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Verizon to Boost Storage Service

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is about to get more serious about storage for the sake of its broadband customers -- whether they're flying on FiOS or dawdling along with DSL.

The company first offered its file backup and sharing service in late September from its Verizon Surround portal. Today, it provides 5 Gbytes of storage for $5 a month. (See Verizon Adds FiOS TV 'Widgets'.)

But Verizon spokeswoman Bobbi Henson says the carrier will soon offer up to 50 Gbytes of storage for $31 a month. It will also have 10 Gbytes of online storage available for $7, or 20 Gbytes for $13.

"We're doing further development of the sales site, and other options will be available there in the future, once that work is complete," Henson says.

With 100-gigabyte external hard drives now available at retailers for under $100, carriers have been quick to offer cheap and cheerful storage options as easy add-ons to broadband service bundles.

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