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Users transitioning from MobileMe to iCloud to get 25 GB of storage

Last week we told you what the storage prices will be for iCloud users. Everyone gets 5 GB for free, and users can choose to add an additional 10 GB for US$20/year (15 GB total), 20 GB for $40/year (25 GB total), or 50 GB for $100/year (55 GB total). What wasn't apparent, however, was what would happen with the storage space for paid MobileMe subscribers. If you remember, when you subscribed to MobileMe for US$99/year, you got 20 GB of storage. Well, according to MacRumors, existing MobileMe users who transition to iCloud will get a total of 25 GB of storage. That's 5 GB of free iCloud storage and 20 GB of your paid MobileMe storage space.

It's nice that Apple is grandfathering in all of MobileMe's subscribers to the $40/year iCloud storage plan for free, however there is a slight catch for MobileMe users that are currently signed up for recurring billing. Those users will automatically be billed $40 on July 1, 2012, for another year's worth of additional 20 GB storage unless they cancel their re-billing prior to June 30, 2012. In other words, just because Apple is canceling MobileMe, doesn't mean it's canceling your re-billing. Even though I'm sure Apple is doing it for convenience, it's still kind of shady. After all, many MobileMe users might find that they only need the free 5 GB that comes with iCloud. What Apple should do is sever all re-billing after June 30, 2012, unless MobileMe to iCloud users specifically sign up for it. Apple has previously said that existing paid MobileMe users can continue to use MobileMe's services until June 30, 2012, after which MobileMe will cease to exist.

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