Last month I wrote about online file storage services that work with smartphones. I find these services like DropBox to be very useful for keeping key files accessible from my variety of computers and smartphones. At the time I did not know about ZumoDrive, which has released new versions of apps for iPhone, Android, and Palm smartphones.
Like the other online services that I wrote about, ZumoDrive provides a folder on the device for storing files, but rather than downloading complete copies of the files, ZumoDrive only stores a pointer to the file on the phone. When you open a file it is downloaded to the device and then opened. The upside to this approach is that if you store a lot of files on ZumoDrive, all those files don’t take up storage space on the phone. The downside to the approach is that if you don’t have Internet connectivity you will not be able to access the files.
ZumoDrive is cheaper than the other online services in my previous article. For $2.99 per month you get 10 GB of storage, and you get 1 GB of storage for free. In comparison, DropBox provides 2 GB of free storage, but the minimum cost for more than 2 GB is $9.99 per month, which gets you 50 GB of storage.
ZumoDrive is a free app for the iPhone, Android, and Palm smartphones and is available in the respective app stores. You will need to sign up for an account on the ZumoDrive web site.