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Get 10 TB (!) of free online storage from China’s Tencent service

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There’s one true fact in technology – you can never ever have too much storage space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a megabyte, gigabyte or petabyte, we’re going to fill it up with millions of photos of cute kittens and videos of our last birthday party that no-one will ever watch. Sensing this reality, the giant Chinese Internet service Tencent has decided to step up and make the world an offer it can’t refuse.

The company is now offering 10 TB (yes that’s terabytes!) of free online storage space to anyone who signs up for their mobile messaging app QQ, which is more space than anyone ever knew existed in one place on the planet. You can access the Weiyun 10TB promo page here.

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We tested out this amazing Tencent Cloud promotion to make sure the offer was real, and it most certainly is. You have to go through a pretty elaborate installation process to get your 10 terabyte account, including signing up for the Tencent QQ messenger on your phone to get a verification ID, as well as downloading the Cloud app on your handset, but once you’re done, you will be the proud owner of more space than the Library of Congress.

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There’s a small stipulation though, in that you won’t be able to access all 10 terabytes in one go, the service will add additional gigabytes organically as you fill up the space you get initially. Which means you’ll need to find thousands of gigabytes of kitten clips to upload if you’re ever going to get the full allocation. But time will find a way, we’re sure.

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The service is also pretty slick (once you get used to the occasional smattering of Chinese here and there, which haven’t yet been translated for a global audience). There’s file moving, sharing and folder creation baked in, and it all runs impressively fast. We uploaded, selected files to share and everything worked as advertised.

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However that Chinese text does need to go, because it’s a little disconcerting when it pops up. But hey, the offer has only been open a few days, and it’s real and it’s great.

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Grab it now before someone realizes they put the decimal point in the wrong place in the original marketing documents and rescinds the offer in a panic. [Via]

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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