Berlin-based STRATO has launched its web storage service in the U.S.
HiDrive Free offers 5 GB of free online storage, joining many other services with similar entry-level offers. The service is offered by STRATO, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom based in Berlin, Germany.
Access is via web browser or apps available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 devices. The service can also be mounted as a local drive and supports Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux.
HiDrive attempts to differentiate itself by using "strict safety measures" that are "goverened by German data privacy law one of the strictest in the world in terms of data protection".
The 5 GB account is free and supports a single user, mobile access and data sharing. 100 GB and 500 GB plans are available for 9.9€ (about $13 USD) and 29.9€ ($38 USD), respectively. The paid packages offer more sharing options including file upload via email or web form and support additional protocols like SMB/CIFS and rsync.
Learn more and sign up at HiDrive.