I’m far from an expert, despite Joel’s smoke blowing, and most definitely not when it comes to local storage or subscription. I didn’t answer because I can’t say how local storage, or subscription plans should work because I’m grandfathered into the free subscription plan.
What I can say is that this is all over the place, and has been from the get go. The number of confused buyers reporting back here that they didn’t know where they stood, now including you, has gone way up. I’m sure if this forum wasn’t all but dead, we would be seeing a whole heap more.
I myself wanted to find out how and if local storage actually worked, and what options would be presented as available, for subscription, here in the UK, when the time came. I had a completely spare system, which support sent me, despite me arguing that it couldn’t possibly be the issue/cause of a problem that I had. They insisted, and told me that I could keep the originals. Many weeks later they agreed with me, and told me that there was an incompatibility issue between the new outdoor camera, and the very original sync module, which I had been telling them all along. For weeks I got only, “All cameras are backwards compatible with all sync modules, bar lacking some features, only available on the new sync modules.” Obviously this was incorrect, and I finally got an email from a senior support agent for customer services confirming that I had been right all along.
Anyway, I’m making a short story long, I do that, sorry. I was just explaining why I had a totally spare system. I took that new system, and set it up on a new account. Totally unrelated to my main Blink account, which already has many sync modules and cameras. I run this new account on a virtual device, and it has been running that way for many months, with free cloud storage. All I wanted to do was try to find out what happened when a new account times-out on the free cloud storage, and what the options would be, including testing local storage, to see if it would be a practical option for friends and family, should I choose to recommend Blink, now that it’s a subscription service.
How can I still have free cloud storage, when it is supposed to last only 30 days, and I am now many months in? When I commissioned it, it told me I was on a free trial of cloud storage, and I think it said 30 days, but I have had no notification of its termination, and there is nowhere in the app that gives me a countdown.
Like I said, they are all over the place with this. I’m going to give it another month or so, and then move it over to my main system, and delete my account created for this experiment.
Very short of it, I have nothing to offer, other than my sympathy.