After being tremendously impressed with my iPhone last year I purchased a Mac book pro a few days ago. Im absolutely delighted. I wish Id moved to Apple years ago! However, like many others Im confused about whether its appropriate to pay for the mobile me offering. I used (free) Hotmail for 10 years and it galls me a little to have to pay for an email address. May I ask? If I dont pay for mobile me, will I still be able to use the Apple Mail application with my old hotmail account? I have looked closely at Gmail, but find the web-based display a little unhelpful. If I elect to stick with a free mail offering like Gmail or Hotmail can I use iCal to access my calendars? This whole Google sync versus mobile me decision has completely floored me! I want to get the most out of my Mac and iPhone but we have young children (i.e. money is tightish ) and $99 / year for something that others provide free is a tricky decision; Id really appreciate guidance.