. Dropbox is also offering existing Pro users a three-month Pro 100 trial to share with family and friends.

Earlier this year, Dropbox began rolling out a number of photo-upload updates to its Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS services, beginning in February with automatic photo uploads for Android users. Two months later, Dropbox added the same feature to the desktop, automatically pulling items from almost any camera, tablet, SD card, or smartphone.

Apple iOS users received the same update last month, with built-in options to manually or automatically upload photos or video to the cloud using a Wi-Fi or cell connection.

Beginning in August, new user accounts will no longer include the Public folder option, which the company determined was a duplicate function that was rarely used. Developers can switch to the /shares API call for future use.

Cloud competition has been heating up lately, a possible incentive for Dropbox to refresh their pricing scale. Other file-sharing services include Microsoft's SkyDrive, which now includes remote PC access, new storage options, and the ability to access SkyDrive on iOS and Windows Phone handsets. Google's Drive debuted in April, just before D-Box revamped its API and added OneCloud partners. Amazon's Cloud Drive is also making waves with iOS, Android, and Web apps.