A few weeks ago, it was announced that Dropbox would be teaming up with HTC to once again, offer HTC customers loads of bonus storage — 23 extra GB’s of online storage to be exact — simply for buying any one of the upcoming HTC One line of devices. A generous offer, indeed. Looking a gift horse straight in the mouth, some crafty devs over on XDA managed to crack the app, spoofing the HTC One X on any Android device under the sun. This means you could have a Samsung Galaxy S II, and still receive this promotional offer. Sneaky.
Well, it didn’t take long for Dropbox to catch wind of these efforts and a few days ago they released this statement in their forums:
The official Dropbox 23GB HTC promotion will not start until sometime early this month, when the devices are released. To earn the extra 23GB of extra Dropbox space you will need to link your HTC Sense 4.0 device to your Dropbox account and complete “Get Started.”
The method to earn 23GB that is being circulated on the XDA Developers forum and on other blogs and forums is illegitimate. We plan to remove any space received using this method.
Downloading apps from unknown sources is not a good idea, as they might have been modified to include malicious code. We strongly recommend that you only install the Android Dropbox app via Google Play (formerly known as the the Android Market) or from official download links on Dropbox.com.
I hope this helps.
Dropbox wasn’t too clear on their exact methods for catching all the perpetrators, but for all those who took advantage of this cracked app, just know that your days are numbered. And shame on you. Shaaaaame…