After Photobucket went and dumped on everyone using their original free hosting service from a great height a year or so ago I vowed never to use them again. What a way to ru(i)n a business.
Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand their need to make money as a business but to be originally offered free-hosting for things like linking images to other sites, to then unilaterally withdraw access/links by essentially holding cutting off those links and charging around £400 a year for the same service is utterly insane from a brand and business point of view.
If I had been approached before that situation arose and said they really needed to start charging for such hosting services at such and such a rate going forward (whilst honouring their historical deal for those already hosted free) then I would certainly looked at that potential offer with an even mind. Okay - to go from zero cost to £400 per year is more than a little cheeky - what really damns them is the way they held everyone to ransom. So many historical posts across this and other forums were rendered unreadable.
After doing some research (avoiding “free” services) I switched to Smugmug (only around £70pa incl VAT) and so far so fab. Recommended.