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.

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