For MobileMe subscribers, like myself, that were left scratching their heads and wonder what iCloud means for MobileMe users, I’ve managed to briefly summarize the changes and what you have to do, or not do, next.
The full information run-down can be found on Apple’s site, but for some, there’s more questions than answers at this point. So if you’re recently renewed your MobileMe subscription, you’re in luck, Apple will be issuing refunds. (Read the fine print)
If you wish, you can cancel your service right now and get a refund, but the amount of the refund will depend on how long ago you renewed.
If you want to keep using MobileMe until iCloud is released this fall, you can do that and still get some of your money back. That would mean cancelling your MobileMe subscription in the fall and you’ll get a pro-rated refund, again, depending on how long ago you renewed.
What You Should Know
All users that had active account as of June 6, 2011 have been automatically extended to June 30, 2012 at no extra charge. On June 30, 2012, the service will no longer be available.
If you decide to wait that long, you should note that you won’t be able to make any changes to your account or sign up for upgrades or additional storage either.
Apple will cancel and refund your full $99 USD subscription payment if you’ve renewed in the 45 days previous to the June 6, 2011 announcement of iCloud. However, you will lose all your MobileMe services immediately and have to sign up with everyone else when iCloud comes out in the fall.
If your account was renewed 46 days or prior from June 6, 2011, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the date you submit your request. Again, your MobileMe services will be lost immediately doing it this way too.
Apple does have a knowledge-based article that covers cancellations/refunds and pay special attention to this line:
If you have an active MobileMe subscription and would like to cancel it for a refund, you may do so at any time.
Which means that you can cancel in the fall (when iCloud is released) and still be able to get at least some money back. So you’ll get the full service that you paid for, plus a little money back.
I think it sounds fair. Would you agree?