Apple recently sent out an email to former MobileMe members that reminds them the free allotment of 20GB storage is soon coming to an end. Users who are still taking advantage of the free storage ahead of that date, otherwise anyone with an account that exceeds the free 5GB of iCloud storage risks losing iCloud backups, documents, iCloud mail and more. Apple says it will “temporarily stop working,” which suggests that data won’t be gone for good, but you really don’t want to risk that, do you?
If you don’t want to pay for more storage, you can clear out your data so that less than 5GB is remaining in MobileMe and it should move to iCloud without interruption.
Apple sells additional iCloud storage packages for anyone who needs more space right away. 10GB costs $20 per year for a total of 15GB (remember, 5GB is free), 20GB of additional storage is available for $40 per year and 50GB of additional storage costs $100 per year. Here’s a copy of the letter that’s being mailed out:
As a thank you for being a former MobileMe member, you received a 20 GB complimentary storage upgrade when you moved to iCloud. Your upgrade expires on September 30, 2013.
When it expires, your iCloud storage will be automatically adjusted to the free 5 GB plan. Note that you are currently using xx.xx GB of storage. If you exceed your storage plan on September 30, 2013, iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, and iCloud Mail will temporarily stop working.
To continue using these iCloud features without interruption, reduce the amount of iCloud storage you are using or purchase a storage plan by September 30, 2013.