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.]