Comcast Gives the Gift of Storage: Does Anyone Want That?

Like the aunt who always gave you underwear at Christmas, Comcast (s cscma) is offering an unwanted (although useful) service for customers. It’s giving its users access to automatic online storage through a partnership with Mozy (s emc). Qwest (s q) and Verizon (s vz) also have a similar online backup services, but it’s not clear how many consumers want a storage service from their ISP.

Like ISP email addresses, how many people really will use such a service on a regular basis? Based on an admittedly unscientific poll of our readers a month ago, only 10 percent of readers wanted storage services from their ISP. Here is Comcast’s pricing for backup:

  • 2 GB free with broadband subscription
  • 50 GB for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year
  • 200 GB for$9.99 a month or $99.99 per year

Comcast helpfully tells people that with 2 GB of storage, a person could store one of the following: 200 high-resolution photos, 480 music files, one standard definition movie file or 10,000 average MS Word documents. Readers, what’s your take?

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