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Samsung bundles SugarSync cloud storage into Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 includes a number of bells and whistles, and one of those adds-ons is free file-syncing service SugarSync.

SugarSync has been added to Samsung's AllShare Play service. SugarSync was first added to Samsung Internet-connected Smart TVs in January and will now be featured on all Samsung devices with AllShare Play going forward.

AllShare Play allows users to search for and play video, photo, and music files across all enabled PCs, TVs, and mobile devices. With the addition of SugarSync, users without a cloud-storage service can sign up for SugarSync and store up to 5GB of data for free, without leaving AllShare Play.

For storage beyond 5GB, pricing plans jump to $4.99 (£3.20) per month for 30GB, $9.99 (£6.45) for 60GB, and $14.99 (£9.65) each month for 100GB of storage. A 250GB or 500GB plan is also available, for $24.99 (£16) and $39.99 (£25) per month, respectively.

SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies called the Galaxy S3 integration "a natural progression," providing Samsung mobile AllShare Play users with a way to share content with family and friends.

The Galaxy S3 also comes with the Amazon Kindle app, Media and Music Hub, and Samsung Memo (memo-pad), Suggest (magazine-style app guide), and Voice (speech commands) features. Each carrier's model has its own built-ins, as well, though that list will depend on the service provider.

The SugarSync announcement comes shortly after AT&T and Verizon opted out of adding 50GB of free Dropbox cloud storage to the Galaxy S3 via a Samsung promotion. Dropbox this week provided users with a free upgrade, moving Pro users with 50GB and 100GB accounts to 100GB and 200GB, respectively. A 500GB option was also added.