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Verizon to Go into the Cloud Storage Biz

The Verizon Cloud will roll out the service soon, starting with Android and moving on to iOS

Verizon Wireless is going into the cloud storage business for tablets and smartphones up against the likes of Dropbox.

It ultimately expects to let customers transfer information between operating systems.

The Verizon Cloud will roll out the service soon, starting with Android and moving on to iOS and then other operating systems later this year.

Verizon would like to see consumers install the upcoming secure app on all their devices including Windows computers so they can upload content and sync it in the cloud.

The company reasons that the content on the widgets is "more valuable than the device itself" and that it can give folks, for some reason all too careless with their widgets, a place to go to restore this content if they lose the device.

The widgetry will be able to handle text messages, call logs, contacts, music, multimedia and other files up to 125GB of storage.

Users can start with 500MB of free storage, enough to back up contacts, text messages and digital essentials. More - like for photos and music - will come at a monthly fee: $2.99/month for 25GB; $5.99/month for 75GB and $9.99/month for 125GB. Verizon said individual storage consumption will vary but did not indicate pay-for-use pricing.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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