I just got the following promotion from BitsDuJour and StackSocial recently. It’s for “SkyHub Cloud Unlimited Backup: Lifetime Subscription” priced at a whopping one time payment of $89. I haven’t signed up or used this service, but I was curious…who are these people? And how can they offer lifetime backup for the cost of a 1tb external hard drive? I finally found the answer.
Who Is SkyHub Cloud and Web-Backup.net, Anyways?
I’ll make this quick and painless. It turns out that SkyHub Cloud doesn’t own the platform they’re selling. They are reselling the Zoolz.com backup service. I can’t even take credit for this discovery. I owe that to @tripp’s comment at AndroidAuthority.com. Look at the proof below.
Link to the PDF: Zoolz Reseller Quick Start
Inside the PDF above, Zoolz.com explains how to customize your “web-backup.net” sub domain so it looks like it’s your own company. Guess what the login link is for SkyHub Cloud? It’s https://skyhub.web-backup.net/signin.
The Potential Problem with SkyHub Cloud
So, if you’re buying this for a “lifetime” subscription from SkyHub, please keep in mind that SkyHub needs to keep paying Zoolz for your service to remain active. If they don’t, you can find yourself -and all your files- terminated from using the Zoolz backup service. Now, Zoolz might have a contingency plan for that scenario, but I’m sure it’s not as cheap as $89/lifetime access. In fact, Zoolz prices are more realistic.
So how exactly does SkyHub plan to offer $89/lifetime accounts if Zoolz is charging $360/yr for 1TB? I don’t know. And unless they can explain the math, I don’t see how SkyHub can remain in business for more than 1-2 years. Due to this risk, I recommend you perform due diligence before investing in the SkyHub Cloud Unlimited Backup Lifetime Subscription Plan. One last thing, in case you’re curious, the SkyHub Cloud website was created on February 7th, 2015. I’ll be watching closely on February 8th, 2016 to see if they’re still around.