Apple Offering Free Month of Paid iCloud Storage to Non-Paying Customers

Apple is offering a free month of paid iCloud storage to customers who have nearly exhausted their free 5GB quota and are not subscribed to one of its paid storage plans. While the first month is free, after that, users will automatically be charged either $0.99 per month for 50GB of iCloud storage space or $2.99/month for 200GB of space depending on the storage tier they selected for the trial.

As an AppleInsider reader notes, a prompt came up on his device when he tried to back up his iPhone to the iCloud with barely any space in his account.

“You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone. A 50 GB plan gives you plenty of space to continue backing up your iPhone. Your first month is free and it’s just $0.99 each month after.”

As mentioned, Apple is only offering the one month trial to customers who are not already subscribed to its premium storage tier plans on iCloud.

Our Take

Apple has been offering a paltry 5GB of storage space on iCloud since 2014 despite the backup size ballooning and iCloud gaining other new features. The company did revise the iCloud storage prices last year and charges only $0.99 for 50GB of additional space. However, that does not mean it can get away with only 5GB of base storage space. While the one-month trial from Apple is a nice way to gain new customers, it should ideally bump the base storage space on iCloud to 15GB.

Perhaps, Apple will make an announcement regarding this at WWDC 2018 this year. What do you think? Have you received the prompt from Apple to try out a higher paid storage tier on iCloud for a month for free?

[Via Apple Insider]