Continuing the company’s efforts to transition existing MobileMe users away from the now-defunct service to iCloud, Apple has extended the deadline for customers to take advantage of free iCloud storage amounting to 20GB. MobileMe users with 20GB or more of files have had access to 20GB of free iCloud storage for months, with the extra storage space set to expire in June of 2012. After the deadline, users transitioning away from MobileMe have the option to purchase the 20GB iCloud plan for $20 per year or default to the free 5GB plan.
In an update to its FAQ page, Apple has quietly extended the free storage deadline from June to September of 2012.
MobileMe members with 20GB of purchased storage receive a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade of 20GB, and accounts with additional purchased storage (40GB to 60GB) receive a complimentary upgrade of 50GB after moving to iCloud. These free upgrades are good through September 30th, 2012. After that date, you can continue the upgrade at the regular price or let it expire and use the free 5GB plan.
The 5GB of free iCloud storage is used only by email, documents, and backup data. If you want to store your purchased music, apps, books, TV shows, movies, and Photo Stream photos in iCloud, you’ll need to buy a larger storage plan. Your iCloud storage can be upgraded easily in the Settings app of your iOS device under iCloud > Storage & Backup.