iTWire - AOL to offer 5GB online storage, free

AOL is to offer 5GB of online storage free to all users, with no charge for upload or download data, at a time when, analysts say, the company 'badly needs to re-invent itself.

AOL is touting the service as storage offering that will 'allow users to back up important files like photos, documents, music, videos, and more.' Users will be able to access their files from any PC or mobile device with a Web connection, share them with others by granting file/folder permission, move them via easy drag-and-drop tools and auto-upload any e-mail attachments they receive via major providers (including AOL Mail, AIM Mail, or any non-AOL POP3 or IMAP-compatible mail providers).

The service will be available to any users with an AOL or AIM screenname starting in early September. A premium service with 50GB of storage will also be available.