According to a report from Bloomberg, online storage company Dropbox has inked a deal with Softbank Corp and Sony Ericsson that should help it expand its user base into both Asia and Europe.
For starters, the Softbank partnership will mean that Dropbox is to be preloaded on two Android handsets in Japan. Softbank will be providing an additional two gigabytes of storage free, on top of the two gigabytes that Dropbox already provides. The Dropbox model provides paid options for users to upgrade to more storage if they choose.
Softbank was recently ranked 13th on a Wireless Intelligence’s global ranking of mobile operators according to revenue. But at the recent Global Mobile Internet Conference, the company’s EVP Ted Matsumoto stated that Softbank aspires to be the number one mobile internet service provider on the planet.
Dropbox has more than a few fans in Japan already as the service was used by a number of people to share information and host improvised websites in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
We have reached out to our contact at Softbank this morning for more details about the nature of the Dropbox partnership, but we have yet to receive a reply.