Evernote is on the prowl for new users, announcing a partnership with Germany's Deutsche Telekom that will provide its users with 18 months of free premium service.
Starting today, the service provider's nearly 60 million mobile, broadband, and fixed-line customers can upgrade to the Evernote Premium service and test the product for free until September 2014.
Deutsche Telekom is the latest in Evernote's line of carrier partners, which also includes NTT Docomo in Japan, Orange France, KT in Korea, and Taiwan Mobile. The deal means that eligible German users can skip the annual €40 (£33) charge to access offline notebooks, supersized uploads, beefed up security, and other features.
"We're excited to be working closely with such forward-thinking companies that are providing value to their subscribers in new and innovative ways," Evernote's Mie Yaginuma wrote in a blog post.
Deutsche Telekom and Evernote will also jointly host the Evernote Hackathon in Berlin from 5-7 April, held in Deutsche Telekom's new Winterfeldstrasse start-up space. Participants are encouraged to create new apps using Evernote's API and Deutsche Telekom's Developer Garden. Prizes include iPads, Raspberry Pi devices, other gadgets, t-shirts, and more swag.
Evernote Business reached Europe and expanded its overall global reach earlier this year, rolling out to 26 more countries in total.
The news comes shortly after Evernote was the victim of a hacking attack. A "coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service" forced the company to reset the passwords of all of its 50 million-plus users. Following the hack, Evernote accelerated plans for two-factor authentication, which it was planning to roll out later this year.
Meanwhile, the Evernote Food app got an update that lets users browse Foursquare ratings and make reservations with OpenTable.