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Apple Extends MobileMe’s 20 GB Free Upgrade to iCloud Until September 30

As noted by Macotakara (via AppleInsider), Apple has quietly extended the free period of 20 GB of iCloud storage given to previous MobileMe subscribers until September 30, 2012. When Apple started transitioning customers from MobileMe to iCloud last year, they noted MobileMe services would stop functioning on June 30, 2012, providing detailed instructions for users to migrate accounts and data to the new platform. In the same MobileMe Transition Q&A webpage, Apple confirmed former MobileMe subscribers would get access to 20 GB of iCloud storage for free until June 30, 2012.

Whilst MobileMe services are still set to go offline on June 30, it appears Apple recently made changes to extend the free storage period until the end of September. Apple’s website now reports:

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.

On iOS devices, as pictured above, the free storage plan is now reporting a downgrade date of September 30, 2012.

Recently, Apple began offering free copies of OS X Snow Leopard to old MobileMe subscribers still on Leopard in order to let them upgrade to Lion (which is available on the Mac App Store for 10.6), and thus iCloud. The company also started reminding users of the impending closure of the service, and featured banners on the webmail to remind users about the June 30 MobileMe deadline.

More details on iCloud storage and international pricing for new customers are available in our overview from last year.

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