Emily in Vienna, VA asks:
I need to email a very large file to one of my contacts and it keeps bouncing back to me because it’s too large for his in-box. Do you have a solution to this problem?
Most mail servers restrict attachment sizes (incoming and outgoing) to a maximum of 10MB, so it’s best to use an alternate method of delivery if you’re trying to send someone a video file, several photos or a document that will exceed the size restrictions.
There are quite a few free services that allow you to upload the file to their site and then the recipient can retrieve it from there. Here are a few you can check out to decide which one will best suit your needs:
Box.com: Lets you store all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share it from anywhere. It’s a great tool for online collaboration and there are permission options and reporting capabilities to keep your information secure. You’re notified whenever someone reviews content you’ve uploaded
MailBigFile: Allows you to send moderately large files (up to 300 MB) to a single email recipient. A pro version allows for larger files and more downloads
Pando: This service integrates with Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, AIM Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, but it lacks a web interface and can only be used through Mac and Windows clients
SendSpace: Since 2005, SendSpace has assisted users with the secure transfer of large files. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as Android phones and iPhones. You can send a single file up to 300MB for free. Larger files require the Pro or Pro Plus plan
YouSendIt: With the free version, you have 2 gigabytes of storage and can send files up to 50 megabytes in size, but subscription levels are available for bigger jobs. Password protection, commenting feature and document signing critical documents is available and you can use yousendit from Androids and iPhones
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