Online storage providers have traditionally given users free 2gb of space as a sort of loss leader in the hope that over time they will burst through the barrier and buy into a premium service – well, that’s what has happened in my case.

SugarSync has just blown that scenario out of the water by offering a substantial 5gb of free space, a move that will surely have others follow suit to stop a migration from their own services. If you are an existing SugarSync 2gb user don’t worry, you will get upgraded to 5gb automatically.

In a press release SugarSync stated: “SugarSync file sync, online backup and file sharing service, today announced it has more than doubled its free service offering, and unveiled a new, free 5 GB plan. The upgraded plan allows consumers to manage their important data, anytime, anywhere, and now from any device.

With the most generous, free sync-and-share offering for the Personal Cloud, consumers can securely backup and instantly access all of their most important files—thousands of documents, photos, songs, or other valued content—from any device they choose, regardless of their operating system or handset preference.

“Statistics show people’s storage needs double every two years so this larger plan is better suited for today’s mobile consumer,” said Laura Yecies, SugarSync CEO. “We believe our free 5 GB service will give consumers a true taste of how SugarSync can support their fast-growing digital lives by managing their data in their own Personal Cloud. This is by far the most robust free, Cloud-based service for consumers on the market.”