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flyboybiker
Sep 2, 2010, 01:56 AM
So I'm hoping to get my first Iphone tomorrow, and I'm wondering about mobile me, is it worth the 100 bucks a year? and if so, why?
I'm just trying to learn more about it. I understand that it will keep my mbp and phone in sync, but if I plug it in every once in a while it will too. Is there a significant advantage to the email use?

Thanks for your help.
Newbie



Zincous
Sep 2, 2010, 03:15 AM
The auto syncing of contacts over the air is awesome for me, never have to worry about losing them. (Restores, stolen, etc..)

The email is nice to get them pushed to the iphone, but I think you can get other accounts pushed as well. So I don't know if it's an advantage, but it sure is nice to have it all bundled together with everything else.

Find my iPhone is why I got the service. For that 'Just in Case' situation, I want to be able to know where it is I guess.

I also used it to try out creating a website with the extra GB's I had from iDisk, that was a fun thing to try out.

I really like mobileme, I wouldn't go back to not using it, definitely worth it for me. Also for that feeling of knowing I'm not missing out on anything that the iPhone has to offer that I'm not taking advantage of.

Dxs016
Sep 2, 2010, 03:37 AM
I love mobileme. Having the ability to sync all my contacts book marks between my apple hardware and Microsoft based machines is unreal. I couldnt live without it. I also use the idisk a lot for business. and sometimes like this morning i loose the iphone down the back of the sofa and need the find my iphone to locate it. comes in handy.

What i done was purchase a serial code from ebay which was 20 cheaper than purchasing directly from apple. Look into it.

Dean

macduke
Sep 2, 2010, 03:41 AM
BUY ON AMAZON. It's like 70 bucks, the same thing, you just type in the code they send you in a box. I actually need to do that soon to renew. I was holding out to see if any of the features of MM became free at this event, but I guess not.

MM is great. It started off pretty crappy, but It's been fairly solid since then. Keeps me all square between my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Pushes mail, calendars, contacts. Hosts my website (even using a top-level domain). Only downside to website hosting is it can't run server-side scripts, so I might move on from that soon as I'm currently redesigning my site to something a bit more complex. Email aliases are really great too, as you can make up to five extra account names, and all the mail comes to your main inbox. But it's great for when you don't trust sites, or want to post something on Craigslist temporarily, and don't want to get SPAM. You can delete the alias, and poof, SPAM gone!

Find my iPhone is nice, even for when you just lose it in your house. You can set off an alarm that will help you find it, even if the phone is muted. Gallery is nice for throwing together some quick photo galleries for family. Bookmark syncing is nice too, especially in class when the prof mentions a site, I can quickly add it to my iPhone and it shows up later on my Mac. The MM website has saved my butt a few times, especially for when I backup important files to my iDisk and need to access them remotely. I've also used my iDisk to host large files, which I can set a password on and give to clients to download the zipped design packages I've done for them. Nice and surprisingly professional.

Bottom line: Totally worth $70/yr, or $5.83/mo. That's nothing. Like a coffee. Only far more useful, even with a kind of stupid name. Love it!

iggypod
Sep 2, 2010, 06:11 AM
Yes! I just bought it recently from amazon for $50.

maflynn
Sep 2, 2010, 06:31 AM
I'm wondering about mobile me, is it worth the 100 bucks a year? and if so, why?
Worth is a subjective quality. Some people feel that spending 100 dollars a year is a good value for you what you get, others don't.

I've been a mobileme user, since it was called iTools and it was free. Given my email address has remained unchanged since that day makes it something I'd rather not give up. So while there are other features of mobileme that is nice. I end up paying the amount because I'd rather not change my email address.

OllyW
Sep 2, 2010, 06:37 AM
I've had it for nearly 6 years and think it's well worth the money I've paid for it*, especially with the tight integration with my Macs and my iPhone.

*I've never paid more than 50% of the list price. My last one cost only 15. :cool:

wirelessmacuser
Sep 2, 2010, 06:47 AM
I use MobileMe and I do rely on it. The convenience of having all my computers & data in sync is nice. I have a very dynamic contact list. MobileMe updates pretty quickly, thus after i add a new contact its automatically populated in every computer i have in my system. While it's not the only way to accomplish that, I've been using it for so long it's just part of my setup.

I find it rather overpriced, however it's a price I'm willing to pay.

barachus
Sep 2, 2010, 06:52 AM
I love mobileme. Having the ability to sync all my contacts book marks between my apple hardware and Microsoft based machines is unreal. I couldnt live without it. I also use the idisk a lot for business. and sometimes like this morning i loose the iphone down the back of the sofa and need the find my iphone to locate it. comes in handy.

What i done was purchase a serial code from ebay which was 20 cheaper than purchasing directly from apple. Look into it.

Dean


what? it actually told you the phone was down the back of the sofa??
this beats simply calling it and listening out for the ring!

if thats the case i need to get myself a subscription immediately!

ghostlyorb
Sep 2, 2010, 06:57 AM
I only got it because I wanted the "find my iPhone" feature... but I found out after I got a new iPhone that having MM and how it will upload all of your contacts right to your phone, right after you get it... made it amazing. If you get a new iPhone, get MM today and set your contacts for sync. It's well worth the money.

samcraig
Sep 2, 2010, 07:00 AM
can you still buy the older version box and use it - I see Amazon has the old version of mobileme for $56 and the next price jump is 65 for a new version. I remember reading that it didn't matter - but wanted to confirm if this was still true...

Irish Rose
Sep 2, 2010, 07:18 AM
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Yes! I just bought it recently from amazon for $50.

I just got it from eBay for $50.

detroit1
Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM
what? it actually told you the phone was down the back of the sofa??
this beats simply calling it and listening out for the ring!

if thats the case i need to get myself a subscription immediately!

you can play a sound on it...

malnar
Sep 2, 2010, 10:37 AM
I guess I'll be the one dissenter and say "No, it's not worth it." Not for the price, anyway. If it was a very low price, yes, it would be fine. I'd pay a small amount, but not $100, and even the $65 I paid for it on Amazon is too pricey. What did I use it for? Syncing contacts and two vacations where I uploaded our pictures to MM for family to see, uploading files from work to access at home, and very occasionally to see where my wife was when she was late using Find My Iphone. I didn't renew in August when it ran out, and now I'm using Dropbox (free) for files and Flickr (free or $25 for a pro account) for photos, both of which have apps that are well integrated into the Iphone and Ipad as well as the Mac. The only thing I slightly miss is Find My Iphone, just for the concern of "what if?" And I can't justify paying for that alone, unfortunately.

Small White Car
Sep 2, 2010, 10:48 AM
It's nice if you have a a Mac and an iPhone.

It's a MUST if you have multiple Macs.

But you don't, so I can't tell you what to do. The way I see it, even at full price (which is easy to avoid) it's still less than $9 a month. That's not an amount of money that bothers me.

I like a lot of things about MobileMe and others have said them already, but the ONE thing I really think you should focus on is its ability to remotely sync Safari bookmarks between Mac and phone. That's one of those things that you don't think about but it will be SO useful many, many times. Those times add up. It's worth it.

Oh, and even though I pay for MobileMe I don't use iDisk. Get Dropbox, it's way, way better. There's nothing saying you have to use every part of MobileMe. I think everyone only uses 50% of its features. It's just that we all use different parts.

If you can find 3 things you like (out of its dozen or so features) then I'd say it's worth the money. I can list 4 things I like and many other features I don't care about. But that's worth it to me.

annk
Sep 2, 2010, 10:59 AM
You're not alone malnar. I had mobile me/.Mac from 2004 - 2009. I finally gave it up in favor of syncing iCal and my contacts with Google calendar/contacts (Spanning Sync with a lifetime subscription, think it was about 65 bucks). I also use Dropbox and love it. Sync my bookmarks with Google. I sync between my iMac, my hackbook, and my android phone. At work on a Windows box I can access my files via Dropbox and my calender/contacts via Google (or my phone).

I was very hesitant to give it up, but haven't regretted it at all.

Brinkman
Sep 2, 2010, 11:07 AM
All I want is for Apple to allow syncing over wifi. That would negate me ever wanting mobile.me.

Mliii
Sep 2, 2010, 11:21 AM
Like someone else here posted, I've had it since it was free and called iTools. I like it a lot and use many of the features.
Syncing is huge. And I DO use my iDisk even though I also have a Dropbox account.
Buy if from e-bay or Amazon or somewhere else if the money is an issue. Usually means it nets out to well under $8 a month if you purchase it that way and that makes it well worth the money!

dav146
Sep 2, 2010, 11:24 AM
I have a mac and an iPhone. The seem-less sync between them is awesome.

There are pretty easy ways to sync gmail with my devices, but I love how easy setting up mobileme really is. The update to my other devices when I make a change is pretty instantaneous.

I'd rather pay 5 per month for ease. Paying 60 per year feels a little steep at the time it is due!

SpaceKitty
Sep 2, 2010, 11:36 AM
I've been using MM for the past two years and I'm trying to make up my mind on renewing in two weeks. I use it for mail and contacts.

I tried syncing contacts with Gmail but Gmail doesn't allow custom labels like MM does for different numbers for the same contact. That reason might make me renew.

I never remember I have a .mac address anymore, it's always .me.

GooMan
Sep 2, 2010, 11:57 AM
To me it's not worth the price. I've tried it and just don't use any of the functionality. Playing around with Find My iPhone was kind of cool but its not worth it just for that. Even if it were free I probably would not use it. Just my $.02

molala
Sep 2, 2010, 12:01 PM
How did you manage this? Sure would like to know how to get discounts, I've had mobile me from the very beginning (since it was mac.com and free). I set mine to autorenew every year so they charge me full price.

I've had it for nearly 6 years and think it's well worth the money I've paid for it*, especially with the tight integration with my Macs and my iPhone.

*I've never paid more than 50% of the list price. My last one cost only 15. :cool:

WhySoSerious
Sep 2, 2010, 12:09 PM
So I'm hoping to get my first Iphone tomorrow, and I'm wondering about mobile me, is it worth the 100 bucks a year? and if so, why?
I'm just trying to learn more about it. I understand that it will keep my mbp and phone in sync, but if I plug it in every once in a while it will too. Is there a significant advantage to the email use?

Thanks for your help.
Newbie

I've been using MobileMe since 2007 and I will never stop using it so long as I have an iPhone (and I'll always use an iPhone unless Apple stops making them).

Mobileme + iPhone + Mac = total bliss

get it

OllyW
Sep 2, 2010, 12:10 PM
How did you manage this? Sure would like to know how to get discounts, I've had mobile me from the very beginning (since it was mac.com and free). I set mine to autorenew every year so they charge me full price.

Mainly on eBay, you can easily get a box off there for around 25 if you are patient. Set up a saved search and eBay will send you an email when new listings appear and lookout for ones that finish late at night or very early in the morning.

I also had a free copy after I got stuck in the Bullring Apple Store for 9 hours on the launch day of the iPhone 3G and the last one I bought was an old boxed .Mac which still activated. :)

SAD*FACED*CLOWN
Sep 2, 2010, 12:11 PM
I only use it for the free two month trial which allows me to sync contacts and use find my iphone for free...I don't think these two services are worth $100 a year though so that's why I use the trials

Anappaday
Sep 2, 2010, 12:17 PM
Yes I love mobile me everything just works- usually.:)

However I do not seem to be able to see all of my emails at the moment. It lists about 200 then I cannot load anymore. Not sure why?


If you like simplicity then get MobileMe. You get what you pay for

Maverick1337
Sep 2, 2010, 12:34 PM
So far from what I've seen, the two best perks to mobile me is Find My iPhone and syncing contacts.

I don't know about you guys but iTunes already syncs my contacts and bookmarks and email addresses and appointments and calendars so all you would really be paying for is Find My iPhone. It seems that most of you have had MM for 3+ years and in that amount of time and with the money you have paid for it, even if your phone is stolen you could have paid it off with the MM money. Am I missing something here?

staccato83
Sep 2, 2010, 01:23 PM
So far from what I've seen, the two best perks to mobile me is Find My iPhone and syncing contacts.

I don't know about you guys but iTunes already syncs my contacts and bookmarks and email addresses and appointments and calendars so all you would really be paying for is Find My iPhone. It seems that most of you have had MM for 3+ years and in that amount of time and with the money you have paid for it, even if your phone is stolen you could have paid it off with the MM money. Am I missing something here?

What you are missing is the fact that you have to connect your phone to your computer to sync all of your contacts, bookmarks, and calendars. MobileMe allows you to do all of this over the air. Furthermore, it allows information to be pushed to multiple computers.

Maverick1337
Sep 2, 2010, 02:14 PM
If I wanted to do that over the air then I would just do Wifi-Sync. Plus I am always around my computer anyway so if I do need anything I can easily walk over and plug it in if needed. The only time I do sync is to add music or update apps to my iTunes anyways. Unless you constantly syncing every other minute for some reason I guess it's useful but for contacts and emails and other things of that sort, it's just a one time sync for all that.

IrishVixen
Sep 2, 2010, 03:42 PM
My husband's another one who's had it since it was free. I started a trial earlier this summer when one of my favorite iPad apps added iDisk support for backups--and they don't offer an easy Dropbox solution, so that's not a viable alternative.

Personally, I HATE syncing my iDevices the normal way, because I simply don't get around to it often enough, so it takes forever when I do. MobileMe means that for certain critical things such as mail, calendars, and contacts, I can "set it and forget it", knowing that what's on my iPhone will be the same as the MBP and the iPad. If I add a contact on the phone, I don't have to remember to go sync the phone with the Mac and then sync the iPad as well. It just happens, with no action needed on my part.

And again, if you have apps that support iDisk either as backups or additional cloud storage, the seamless functionality is awesome.

FindMyiPhone is just a big bonus. Like others have said, I end up using it within the house just to save time hunting the damn thing down. Send it a ping and it will make a piercing noise that's a lot clearer at a distance than any of my ringtones, won't stop sounding until I turn it off, and works even when the ringer is off. So yes, it does work better than just calling it!

We're switching to a family pack this week. $100 on Amazon, cheaper than Apple and half the price of two individual plans.

stressymum
Sep 6, 2010, 05:45 AM
I am in the same boat - do I keep it or not? My free trial expires in 7 days and even though I have seen it for about 9 cheaper on Amazon, I wonder if I have enough time to get it delivered to me before my free trial expires. If not, what happens? I will of course cancel my free trial but wonder if I can keep the current .me address. Also, would next year's subs remain at the discounted price?

Carlanga
Sep 6, 2010, 07:50 AM
The cheap student Mobile Me: Total cost $2 for life
1.Google!: (Free)-over the air pushed sync of contacts, calendars, emails directly from google, no extra apps needed, PURE Google sweetness (my mac is also synced w/ google for my contacts and calendars - free and pure Google too)
2.PlaceTracker $2 (app for locating your phone using Google Latitude, even after rebotting the phone, it would still run) unfortunately not as complete as MM, it just tells you on google maps where is at exactly...

The main selling point right now for the real MM are the extra differing features "Find my iPhone" and the 'iDisk' function, if you don't care much for either of those, then I don't recommend you buying it...

amro
Sep 6, 2010, 10:44 AM
I have custom labels for some of my contacts. Since they don't sync with Google contacts custom labels, I am staying with MobileMe. The minute I can sync custom labels to Google contacts, I will probably drop MobileMe. I do love it though.

SpaceKitty
Sep 6, 2010, 10:45 AM
I have custom labels for some of my contacts. Since they don't sync with Google contacts custom labels, I am staying with MobileMe. The minute I can sync custom labels to Google contacts, I will probably drop MobileMe. I do love it though.

I mentioned this earlier in this thread as well.

amro
Sep 6, 2010, 10:52 AM
I mentioned this earlier in this thread as well.

Shoot. Missed your post. Yeah, Gmail now has custom labels, but not through contacts sync. So, it's slowly getting there.

djgulia
Sep 6, 2010, 04:59 PM
Definitely worth the $25 I paid on ebay.

flyboybiker
Sep 6, 2010, 08:46 PM
Hey thanks everybody,

Great to get everybody's feedback, got the iphone4 last Thurs, and am lovin it.
I think I'll check out ebay, but right now I think I'm content doing a hard sync once in awhile, but if a good deal comes along who knows.
I think right now I just need to figure out how this thing works a bit more.

Stein357
Sep 6, 2010, 10:13 PM
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I have it on trial right now I really like it.

bmwsport
Sep 6, 2010, 11:47 PM
I really like all the features Mobile Me comes with. I especially like the gallery.me.com feature where you can publish your pictures/videos for others to see. I use that feature to share pictures of my daughter to friends that don't live close by to see her. Like others have mentioned, the iDisk feature is cool. I keep some excel spreadsheets on their and I can view them on my iphone. So to me, it's worth it. But I also heard a rumor of a possible free Mobile Me? not sure if that's really gonna happen though.

mokeiko
Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 AM
It sure is worth it to me having the syncing abilities with my contacts and calendar, accessing files from iDisk, and find my iPhone.

mokeiko

drummingcraig
Sep 7, 2010, 09:25 AM
I'm just over a month into my 60 day free trial with MobileMe and so far I'm not sold on it.

I love being able to publish various calendars and it works great. I also love the iDisk storage however, the upload speeds are nothing short of horrible and I've had some weird connection errors too (not my internet connection).

I'm also one of those who has multiple non-"@me.com" email addresses so I wouldn't really benefit from starting over with a new email. I know I can get my emails from those other accounts forwarded to my me.com email and then pushed, but replying to them from the phone is another issue altogether.

I think if you are a single email user and/or just starting out with a Mac & iPhone it can be a useful product. But as many have pointed out, there seem to be cheaper ways of accomplishing the same tasks.

drober30
Sep 7, 2010, 09:34 AM
I would not be without it! Mobile Me is the biggest thing Apple released next to the iPhone!

Now it depends on the persons needs or individual use of the product to determine whether you agree or not.

I mostly use it for "events" or appointments/reminders. I put all my "ToDos" in my calendar with a reminder and I never forget to do anything! I dont use it for email, idisk or much else. I do like the "Find My iPhone" feature.

If I need to pay a bill, pick something up or take the kids somewhere, I enter it into my calendar and it's now on my phone and all my computers!

Mobile Me is expensive but you can find it cheaper on the Net. I don't worry about the cost because in the long run it has helped me avoid paying late fees on bills and reminded me of very important events or things that I need to do.

If you are busy and have allot going on and use it like I do, it's priceless!

Carlanga
Sep 7, 2010, 09:56 AM
Hey thanks everybody,

Great to get everybody's feedback, got the iphone4 last Thurs, and am lovin it.
I think I'll check out ebay, but right now I think I'm content doing a hard sync once in awhile, but if a good deal comes along who knows.
I think right now I just need to figure out how this thing works a bit more.

Perfect way of handling it! Learn how to use it well, then go for the trial of MM (free for 2 months!), so you can have a better understanding of the full use of MM features and then decide if you want it or not...

talmy
Sep 7, 2010, 10:14 AM
I've had a website since the late 1990s, so that feature of Mobile Me seems restrictive. I tried it some time ago for Back To My Mac but I couldn't get it to work. Syncing services seemed problematic. I didn't need another Email address. You can probably see where this is going. Actually, no.

Anyway, instead of paying $50-100/year I ended up buying a Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server for far more money. The VPN service gives me reliable "Back to my Mac", and I've now got syncing of address book and calendars for my wife and myself. I don't have it set up for mail, but that would be an option if I wanted it. It also gives unlimited (subject to my local drives) file storage. While on vacation this summer I'd transfer 2-3 GB of photo images back home every night from the hotel's wifi.

macgrl
Sep 7, 2010, 10:18 AM
I have mobile me and love it. I have come to rely on it to be honest. I suppose I could get away with not using it and say using googles applications but then I don't want to :)

jade44V
Sep 7, 2010, 01:40 PM
The web-based email service is garbage. Craps out 3x a day. The iPhone mail service craps out less often but still has glitches fairly often. Every few days I get email from "1969" with no sender and no subject and no way of deleting it. I have to reset the phone and it goes away. The mail server is occasionally unavailable. I don't have those problems with the free email services.

The other features, the syncing, etc. are great.

mpaquette
Sep 7, 2010, 02:55 PM
I would not be without it! Mobile Me is the biggest thing Apple released next to the iPhone!

Now it depends on the persons needs or individual use of the product to determine whether you agree or not.

I mostly use it for "events" or appointments/reminders. I put all my "ToDos" in my calendar with a reminder and I never forget to do anything! I dont use it for email, idisk or much else. I do like the "Find My iPhone" feature.

If I need to pay a bill, pick something up or take the kids somewhere, I enter it into my calendar and it's now on my phone and all my computers!

Mobile Me is expensive but you can find it cheaper on the Net. I don't worry about the cost because in the long run it has helped me avoid paying late fees on bills and reminded me of very important events or things that I need to do.

If you are busy and have allot going on and use it like I do, it's priceless!

How do you get your "ToDos" on your phone? This is the one piece of MobileMe that I've been disappointed with.

stressymum
Sep 7, 2010, 03:27 PM
How do you get your "ToDos" on your phone? This is the one piece of MobileMe that I've been disappointed with.

I believe what is meant is the ToDo's are entered in iCal and MM syncs it with the phone & Mac. So it is the sync function that is being referred to.

bigvb@hotmail.c
Sep 7, 2010, 03:27 PM
i am on trial now and really dont think its worth it.

I MAY consider getting it if i buy a second mac. Perhaps the calendar syncing might be very nice.

I still cant understand why you cant have multiple e-mail inboxes.
Synced just like having Mail.app but in the cloud, with separate inboxes for each account.

Also the sync bookmarks thing is a good idea; unfortunately it only works on safari. AND theres a free programme called X-Marks which is 10x better.

Those wanting mobile me:
G-Mail : email with push along with contacts and calender with GSync
x Marks: sync bookmarks on any platform on any browser
Flickr : Go pro if you really love lots of features
Dropbox: refer some friends and increase your 2GB allowance, still 2GB is perfect for most people. If you "really" wanted iDrive for backing up files, then you should get Crashplan instead, iDrive sucks compared to Crashplan, plus Crashplan is UNLIMITED : )

Someone else mentioned some cheap alternatives to 'find my phone'.

Cliff notes; unless you are obsessed with the 'nice, clean looks' of mobile me

mpaquette
Sep 7, 2010, 04:12 PM
I believe what is meant is the ToDo's are entered in iCal and MM syncs it with the phone & Mac. So it is the sync function that is being referred to.

Yeah I got that part, just can't figure out how to get todo's on my iphone.

stressymum
Sep 7, 2010, 04:17 PM
Yeah I got that part, just can't figure out how to get todo's on my iphone.

Don't think you need to get it on your iPhone. If it is entered in iCal, it should then just sync and show up on your iPhone calendar, I think....Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree??

mpaquette
Sep 7, 2010, 07:13 PM
Don't think you need to get it on your iPhone. If it is entered in iCal, it should then just sync and show up on your iPhone calendar, I think....Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree??

I'm not sure. In the web version of Mobile Me, there is a todo list, but it doesn't seem to sync with any of the iphone calendars. Not even sure if it shows up in iCal. I guess I could just create calendar appointments as todo's.

ddrueckhammer
Sep 9, 2010, 11:36 PM
I like that Omnifocus syncs over MobileMe easily. Sure there are other ways to do it, but it is nice to click the sync button and know that Omnifocus is synced between all my devices.

I'm not sure why everyone thinks Google's offerings are completely free. You are giving up a measure of privacy when you use free ad supported services. Just saying...

I use most of the features of Mobileme and find that it has improved ALOT since the .Mac days and with a few more improvements it might be worth the full asking price.

wirelessmacuser
Sep 10, 2010, 03:10 AM
Mobileme + iPhone + Mac = total bliss
I agree. I have this combination and it's stellar.