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Dropbox File Requests

While it might seem that everyone has a Dropbox account, that is not actually true and sometimes you need to collect files from people who do not have a Dropbox account or for a specific reason. Email has its limits and collecting larger files from many different people can be a nightmare with files occasionally getting lost in people’s inbox or not making it at all. If you have a Dropbox account and need files sent to you no matter who they are from here are 5 services to do that.

 

Dropbox

Dropbox File Requests
Back in June Dropbox opened up a new feature to basic and pro customers called “File Requests” to allow people to allow others to upload files to your Dropbox account without the need to actually have Dropbox. If you are going to accept files from others to your Dropbox using the official feature from Dropbox would seem to make the most sense.

Who Can Send You Files: Anyone with or without a Dropbox Account.
File Size: Send files up to 2 GB, but uploaded files must fit within the size of your Dropbox account.
Price: Free. Part of your existing Dropbox account.

DBinbox

DBinboxDBinbox offers a similar service to the Dropbox file request and has gotten some press from sites like Lifehacker and CNET. They have been around for awhile and offer a limited free plan with paid tiers starting at $30.00/year. Remember that is on top of your existing Dropbox subscription.

Who Can Send You Files: Anyone with or without a Dropbox Account.
File Size: Send files up to 20 MB/file with a total of 300 MB total/month
Price: Free. Paid plans start at $30.00/year.

Send To My Cloud

Send To My Cloud

Send To My Cloud works with both Dropbox and Google Drive according to their website and is a very similar service to DBinbox. You sign up and get a URL where people can upload files to you without needing to have an account on either service. They do offer a free plan just make sure to select the correct plan in the sign up form. Paid plans are a little steeper starting at $9.99/month (with a discount) for the basic plan. Compared to the feature that comes with your Dropbox account it is certainly a little more to pay.

Who Can Send You Files: Anyone with or without a Dropbox or Google Drive Account.
File Size: Send files up to 20 MB, 200 MB total/month.
Price: Free. Paid plans start at $9.99/month.

DROPitTOme

DROPitTOme
DROPitTOme is the only third party site that only offers a free tier. You are always welcome to make them a donation for the use of the service. File upload size is limited to a maximum of 75 MB, but that is better than the free options from the other thitd party services.

Who Can Send You Files: Anyone with or without a Dropbox Account.
File Size: Send files up to 75 MB.
Price: Free.

CloudWok

CloudWok
CloudWok is the service that says it works with the largest number of cloud storage services. They say they work with: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Amazon S3 and even Facebook Albums. It certainly seems like the most feature rich service.

Who Can Send You Files: Anyone.
File Size: Free plan has a limit of 5 MB file size and 50 MB / month.
Price: Free with paid plans starting at $1.00/month.


It is always difficult to build a paid service on top of another paid service because you never know if or when the feature you are building will just become another feature in the initial service. In this case I have to wonder how these other paid services that offer the ability to do file requests to Dropbox will survive now that their unique feature is a part of Dropbox.

Have you used services like these to collect files from others? What do you think of them? Would you pay for a service now that Dropbox offers this as part of their features?

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One Response to Dropbox File Requests

  1. Hi. Great wrap up of some of the file request services out there. Looks like your missing one though… https://www.fileinvite.com (here comes the shameless plug :) Fileinvite has over five times the features of all the apps you mentioned above combined! Some features include due dates, upload approval, custom branding, messaging, contact management, auto follow up, and more. It still syncs with Dropbox just like all these, but it’s more of a stand alone File Request solution than just a Dropbox add-on. Worth taking a look :)

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Dropbox File Requests

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