MobileMe was Apple’s rebranded iTools (free of charge service) and .Mac subscription service that offered online services and software to Apple users who were willing to pay for it. Following the closure of the service on June 30 this year, storage and services were transitioned to iCloud and MobileMe subscribers were given 20GB of iCloud storage free of charge until the end of September.
Well the time has come where the users, who currently get the 20GB storage for free, will have to pay for the service or functionality will cease. Users get 5GB of iCloud storage free of charge, but for users who exceed that Apple has stated:
Backups to iCloud will stop, and apps will no longer be able to save documents to iCloud.
The (now) iCloud users have been getting a decent deal, getting 20GB of storage valued at $40 a year for nothing. But under MobileMe, they would have paid $99 per year, so while getting the service for free has been a good will gesture on Apple’s part, users will still be saving $50 on the subscription for the same amount of storage (well, 15GB once you take off the 5GB provided free of charge).
When iCloud launched last year, it provided many of the services for free that MobileMe require payment, therefore making the older service unnecessary.