An alternative to iCloud and Google Photos for Beeline subscribers

Recently, more and more manufacturers are refusing to support memory cards, and some, like Apple, have never practiced such a thing. Formally, manufacturers are justified by the fact that they care about user experience. Like, smartphone owners save money and install the cheapest low-speed memory cards, and then complain that the smartphone slows down and blame the manufacturer. So it is, or is it just a cunning move to force the buyer to pay more, no one admits.

Cloud services have become an alternative to memory cards, allowing you to upload all photos and videos to the clouds, which are often the main “absorbers” of free space on the drive. Apple’s iCloud was especially popular with iPhone owners.

In a new press release on the possibilities of the Cloud Beeline cloud service, Beeline highlights the possibility of replacing iCloud with its service. And, of course, along the way, the story may be of interest to Android users who have been trying to find an alternative to Google Photos for a long time.

Let’s try to explore the possibilities of the service and evaluate its pros and cons for both iPhone and Android users.

It’s probably worth starting with the fact that Cloud Beeline servers and other infrastructure are stored in Russia. Accordingly, you can not be afraid of blocking or access problems.

Beeline also claims that all data is stored in encrypted form.

Registration in the cloud occurs by phone number. And here is another important point that is worth paying attention to. Of course, anyone can download the application, but first of all it is intended for Beeline subscribers, since for them traffic when uploading and downloading files over the mobile network is not charged.

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Application overview

The app can be downloaded from the official Apple and Google stores. The first thing you pay attention to is the minimum size of the application. For comparison, “Yandex.Disk”, Mail Ru disk or Dropbox “weigh” 1.5 – 4 times more. Excess “weight” often means an abundance of unnecessary advertising services and offers.

At the beginning, there are several screens for an overview of the functions and features of the application.

The application interface is clean and concise. Everything is intuitive. Main tabs: “Photos”, “Contacts”, “Files” and “More”. The “Files” tab is for storing any documents, drafts, archives.

Photos and videos from the smartphone gallery will be stored in the “Photos” tab. And if you turn on the “Auto upload” option, then the photos will fly to the “Cloud” immediately after shooting.

The “Contacts” tab will help you always have your address book at hand – either when setting up a new smartphone or when working on a computer.

On the “More” tab, you can set up family sharing. A convenient option if you want to create a common account for all family members. You can also configure application protection there. By default, the application opens just like that, but you can set a pin code or unlock Touch ID.

Interestingly, only the Android version has a junk cleanup option. In this case, the option to delete photos uploaded to the cloud will be most useful.

Bonus for iPhone owners and Google Drive migrants

For iPhone owners. The app has an autoload feature. This means that immediately after the “shutter click” of the camera, the image immediately enters the Beeline Cloud, and photos and videos from iCloud will be uploaded to the service, even if the originals are not stored in the device’s memory.

For other users. Online in the profile settings section, you can import any files from Dropbox. It also imports from Google Drive.

Perhaps, here we can once again remind you that Beeline subscribers do not charge traffic. Accordingly, it will be possible to unload the same iCloud without spending the entire Internet package.

About prices

By default, the user is given 5 GB free of charge. Apparently, they took a bad example from iCloud. I read the reviews in both app stores: the most indignation is precisely because of the free limit.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to take the side of the people. This is still a business, and 5 GB is like tasting promotions in a store. And given the shortage of capacities that arose due to well-known events, it is generally surprising how the Beeline is holding up. There “MegaDisk” from “MegaFon” was recently closed, and there the free limit was generally 2 GB.

The rates look surprisingly good. So, Apple asked 150 rubles for 200 GB and 600 rubles for 2 TB. Beeline offers 250 GB for 150 rubles, and 500 GB for 240 rubles. Unfortunately, Beeline has a maximum cloud size of 1 TB, but the price is good: 360 rubles per month.

Speaking about prices, you should remember a side bonus – unlimited traffic to work with the cloud. A few months ago, I would not have paid attention to this chip, but not now, when tariffs with unlimited mobile Internet have disappeared.

Accordingly, now unlimited traffic is one of the main advantages compared to other cloud services. You can, of course, get a terabyte on Yandex, but it will be a home cloud that requires Wi-Fi for full operation.

The average Internet package in ordinary tariffs is 20-30 GB, premium tariffs provide 50-60 GB of traffic. For comparison, 2 minutes of 4K video is 1 GB. Weekend trip to the suburbs – about 5 GB of photos and videos. Accordingly, if you spend mobile Internet on the cloud, then you need at least a tariff for 100 GB.

About cons

After using the service a little, I found a couple of minuses, one of which, in my opinion, Beeline can easily fix.

iCloud had a nice feature: built-in algorithms recognized faces in photos. And you could find all the photos with Petya or Vasya. And Google Photos was able to group objects by geolocation. Accordingly, having gone to the sea and uploaded the photo, I subsequently saw the Sochi album. Considering that many smartphones now have similar functions, I believe Beeline could easily add something similar or even create a contextual search (like I typed in the word “tree”, and you have all the photos where there are trees).

Another little thing: iCloud allowed you to synchronize notes as well. And it was a handy feature that allowed you to start working on your smartphone and continue on your laptop.

However, no third-party cloud can do this. It needs 100% integration into the Apple ecosystem, or you need to create your own Notes application. But why bother, it’s easier to download Notion or Microsoft OneNote, which work for free everywhere and always (but, like iCloud, it is not known how long they will last).


Summing up, we can say that Beeline Cloud is an excellent service for Beeline subscribers, especially for those who use the iPhone. Unlimited traffic and an affordable price make Beeline Cloud an almost obligatory alternative to iCloud for those who need to use the service on the go, and not in the privacy of their home Wi-Fi.

Of course, the service still has room for development. You can tie artificial intelligence to sort photos in the cloud (so that grandma, when entering the cloud, immediately goes to the “Grandchildren” folder, and does not scroll through all the photos). Well, if Beeline aims to become a 100% alternative for users of the Apple ecosystem, then you can think about a separate application for a MacBook.

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