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A year or two of huge/unlimited amounts of storage works really good to lure new customerssuckers in. After they've spend 6 months uploading several terabytes of data a lot of them will end up sticking around when you start charging enough to cover your actual storage costs to support them rather than have their internet snarled for several months again and be backupless during the transition period.

The several GB of free storage that companies like Dropbox offer is provided for similar reasons. A free tier thats cost to the provider is low enough that it remaining free indefinitely works great as a teaser offer; and enough people will decide that switching around everything that's integrated with it at some point in the future is too much of a PITA if they grow beyond the free tier or want to use it for a purpose that the free tier doesn't permit. (And Dropbox's $100/year for $100 GB is a license to print money even with heavy redundancy in the data center; so they can support a lot of free users 2gb accounts for each paying customer they have.)
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