Apple extends free 20GB iCloud storage for MobileMe subscribers

Apple has announced that former users of the now defunct ‘MobileMe’ service are being granted an additional year of free online storage.

iCloud customers are already entitled to 5GB of storage, but MobileMe subscribers have been enjoying 25GB of iCloud real estate as a reward for their custom.

The additional 20GB of storage was supposed to be a temporary measure, with Apple initially announcing that it would expire on 30 June. The company then pushed the date back another few months to 30 September, only to suffer a glitch that falsely promised users an additional 38 years of iCloud freedom by listing a '30/90/2050' expiration date in some users' accounts.

Apple did not immediately respond to the error, with the 2050 date remaining in some accounts for a few days. The company finally addressed the issue in an email sent to customers last week.

"When you moved your MobileMe account to iCloud, we provided you with a complimentary storage upgrade beyond the standard 5GB that comes with an iCloud account to help you with the transition," the email read. "Originally, this storage upgrade was set to expire on 30 September 2012."

"As a thank you to our former MobileMe customers, we will continue to provide you with this complimentary storage upgrade at no charge, for an additional year, until 30 September, 2013. No action is required on your part," the company wrote.

More details about eligibility for the extended complimentary storage are available on Apple's website. For those readers who are not candidates for the VIP iCloud treatment but are still interested in more storage, upgrade prices range from £14 a year for 10GB of iCloud storage to £70 for 55GB.