What happens to MobileMe customers now that everyone is getting iCloud?

Earlier this week Apple announced a new service called iCloud, an online data storage feature that will allow users to wirelessly sync, transfer and store photos, contacts, calendar info, e-mail and more. And it will do it all at no charge for OS X, iPhone and iPad owners. However, MobileMe, Apple’s current cloud solution, already does some of these things. The iCloud service will allow up to 5GB of storage space, whereas the current service allows 20GB and costs $99 per year. What will happen to Apple’s current subscribers when iCloud kicks in?

Apple sent an e-mail out to MobileMe subscribers, like myself, two nights ago to explain the situation.

Dear MobileMe member,  

We’d like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. Available this fall, iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users.

What does this mean for you as a MobileMe member?

When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.

Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available.

When iCloud becomes available this fall, we will provide more details and instructions on how to make the move. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about iCloud.


The MobileMe Team

So you’ll get to keep all your info and migrate them to iCloud, but your MobileMe subscription will continue on until June 30. Though no mention of it was made, I’d assume that the 20GB of storage remains until then, too. Otherwise, that would be a complete waste of $99, especially for people who purchased or renewed the service recently like I did.

Are you a current subscriber? How do you feel about the free, new iCloud service?


  • I am excited about the new iCloud service. I renewed my MobileMe in Jan, I would prefer if Apple provided more storage space with iCloud to MobileMe subs.

    • DM

      I just renewed my mobile me, family package, on the 5th June !
      And I received the email from Apple about the new iCloud…

      • Msgjahs

        they will give a refund prorated – not sure if you have to go into apple  store or email them – the prorated refund is mentioned on the web site

      • Msgjahs

        they will give a refund prorated – not sure if you have to go into apple  store or email them – the prorated refund is mentioned on the web site

  • AlwaysApple

    It will be interesting to see what they offer those customers currently subscribed to MobileMe in addition to the standard iCloud service. I too got that email, having renewed automatically in May. There’s no doubt there should be some form of compensation or bonus offerring for loyal ME customers like us! Otherwise, I’ll be pretty disappointed in Apple.

  • Janmwilliams

    What happens to mobile me subscribers that don’t have or want the Lion version of mac or the newest version of iphone?

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