Former MobileMe Users Find Free 20GB iCloud Storage Extended Until 2050

Former MobileMe Users Find Free 20GB iCloud Storage Extended Until 2050

When Apple was doing its damnedest to kick people out of MobileMe in June this year and get them to use iCloud instead, one of the incentives they gave the soon-to-be disposessed was a free offer that former MobileMe members would get 20GB of iCloud storage gratis, instead of the 5GB Apple gives the rest of us suckers. But it was only for a limited time, until September 30, 2012.

Looks like Apple may have extended their offer, though. Some iCloud usersare now noticing that they’ve got 25GB of iCloud storage to play around with until September 30, 2050, when their free 20GB should have been snatched away from them yesterday. Even more interesting is that some non-MobileMe users are seeing the same deal, and have found themselves getting a free 20GB bump in storage.

You can see if you’ve had the same luck by going to Settings > iCloud > Account on your iOS device. Regular iCloud users who haven’t signed up for more storage should only see a Free 5GB plan, but some former MobileMe users (and, weirdly, even some people who never used MobileMe, according to TUAW) are seeing an additional 20GB attached to their free 5GB plan, which won’t expire for another thirty eight years.

There clearly seems to be a bug in Apple’s MobileMe transitioning process, which is somehow catching some users who never made the MobileMe-to-iCloud jump in its net as well as failing to take away the 20GB MobileMe users were promised at the alotted time.

One thing I think is very unlikely, as TUAW suggests, is that Apple is giving people 20GB of free iCloud storage space to apologize for iOS 6 Maps. Maybe they should, but that’s not what this is.

Did you get a free 20GB of iCloud space from Apple? Is your free 20GB from MobileMe still working? Let us know in the comments.

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  • robert_walter

    No free upgrade here. Never a MobileMe user, but a 20$/10MB/yr iCloud upgrade sub. Already feeling envious, if others get a cap bump or long term extension, I’m gonna become jealous.

  • Bilbo_Biscotti

    I’m a former MobileMe customer, and did get this extension. I just completed a backup, so it’s apparently working. I wasn’t looking forward to spending the $40 just to back up devices, but I’m cautiously optimistic until I hear an explanation from Apple as to what’s going on.

  • Chris Davies

    I have been using things since iTools days and I do have the extension until 2050.

  • avonord

    I got MobileMe before and yea, got the extension.

  • Nick Platt

    Got my Extension!!! :)

  • ricardogaspar

    I was a MobileMe user and I still have my 25GB until 2050. It’s 4pm where I live and its still active. If this is a bug, its a good one…

  • joshualee519

    I was a MobileMe member and I’ve still got my extension! The best way to check is from your mac…

    System Preferences>iCloud>Manage>Change Storage Plan>Downgrade Options

    You should then be able to see the date your current plan expires. Mine is set to downgrade to the 5GB plan on 09/30/50.

    I hope it sticks!

  • kjmey

    This is NOT FREE, its a change to a $ 40 storage plan, that ends in 2050.
    I am a Mobileme customer and got the free 20 GB extension when Apple made the switch from MobileMe to iCloud. I did not receive the expected announcement from Apple about the downgrade to the free basic 5 GB service due for Sept. 30.
    Since I am using less than 1 GB of iCloud storage, I definitely do not want to be automatically switched to a costly storage plan, and I definitely do not want to be bound to such a plan for 38 years. The iCloud system preference lets me NOT downgrade to the free 5 GB plan at all. This option is greyed out, only a downgrade to the 10 GB plan is accessible – but only when the 20 GB storage plan ends in 2050 !!!

  • murdocke

    Former MobileMe User 20GB iCloud Storage til 30/09/50 just like this article (Y) let’s hope.. lol

  • murdocke
    This is NOT FREE, its a change to a $ 40 storage plan, that ends in 2050.
    I am a Mobileme customer and got the free 20 GB extension when Apple made the switch from MobileMe to iCloud. I did not receive the expected announcement from Apple about the downgrade to the free basic 5 GB service due for Sept. 30.
    Since I am using less than 1 GB of iCloud storage, I definitely do not want to be automatically switched to a costly storage plan, and I definitely do not want to be bound to such a plan for 38 years. The iCloud system preference lets me NOT downgrade to the free 5 GB plan at all. This option is greyed out, only a downgrade to the 10 GB plan is accessible – but only when the 20 GB storage plan ends in 2050 !!!

    It’s either free or a bug as I’m on the 20GB still and my downgrade option that I selected was 10GB which has not come into effect.

  • asura

    I’ve got it!!!

  • Brad Braddels Mace

    i was a mobile me user but didn’t get any extension

  • barryson

    Yea I got mine too

  • SupaMac

    Actually, the easier way to check is with the iPhone as Brownlee wrote in the article. 3 steps versus 5.

    I was a MobileMe member and I’ve still got my extension! The best way to check is from your mac…

    System Preferences>iCloud>Manage>Change Storage Plan>Downgrade Options

    You should then be able to see the date your current plan expires. Mine is set to downgrade to the 5GB plan on 09/30/50.

    I hope it sticks!

  • Tom Creasey

    I was a MobileMe member and I appear to have 25GB and it expires on 30/09/2050. Interesting…

  • Florian Gabsteiger

    former MobileMe customer, iPhone says the plan lasts until 2050 :)

  • ScotHibb

    What makes my Junk itch is that they can’t throw us multiple device users a bone! WTF Apple? I pre-ordered Gen-3 iPad 64GB, pre-ordered and PAID FULL PRICE FOR iPhone 5 64GB ($924 incl tax), and have the same for my wife (only 32GB on the phone, she’s not an app and music nut like me), and even kept an iPad 2 for the kids to play with….AND I SHARE 5GB of iCloud space with THREE DEVICES (since the girls are 2yo and 6yo I don’t let them have their own apple ID, maybe I’ll change that). I think that for every device you should get a bump up in iCloud free space, even if it’s just an additional 2.5GB (though it should be 5GB per device). If it wasn’t such a pain with app sharing i would have separate apple IDs for my iPad and iPhone.

  • Rico1016

    Like other Mobile Me subscribers, I got the bump to 2050, while I expected to be bumped down (or prompted to pay up.) I had the Family Subscription as I was managing email accounts for my family and my elderly parents, and I had just renewed when iCloud was announced. I was happy to get the extra storage till yesterday, and will be happier still if I can live to 2050 to revisit this choice!

  • Pi-Chin Bianca Wang

    I got the extension to 2050 and I was a dotMac and MobileMe subscriber before. Thanks Apple!

  • Tallest_Skill

    I, too, received the 2050 extension. Yet I never purchased a MobileMe account. Interesting.

    RIP Steve Jobs.

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