Greece crisis: Apple gives Greeks free iCloud access
Apple has given Greek iCloud users 30 days of free storage after the country's financial crisis threatened to shut off access.
When the Greek government introduced capital controls on citizens, limiting how they could send money out of the country, many Greeks were unable to use credit cards to pay for digital services, which are often registered abroad.
The restrictions meant that iPhone users were unable to buy apps and songs, and maintain their monthly subscriptions to iCloud, the online storage service.
Apple offers 5GB of iCloud storage for free, but up to €19.99 a month in the eurozone for up to 1TB of storage. Many users, even those paying just 99 cents a month, saw their subscriptions downgraded.
However, Apple has now intervened, according to Greek Aple site iPhone Hellas. In an email to iCloud customers, it said:
Dear iCloud customer,
To prevent interruption in your iCloud service during the current fiscal crisis, and to make sure you have access to your content, we’ve extended your iCloud storage plan for an extra 30 days at no additional cost.
We won’t attempt to charge you for your plan until 30 days after your original renewal date. If we are unable to renew your plan, you may need to reduce the amount of iCloud storage you use.
The iCloud Team
Greek citizens have seen banks closed for two weeks and have seen their withdrawals capped as lenders run out of reserves although restrictions are likely to be lifted now a bailout deal has been struck with creditors.
Apple seems to hope the crisis will be over in the next month. That might be more optimistic than some.