Amazon will offer Cloud Cam owners a free camera when the service stops | Engadget


Amazon is shutting down service for the Cloud Cam, but you might not mind if you’re hesitant to buy a replacement. MacRumors and The edge learned that Amazon will give owners a free Blink Mini security camera and a one-year subscription to the premium Blink Subscription Plus service (normally $100 per year) before Cloud Cam functionality ends on December 2. Key Edition owners will also get a fourth-generation Echo speaker. Ideally, you won’t have to shell out a penny more to have your home monitored in the near future.

In an email to customers, Amazon said it was shutting down the Cloud Cam service to focus on Blink, Ring and other products that “make your home smarter.” This move will primarily end storage for video recording, but people using 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 is not a total surprise. Amazon stopped offering the Cloud Cam in late 2019 as Blink and Ring eventually took over. We won’t blame you if you’re still upset, though. Amazon is joining Wyze and other brands in ending support for security cameras at relatively short notice. It might also let some users 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. It’s a small price, but it’s more than you could have expected to pay.

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