T-Mobile to shut down MobileLife Albums, migrating users to Google Drive
T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) announced it will shut down its MobileLife photo storage service June 30, and it is working to migrate the "millions of customers" of the service to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Drive online storage.
"While we continue our drive to provide the world's leading mobile devices at fair and simple prices on our nationwide 4G network, we have concluded that partners, like Google, offer compelling photo storage services that offer ever more compelling features," T-Mobile noted in a surprisingly candid FAQ on its website about the move. "Rather than compete head-to-head, we decided to offer our customers the best-in-class functionality offered by Google."
T-Mobile said that users of its free MobileLife Album service will have up to 5 GB of free storage on Google Drive and Google+ Photos, and users of its MobileLife Album Plus will get 10 GB of free storage added to their Google Drive account for two years (after which users will have to pay for it).
It's unclear when T-Mobile first launched its MobileLife online photo-storage service. The carrier didn't respond to questions on the topic. However, T-Mobile continues to offer other services under the "MobileLife" brand, including the MobileLife Family Organizer, developed by online and mobile calendar and organization service provider Cozi, which the carrier introduced in 2011. The MobileLife Family Organizer is a cross-platform application enabling family members to manage and coordinate their respective schedules via shared calendar, shopping lists and to-do lists.
T-Mobile isn't the first wireless carrier to quietly bow out of the online photo storage space. Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) discontinued its Picture Mail photo storage service last year.
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