December 24, 2012, 2:45 PM — You've got a gigantic photo and video library. You need somewhere to store and back them up (or perhaps want to switch from Instagram). Flickr wants to be your online photo service of choice, so the photo and video sharing site is offering three months of unlimited uploads and more Pro features for free. Grab it while you can.
Flickr Pro normally costs $6.95 for 3 months (or $24.95 a year). It upgrades the free Flickr subscription in many respects. The free account only lets you upload 300MB a month, view your 200 most recent photos, post in up to 10 groups, download smaller/resized images of your originals, and upload up to 2 videos a month. With the pro account, you have unlimited uploads and viewing of your photos and videos, plus you can download original/hi-res photos and post in up to 60 groups. Oh, and there's also no ads and account stats.
After you download all your Instagram photos, you can upload them to Flickr.
If you don't want to pay for Flickr Pro later on, you can cancel before the 3 months is over. If you ever decide to go Pro after that, you can upgrade your account again and all your photos will still be there, which is a pretty wonderful thing. You could use Flickr as your media backup in this sense.
Already a Flickr Pro subscriber? No worries. Sign up for the holiday gift promotion just as a new user would and get your subscription extended for three more months.
This deal expires January 4th, so grab it while you can at http://www.flickr.com/holidaygift. Happy holidays!