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March 2019 device limit policy

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Regarding the new March 2019 limit of 3 linked devices for Basic (free) users, if I currently have 6 linked devices (3 computers, 2 tablets, 1 phone) and upgrade to a new phone, does that mean that I'll have to unlink 3 devices in addition to the old phone (so that I'm down to 2 linked devices) in order to link the new phone? Or, will I simply be able to unlink the old phone and link the new phone while keeping my other 5 devices linked?

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

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Hey there (@Knot-Me), as we can only address account-specific matters via our Official Support channel (we’ll need to have direct access to your account internally in order to answer such sensitive requests), I’ve reached out to you directly on my end, as I couldn’t locate an open support request on our system.  
 
Whenever you have some spare time, please have a look at your inbox for my message & I’ll make sure to promptly follow-up with you asap. Thanks again for checking in with us on the Community & I’ll be awaiting your next reply! 

 


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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

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Hi Jane, thanks for your response. For clarification, let me be clear that the above question is currently a hypothetical one intended to seek clarity from Dropbox. I'm sure there are many (thousands or millions?) of existing users with Basic (free) accounts that currently have more than 3 linked devices. It would be very helpful to know exactly what will happen when we try to update devices (replace an existing phone or tablet, do a clean install of an operating system, etc.). The existing information provided on the Dropbox Help center webpage is fairly vague about this issue. Any additional detail you can provide would be greatly appreciated, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would benefit from the information. Many thanks!

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

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A bit more... although I'm not actually updating my phone at the immediate moment, it's very likely that I will be updating one or more devices in the near future. Depending on exactly how Dropbox is implementing the new 3 device limit for existing Basic accounts that currently have more than 3 linked devices, I (and probably MANY others!) will likely need to do some unexpected planning and preparation before doing a device update/upgrade. Clarity from Dropbox would help facilitate that planning and preparation. Again, thanks for any detail you can provide.

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

Dropboxer
I appreciate it that you circled back to me here (@Knot-Me)! At the moment, I can confirm the information you’ve already referenced; in other words, Basic users have a three device limit as of March 2019. 
 
From there, let me re-phrase the description in the relevant resource for convenience’ sake: 
 
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If you’ve reached your device limit, you can change which three devices are linked to your account. To do so, unlink devices you don’t want on your account (down to less than three), and then link the devices that you do want. If you're a Basic user and you linked more than three devices prior to March 2019, all of your previously linked devices will remain linked, but you can’t link additional devices.
If you have further concerns, please feel free to reply to me on our email correspondence & I’ll do my best to touch-base with you asap. Thanks! 

 


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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

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Thanks for the clarification, Jane; much appreciated. As an existing Basic user with 6 devices actively linked to my Dropbox account, the change in policy is disappointing although perhaps understandable.

Now for the customer feedback part... I would highly recommend that Dropbox add additional price tiers between free and $10/month to remain competitive with other cloud storage services. For example: $1/month or $10/year; $3/month or $30/year; and $6/month or $60/year. You can figure out how much storage each level gets to be competitive. For me personally, I'd gladly pay $10/year for minimal storage (10-50GB range?) and a 10-device limit to keep using Dropbox as I do now. Anything more than $20/year and I'll find another provider. I'm sure others would find value in $30 or $60/year tiers (or something in that general range).

I fully appreciate that as a business you may need to limit your free offerings. I hope you in turn appreciate that you're going to need to offer more lower-tier options than what you currently provide if you're going to stay competitive.

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

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@Knot-Me wrote:

... to remain competitive with other cloud storage services.


Remember that most other popular services with lower cost offerings have other sources of revenue that are used to subsidize their cloud storage offerings. In many cases, their cloud storage is used merely as a way to get you into their eco system. It's used as a feature to their other products.

Apple has their hardware revenue, Google has their ad revenue and Microsoft has their software revenue. Dropbox has... Dropbox. They've tried smaller plans in the past, several times, and they've never been successful.

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@Rich wrote:

Remember that most other popular services with lower cost offerings have other sources of revenue that are used to subsidize their cloud storage offerings.

While that's true, it's also largely (although definitely not entirely; see below re. Google) irrelevant for me as an end user. The question for me is ultimately who provides the best service at a price I'm willing to pay. Dropbox provides a great service and up until now I've been perfectly content with their free tier. With the March 2019 change in policy, it's likely that the free tier will no longer meet my needs. Given the quality of their service I'm more than willing to pay for it, but since I actually need very little cloud storage (5-10GB would easily cover it) I'm not willing to pay very much. What I would really be paying for is the ability to link more than 3 devices at a time.

I won't touch Google's cloud storage or email because of their business model. I prefer Dropbox to OneDrive and iCloud Drive because historically it's just been a much better product. It's not, however, worth $120/year to maintain what I previously got for free. $10/year? Absolutely. $20/year? Maybe. $30/year? Nope. That's just my own personal perspective; your mileage may vary.

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

Level 6

Gee, and I just got a new phone. If only I had gotten it last month.

Unfortunately it looks like I'll have to say goodbye to Dropbox if I can't use it on all my devices, as much as it pains me. I've been using Dropbox since 2013, prefering it over every other cloud storage service despite it offering the least free storage.

I use 5 devices, and with my new phone it would be 6. There's just no way for me to comfortably use this anymore I'm afraid. Once I migrate to my new phone I'll have to go with a different cloud storage provider, and that bums me out more than anything.

I really hope you have a change of heart and remove this device limit. There's no need to punish your free users even more than you currently are (starting out with 2 GB is paltry and unusable in 2019, and it requires a lot of work to gain additional free space; that's more than enough of a limit to impose on your free users) and the device limit is literally offering an ultimatum of either going pro, paying for space we don't need, or looking elsewhere.

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Re: March 2019 device limit policy

Level 6

Yep this has really scuppered me as well, my work pc crashed a few days ago and I reinstalled Dropbox only to find out it would not link to my account as I had 4 other devices linked, so to get my work pc going with Dropbox I've had to delete my laptop and ipad Dropbox links in order to add the work pc back on. What a pain it is now, I still have all the old files on my laptop and ipad but obvs they wont sync anymore. My only option is to upgrade to 1Tb plus account, I dont need all that space, I have been living with 2.75Gb for years now. The basic limit is capped at 2Gb now (I only have .75 extra through referalls) and it was 2Gb when I first joined the plan I think about 8-10 years ago. Come on you should be making this a better product and at least give lower paid tier levels like Apple do 50gb, 250GB etc - I certainly dont want to be paying £10pm. My other option I thought would be to drop Dropbox and switch to Onedrive as I have 2 personal and business 1Tb accounts but unfortunatley it's not straightforward to have two Onedrive accounts on a PC. Not impressed and will have to keep looking for another solution - maybe I'm just too greedy but there seem to be obstacles put in the way whenever you try to change something.  

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