Amazon is ending service for the Cloud Cam, but you might not mind if you’re hesitating to buy a replacement. MacRumors and The Verge have learned that Amazon will offer owners a free Blink Mini security camera and a one-year subscription to the more expensive Blink Subscription Plus service (normally $100 per year) before Cloud Cam functionality ends on December 2. Key Edition owners also get a fourth-generation Echo speaker. Ideally, you will soon no longer have to pay a cent to keep your home under supervision.
In an email to customers, Amazon said it was shutting down its Cloud Cam service to focus on Blink, Ring, and other products that “make your home smarter.” The move will primarily end storage for video recording, but people using the Cloud Cam Key Edition as a Zigbee hub will also lose the ability to connect to smart locks or manage Amazon Key PINs.
The end of the service doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Amazon stopped offering the Cloud Cam in late 2019, as Blink and Ring eventually took over. However, we won’t blame you if you’re still upset. Amazon joins Wyze and other brands in ending support for security cameras in the relatively short term. This also allows some users to pay more. Some of the Cloud Cam’s free features, such as quick video access and motion-based recording, require a basic subscription of at least $30 per year with Blink. That’s a small price, but it’s more than you’d expect to pay.
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