When Samsung announced the Galaxy S III last month, it revealed that purchases of the phone would come with a free two years of 50GB service on Dropbox cloud storage. Considering that much space normally goes for $99 a year, that sounded like a pretty sweet deal, even with the built-in expiration. As it turns out, though, this offer isn’t being applied consistently across all GS3 versions, and users who buy the phone for AT&T or Verizon will find themselves out of luck.
Dropbox has confirmed on its support page for the deal that “select carriers have opted-out of the promotion on phones otherwise eligible”, and “AT&T and Verizon are among these carriers not currently participating.”
Just why would AT&T and Verizon not want to bring this deal to their subscribers? Would carriers be on the hook for part of the expense of this promotion, footing the bill alongside Samsung? Could AT&T and Verizon have just been concerned over the rise in data traffic they might see from users taking advantage of all this storage space?
Considering how AT&T and Verizon are selling their GS3s for just about the same prices as everyone else (Verizon’s off-contract 16GB model is actually more expensive than the other carriers’), they owe their subscribers an explanation for why they’re getting less value for their money.