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Bitcasa unlimited cloud storage service makes full debut

Online storage service Bitcasa, described as "your external hard drive in the cloud that never runs out of space," emerged from beta today.

To celebrate the official public debut, Bitcasa is offering the service for a reduced rate. For a limited time, users can now get a year of Bitcasa no-limit cloud storage for $69 (£44). Regular pricing of $99 per year (£64) will go back into effect in March. Those who don't want to commit to a full year can opt to pay $10 per month (£6.40), the same monthly price offered during the beta test.

While Bitcasa touts itself as a replacement for external hard drives, users might want to test out the service before jumping in headfirst. Bitcasa offers 10GB of space with a free account, so users can evaluate the service.

Bitcasa allows users to store and access all their photos, movies, documents, songs, and other files in the cloud. All data is encrypted before it's saved to Bitcasa for added security.

The service is available on all major platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. With the mobile apps, users can "favorite" certain items to make them available offline, as well as access their entire library of files wherever there's a Web connection.

Bitcasa first launched in beta in September 2011 at TechCrunch Disrupt, and took runner up in the show's Startup Battlefield competition. Based in Mountain View, California, Bitcasa raised $7 million (£4.4m) Series A financing in June 2012.