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Ex-MobileMe subscribers lose extra iCloud storage

updated 09:39 am EDT, Tue October 1, 2013

iCloud stops working for users over base 5GB tier

In keeping with warnings, Apple has today stripped former MobileMe subscribers of an earlier free upgrade to the 25GB iCloud tier. The upgrade was offered to help ease the transition to iCloud, since MobileMe was a paid-only service that included 20GB of data, or more under a family plan. iCloud has both free and paid tiers, but the free one only includes 5GB. The 25GB option normally costs $40 per year.

Apple cautions that if a person is over the 5GB limit after the transition, they will be unable to use iCloud unless they delete enough data or switch to a sufficient paid plan. Beyond the 5GB and 25GB tiers, people can also choose from 15GB ($20) and 55GB ($100) subscriptions. Upgrades can be made through iCloud's Storage & Backup menu in the iOS Settings app, the Manage section of OS X's iCloud settings, or the iCloud Control Panel in Windows.

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

    Professional Poster

    Joined: 09-17-99

    IMHO, every iOS device you buy should come with enough iCloud storage to back it up. Storage is cheap these days. There's plenty of margin in a 64GB iPad or iPhone to pay for enough backup storage.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    Sure, but what complicates things is that apps don't take up iCloud space, so it really depends on how much user-generated content you're backing up, not the capacity of the iOS device being backed up.

    In other words, it's completely possible for a 128GB iPad filled to the max (say, with a large number of very large, multi-gigabyte apps) to take up less iCloud storage space than a 16GB iPad that is mostly filled with user-generated content (say, 10GB of Pages documents or some such thing).

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