Former MobileMe Customers Receive Free iCloud Storage Extension Until Late 2013


When MobileMe users were asked to transfer over to iCloud over this past year they were provided with complimentary storage provided by Apple. The courtesy storage was meant to be downgraded at the end of September to 5 GB, but Apple has just provided the users with an extension until September 30th, 2013.  This extension applies to anyone who transitioned to iCloud between October 12th, 2011 and August 1st, 2012.

The amount of storage you’re provided with depends on the amount you purchased with MobileMe. Follow the instructions to find out how much storage you have: (via Apple)

  • On an iOS device: Go to Settings > iCloud > Account.
  • On a Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud, then click Manage followed by View Account.
  • On a PC: Open the iCloud Control Panel for Windows, then click Manage followed by View Account.

If you already paid to extend your iCloud storage you will not be granted a refund; the expansion will last until September 30th, 2013. Regardless, this was a very classy move by Apple. I would never deny a freebie!

Are you one of those users who received an extension? Let us know.

Update 1: Here’s the email Apple has sent former MobileMe customers:

Dear Scott ______,
When you moved your MobileMe account to iCloud, we provided you with a complimentary storage upgrade beyond the standard 5GB that comes with an iCloud account to help you with the transition. Originally, this storage upgrade was set to expire on September 30, 2012.
As a thank you to our former MobileMe members, we will continue to provide you with this complimentary storage upgrade at no charge, for an additional year, until September 30, 2013. No action is required on your part. For complete details, please read this article.
Thank you again for using iCloud,
iCloud Team


  • Geoffrey

    I got the extension. Class act all the way.

  • mrideas

    Just checked my iCloud was extended too.

  • T33BS

    I liked what was showing before this ‘freebie’. Mine was showing the same membership was set to expire in the year 2050. Now THAT had to be a present from Jobs…

  • Got the same email 🙂 I agree very classy move by Apple

  • eason

    well…this won’t change me for using iCloud as my iphone backup destination and document on the cloud, cause after a free year, i’m sure i’ll get use to it and i’ll have to pay for the extra storage =P

  • That’s what I’m wrestling with right now as well. I’ve held off on backing up to iCloud because I didn’t want to get used to the extra space (apparently an iCloud backup of my phone would require 14GB) when backing up to my computer works just fine. However this would be nice to use, and if they’d stuck with the 2050 expiry date I would definitely have started using it, but I’m back-and-forth about using it now. Will the default storage capacity go up or the upgrade pricing go down by this time next year? I’m torn. Maybe I’m just too cheap. 🙁

  • MacHead

    Apple probably ran the numbers and soon realized that they would have to start charging credit cards or removing data for a whole lot of people. It would be their right to do so, but what a mess that would be. Besides the trend is leaning toward giving space away and a year from now that might be the new policy at Apple.