Sony Ericsson has announced - and then temporarily backtracked from - a partnership with cloud company Box.net, first revealing that buyers of its Android smartphones would get 50GB free storage before clarifying that the offer wasn't ready for primetime. According to a hastily yanked post on the Sony Ericsson blog, simply by downloading the Box.net app smartphone users would get 50GB of space to store video, music, documents and other files.
However, Sony Ericsson followed up with a clarification that the deal wasn't quite ready, and admitted that the announcement post had gone up mistakenly. "While we're really excited about working with Box down the road, this offer is not active today" the company wrote today. "We are in the midst of finalising the details of this promotion and are working to provide this offer very soon to all Xperia customers."
The deal echoes - or at least will echo, when Sony Ericsson re-launches it - a previous offer Box.net arranged with HP, giving TouchPad buyers 50GB of free storage. As with the HP deal, Sony Ericsson users will be able to keep their cloud space even if they change phones, access it from other devices and generally use it as if they'd paid for an upgrade themselves.
HTC announced a similar deal with Dropbox earlier this year. However, HTC buyers only get 5GB of storage on their phone or tablet, a tenth of what Sony Ericsson will offer.
[via Android Community]