Box.net is quite a handy service, especially for businesses. Today’s modern tech-savvy company needs all the advantages it can get. That’s where cloud computing comes in. Sign up for a Box.net account and your team can upload their documents, projects, and other assorted files in one central location that everyone can use. It’s pretty convenient for individuals, too. It’s good to have a backup of your files in case something happens to them.
That’s why we at TechNorms were so excited to hear about the recent promotion Box.net was running. (We’ve previously written about how to get 50 GB storage on your iOS Devices) Sign up for an account on an LG or Xperia phone and you can get a super extended free account. Normally free users only get up to 5 gigabytes (GB) of data free. However, sign up on an LG phone and that 5 suddenly becomes 50 free GB of storage.
That’s a pretty generous promotion. Too bad it’s only for LG phones, right? Please. This is Android and you can virtually accomplish anything you want on this platform. As usual, the good folks at XDA Developers have already figured out a way for everyone to get in on the free promotion. With a little creativity and a $1 app, you can get a free 50 GB of online storage. Provided you sign up before March 31, 2012.
Since this is legally questionable, we remind you that this guide is strictly for informational purposes. We cannot recommend that you fool Box.net into giving you free storage… but if you wanted to do so, here’s how.
How To Get 50GB Box.net Storage on Android
Things You’ll Need to Get Started
Root access (if you’re not rooted, see our Android Rooting Guide)
Build Prop Editor app for Android ($1)
Step by Step
Once all the requisite apps have been installed, open Build Prop Editor and grant it root access. This is so it can write to /build.prop, the part of the Android file system that identifies your phone by brand and model.
Before doing any sort of hacking into the Android system, always make a backup. Build Prop Editor lets you save a backup of your /build.prop file to the SD card. This backup worked perfectly fine for us, but to be totally safe you can make a Nandroid backup. If you don’t know how to do that, see our guide on Nandroids.
Save a backup of your /build.prop file before doing anything. Now tap the “Open” button and choose the folder labeled /build.prop. You should see a screen filled with lines of text. These are the system attributes of your phone.
Scroll down and tap ro.product.manufacturer. This part of the file identifies the phone’s manufacturer. Choose “Manual Entry” and enter into the text box “LGE.” Obviously, don’t include the quotation marks.
Similarly, ro.product.model has to be changed. Tap that and choose “Manual Entry” again. Now enter in “VS910 4G” and hit OK. That should do it.
Now press the Menu key and hit Save. This writes your changes to the file itself. Exit out of the app and reboot your phone entirely. This is necessary for the changes to take effect.
Once the phone is rebooted, open the Box app. Sign up for a new account. If everything works, you should get a message congratulating you on owning an LG phone and thus gain a free 50 GB of storage. This is your cue to laugh at the gullible Box.net app.
Now that you have your free 50 GB account, the phone doesn’t have to pretend to be an LG device. To take of the disguise, reopen the Build Prop Editor app. Tap the “Restore from SD Card” button, exit the app, and reboot. If all goes well, the phone is back to normal.
The service itself is pretty good. It’s exactly what it sounds like- upload your files, access them anywhere. Whether business or personal, having a free 50 GB of storage is never a bad thing.
The only real issue is the upload limits. Users can only upload 10 GB a month. Out of those 10 GB, no individual file can be greater than 100 megabytes (MB).
The size limits are annoying, but there is a way around it. Download Winrar, which lets you compress files into .rar archives. Compress the files you wish to upload via Winrar. However, the program lets you split up the files into smaller pieces.
That’s how you avoid the 100 MB limit. When we uploaded an old PC game (Bastion), we split the archive into separate pieces of 99 MB apiece. Don’t expect the upload to finish quickly, either. Uploading large files takes time. But with 50GB of high-quality free storage, there is little room for complaining.
Have you signed up for Box.net? Did this trick work for you as well? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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