For, let's say, “historical reasons“, I have two registered Apple accounts, one I use for iTunes and all Apple paid stuff in general, another is the one I now use for iCloud services. Having separate Apple ID's for iTMS and iCloud offers some advantages.
For the first one I use an American Express, for the latter a prepaid Visa card.
Last month, in the light of the recent cost reduction or perhaps soon-to-come empowering of iCloud storage services I decided to buy additional 15 GBytes of space in order to make backups of all my iOS devices possible and automatic. It's only 0,99€ cents a month, what the heck I thought, I will give it a shot and try it on a monthly basis.
This unfortunately led to a unexpected issue as yesterday my pre-paid card run out of credit and I subsequently received a alert notice from the Apple Store telling me not only that my iCloud account had been blocked and no further use of it was possible until I paid for the monthly renewal, I also had the relevant mail account blocked.
That's a bit of an overkill without any previous warning!
Recovery from this unforeseen situation was not as straightforward as one would expect from Apple.
First of all there was no way I could modify my payment conditions directly from the iphone (or the iPad for that matter). I wanted to register a new card but that option was simply not available in-spite of the instruction say it was so I decided to give up trying and shift to my Macbook and get things done from there.
That took me a long while as I had to access the Apple web site via my iCloud Apple ID, register the new card details and, last but not least, create a new password as this was forced up me by Apple (a safety precaution I guess). I was not pleased.
Unfortunately this created a new undesired effect as all my devices, (three iPhones, one iPad and one Macbook) were logged out from iCloud services and needed me to type in all passwords again. Not only did I need to type in the iCloud password but, believe it or not, also for Mail.app, FaceTime and iMessages. This all for 5 devices, annoying to say the least.
Of course you know you get a notification on each device once you add a new one to the whole iCloud system.. No comment on this, I want to remain polite.
To make things even worse, the very useful "handof" functionality that allows receiving (and making) phone calls from any device using iOS 8 or Yosemite OS X wasn't working anymore. The reason?
Because of the previous halt in iCloud services I needed to "activate" iMessage and FaceTime again on my iphone in order to registering my phone number. I spent quite some time and tried a remarkable number of times (at a 50 cents a pop charge from my provider) to get this done without much luck.
I was furious but still remained silent and just kept trying.
Finally, as a last resource, I reset the phone.
That did the trick, everything is now nice and dandy again but I think at Apple something is seriously heading into the wrong direction..
You have all been warned now, stay alert with cloud services if you depend on them and, btw, perhaps Richard Stallman wasn't so wrong after all..