Apple warns ex MobileMe users of September 30 iCloud storage downgrade

By , Aug 1, 2013

MobileMe to icloud

Apple’s troubled MobileMe online services suite was officially shut down on this day a year ago. Following the iCloud announcement back in the summer of 2011, Apple originally told MobileMe users they could keep their current storage, in addition to the five free gigabytes of iCloud storage to help with the transition.

As the August 1, 2012 deadline was approaching, Apple had changed its mind and extended MobileMe users’ complimentary iCloud storage upgrade to another year. As that plan is now set to expire on September 30, the iPhone maker has started emailing former MobileMe account holders to inform them of the impending iCloud storage downgrade…

Jordan Golson of MacRumors received the following communique from Apple.

As a thank you for being a former MobileMe member, you received a 20GB 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.

The message goes on to inform the user about their current iCloud storage use and cautions that “if you exceed your storage plan on September 30, 2013, iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud and iCloud Mail will temporarily stop working”.

The remedy is simple: either reduce the amount of iCloud storage being used or upgrade your iCloud storage plan to one of the paid tiers by September 30, Apple writes.

iCloud upgrades are available in 10/20/50GB buckets, priced at $20/$40/$100 a year.

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  • Al

    I’m a user of MobileMe, well.. I was. But I would have liked if Apple give MobileMe users 10 GBs due to riding them through the up and down service for $100.

    Apple given MobileMe users 20 GBs for the past 2 or 3 years, but I think it woulda been better for a increased storage of 10 GBs instead of the 5 GBs in the initial plan.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Funny that people actually pay for such a restrictive online storage when stuff like Dropbox is available…

    • dpacemaker

      Dropbox costs money also. I have a free Dropbox account of 5gigs. I use that solely for camera backups, but my wife’s phone, our iPads, and my kids iPods all go to one cloud. I pay for the 10gbs it’s 15 after the free 5 you get. It’s perfect, and I can customize it for each device. Dropbox is a one track mind. I can’t adjust it for each device.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        I got 12 GB from Dropbox for free…. Dropbox runs circle around iCloud..

      • dpacemaker

        Good for you, I didn’t see that promotion. I wish I would have.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        You can easily increase your Dropbox by referring…. You can get up to extra 16 Gigabytes of free space…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s all very good and all but how do you use Dropbox to backup your idevices? As far as I know it is impossible unless you are backing up to iTunes on your PC or Mac and then uploading the backups to Dropbox (for the record one or two steps more than what is required when using iCloud). iCloud might be restricted but at least it’s simple and automatic.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        i wasn’t talking about backing idevices to Dropbox… I was talking about how much free storage you can get from dropbox…
        It’s impossible backup idevices because Apple won’t allow it.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Uhm, you can actually use PkgBackup to backup your idevice to Dropbox. Then again, you’ll have to free that expensive brick from Apple’s greedy limitations…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I completely forgot about PkgBackup. I used to use it but stopped as it broke iCloud.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Shame on Apple…. Yahoo gives away 1 Tera-byte of free photo storage on Flickr, and Apple takes away 15GB of the 20GB they gave to customers…

    As the biggest tech company and the most financially sound company you should’ve thought beyond money…

    #TypicalApple

  • solidsephiroth

    I just checked my phone and it says that I have 4.5Gs left. I think I’ll be fine.