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FreeDrive Adds Service Offerings for a Price

Targeting users who desire more storage space and functionality, Chicago-based FreeDrive Inc. has introduced subscription-based services on its consumer Web site.

The new subscription-based offerings, FD SmartDrive and FD PowerDrive, give users expanded storage space, public sharing privileges, wireless access, an improved version of FD Desktop, and a Lookup List (address book) that makes folder sharing easier and allows the ability to assign access levels to individual users.

"FreeDrive still is free for the majority of our users," said Jack Sandner, FreeDrive's chairman and CEO. "But many of our users are requesting more storage space and functionality. These new subscription-based offerings allow us to satisfy their requests while continuing to serve all of our customers."

The company offers three levels of service:

-- FD TestDrive accounts are free of charge to current FreeDrive users with 0 to 20 megabytes of information stored in their accounts. They will have limited access to public file sharing functions.

-- FD SmartDrive accounts are $4.95 per month for 65 megabytes of storage space, 325 megabytes of downloads per day, and limited access to public sharing functions.

-- FD PowerDrive accounts are $9.95 per month for 150 megabytes of storage space, 750 megabytes of downloads per day, and unlimited access to public sharing functions.

In addition to the new subscriptions, FreeDrive also announced FD Chat, a free feature that enables all FreeDrive users to chat with each other in real time, facilitating a global FreeDrive community.

Last month, FreeDrive launched FD Burn, a service in which, for a fee, users may specify FreeDrive files they'd like transferred to a CD-ROM, eliminating the need to purchase a CD burner. FreeDrive then transfers the files to a CD and ships the disk to the user.