Amazon is discontinuing service for the Cloud Cam, but you might not mind if you hesitate to buy a replacement. MacRumors and The edge have learned that Amazon will offer owners a free Blink Mini security camera and a one-year subscription to the higher-end Blink Subscription Plus service (typically $100 per year) before Cloud Cam functionality ends on December 2nd. Key Edition owners also get a fourth-generation Echo speaker. Ideally, you won’t have to pay a penny to keep your home supervised anytime soon.
in the an email Amazon told customers it was shutting down the Cloud Cam service to focus on Blink, Ring and other products that “make your home smarter.” The move will primarily end storage for video recordings, but users using the Cloud Cam Key Edition as a Zigbee hub will also lose the ability to connect to smart locks or manage Amazon Key PIN codes.
The end of the service does not come as a complete surprise. Amazon stopped offering the Cloud Cam in late 2019, when Blink and Ring eventually took over. We won’t blame you if you’re still upset, though. Amazon joins Wyze and other brands in ending support for surveillance cameras at relatively short notice. This could also result in some users paying more. Some of the Cloud Cam’s free features, such as Features such as fast video access and motion-based recording require a basic Blink subscription of at least $30 per year. That’s a small price to pay, but it’s more than you might have expected.
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