Apple Offers 30 Day Free iCloud Service To Greece Financial Crises

Ali Salman
Posted Jul 13, 2015
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Due to poor capital control in Greece, the country planned to pierce through the financial crises by evading potential cash outflows. The financial collapse led Greece to institute new regulations that disabled users to renew iCloud subscriptions and purchases through App Store and iTunes. This made everyone question the possible risk for Greek users to lose their iCloud subscriptions and storage plan.

As the situation seems to worse, Apple has stepped in by providing users of the country with an extra 30 day extended time period. Apple emailed its iCloud subscribers via iPhoneHellas and informed them about the additional time for no charge. This states that for a limited time (30 days) Apple will not charge users in Greece for their iCloud subscriptions to prevent an interruption in service.

iCloud Storage Plans Extended Due To Greek Financial Crises

Apple has provided its users in Greece with additional time so until then the country may seek ways to redeem their status and evade the financial crises. The Greek financial crises prohibit private and commercial institutions like credit card lenders to talk their debts with international clients. Ultimately, this affects many services like Apple’s iCloud. Bloomberg News has shared an email sent by Apple’s Athens based staff earlier this week:

“On June 30, we tried to charge your account for your iCloud space of 20GB, but there is a problem with your payment details,” said one e-mail received by Bloomberg News staff based in Athens. “If we don’t manage to renew your subscription, your account will be downgraded to the free 5GB space program.” The user has a standing monthly payment for a 0.99-euro-cent ($1.11) payment for the storage service.

In response, Apple jolted down its plans for the Greek financial crises with the provision of an additional month of free iCloud service to the affected country. Since Apple cannot legally accept payments from Greek, the company 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

The global financial crises along with a poor management to collect local taxes led Greek to its dismissal of international service. The country officials have rested payments to abroad via strict economic policies and devising ways to overcome the crises as soon as possible. This is it for now. We will update you guys of the situation as we hear more news on the matter, stay tuned.

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