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    The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad
    Figured I'd post this here too, it's on a couple of other sites, including the official Apple support forums. Been through 2 phones calls and a chat and I'm not getting any closer to anyone who can do anything about it.

    I determined I want to use my old/orignial Apple ID (the wife and I both have our company email setup as IDs). We use hers as our "joint" accout for purchasing apps, and I want to use mine for my iCloud setup.

    I wound up using her's for my first iCloud setup, then, without realizing this "free account" limit, I setup two different @me.com accounts (I was just experimenting with the configuration, and different account names).

    Now I'm getting this error/dialog when I try to use my AppleID for iCloud:

    "The maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iPad".

    I don't really want or need the two @me.com accounts and I've removed them from the iPad, but from my research it sounds like the device gets registered upstream with Apple[?] I see the two accounts still have active AppleIDs (I'm still able to login to the ID manager and iCloud with both). I don't need another [email] account, I simply want to use my old, existing Apple ID.

    What appears to be happening is when I setup iCloud, the message is saying I already have existing iCloud(s) and that no more are allowed. I agree with this policy since Apple can't have people creating dozens of accounts and sucking up resources. However, there needs to be a way to purge them if there's some kind of limit. I also wonder what happens if you sell an iPad?

    Any solution beyond going back into the support black hole?

    Would a full factory reset also reset this "counter"?

    Thanks!

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    Solved this myself after two calls and a chat to Apple.

    I simply created an iCloud instance on the wife's iPhone, then deleted it (then reactivated hers). Once it was created, I was able to connect to it via the iPad.

    I suppose that decrements hers by one, but no sweat, she's setup, I'm setup, both with our preferred AppleIDs.

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