iCloud's 20GB free ride for MobileMe subscribers comes to an end

iCloud's 20GB free ride for MobileMe subscribers comes to an end

Apple shut down its MobileMe service in 2012 after introducing iCloud to replace it. To give MobileMe users an incentive to migrate to the new service, Apple offered 20GB of free iCloud storage. It's been a year since that happened, and Apple has sent out an e-mail to let iCloud customers know that the complementary period is coming to an end.

As a thank you for being a former MobileMe member, you received a 20 GB complimentary storage upgrade when you moved to iCloud. Your upgrade expires on September 30, 2013.

When it expires, your iCloud storage will be automatically adjusted to the free 5 GB plan...If you exceed your storage plan on September 30, 2013, iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, and iCloud Mail will temporarily stop working.

Apple's built out iCloud to offer more services than MobileMe did, with features like "Documents In the Cloud" syncing for supported applications, making it possible to seamlessly share documents between iOS and OS X devices; Photo Stream and more. The company is offering new iCloud services this fall including iWork for iCloud (currently in public beta), iCloud Photo Sharing, iCloud Keychain and improvements to Find My iPhone.

Upgrading to the paid 20GB plan will cost you $40 per year (that's 25GB after your 5GB of complementary storage space). Apple also offers 50GB for $100 per year. A 10GB for $20 per year plan is also available for users with more limited iCloud storage needs.

For instructions on how to upgrade, see Apple's web site.

Will you be paying for the 20GB upgrade, or is 5GB good enough for now? Do you think Apple's prices are reasonable?

[Editor's note: Updated with info on 10GB plan.]

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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iCloud's 20GB free ride for MobileMe subscribers comes to an end


$100 for 20 GB I think.

And iCloud was introduced in September 2011, so if you migrated right away, we got 2 years of an additional 20 GB free.

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Correct. I almost always got mine for about seventy bucks on Amazon, before Amazon started raising prices on everything and charging tax.

The cloudy email I got says:
> You are currently using 718.61 MB of storage
while my iCloud preferences panel indicates at least 10GB in use. Something is seriously off here….

Peter, I don't know how I could even use up all the 20GB of storage...I've had this amount available to me for a while, being a former MobileMe subscriber, and I use iCloud a lot, and still have only used 7GB as of today. Pictures and Music don't count, so besides putting some PDF's up in Preview on the Mac (which I then can't access on iOS) what else can I do with all this storage?

Documents in the Cloud, backups of your iOS devices, it all adds up. As it stands now, you and I are both going to get charged the $40 fee for going over 5GB. I don't begrudge Apple for charging it, for what it's worth - just figured I should let people know in case they missed the e-mail or deleted it as spam.

I hear you. I've found 10GB is about the sweet spot for paid storage, from other friends and family on iCloud. Personally, I'll never come close to utilizing 40GB of storage on iCloud. Good article, as these MobileMe extensions of storage have faded into memory and time is now up.

Wondering if I'm better served backing up my iOS devices for free in iTunes. Or maybe there's an easier way. But I'm already paying for Evernote and Dropbox. This seems to be overkill.