It’s been under the radar for so long, but Maxis has now announced that its cloud storage service, Loker, will be discontinued at the end of this month. Introduced to much hype in 2012, it appears that the local telco has now found it no longer feasible to sustain the product, and has sent an SMS to all Loker users that the service will be discontinued come July 31, 2014.
Loker was Maxis’ cloud storage solution which it debuted in 2012, offering it as an add-on service alongside its usual services. It offered 5GB of storage for free, and additional storage options can be purchased at a monthly rate (10GB at RM15/month, 25GB at RM25/month). Loker also had all the features you’d expect from a cloud storage provider: auto-sync across platforms, automatic uploads of photos, videos and contacts. At a time before cloud storage options such as Dropbox and Google Drive were popular – and crucially, cheap – Loker was a product that was seemingly a little ahead of its time.
Unfortunately with the rise of the many, many cloud storage solutions available today, Loker’s low-key profile (which could also indicate a small user base) and costly Ringgit-per-gigabyte charges has led to what Maxis officially calls a “decommission” of the service. There was not even an official announcement of it, too: just an SMS to subscribers and an updated page on Maxis’ Support page.
In any case, users who are still using the service are advised to make a copy of the files that are stored on Loker, as the service will end on July 31. The Loker app as well as the Loker website will both also be removed and will not be accessible from that day onwards. All files that remain on Loker will be deleted from July 31, giving users exactly four weeks for subscribers to take the necessary action.
For more information on Loker’s decommission, head on to the Maxis Support page.