End of @mac.com email support in iCloud?

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  1. reitex macrumors newbie

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    Up until yesterday I could send emails from my very old @mac.com email address via iCloud. Today (after the clear update to iCloud), that option has disappeared (though my iCloud AppleID is still xxxx@mac.com). Anyone have similar issues? Would be sad to see it go.
     
  2. AtomicEdge macrumors regular

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    I can confirm that my @mac.com has gone too.

    I don't use mine so it's not an issue for me.

    I am still getting e-mail TO my @mac.com, I just can't use it as an outgoing alias.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    I can still send email from my @mac.com address. :confused:
     
  4. AtomicEdge macrumors regular

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    Strange. My other Aliases from before they were locked down still work, but the @mac.com is no longer an option.
     
  5. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    Thats a bit worrying - I thought that @mac.com addresses would be supported for ever? what if you use that for a business etc?

    will they do the same for me.com? I use mine for work etc and don't want it cut off in 5 years or so. I need to be able to have people email me.
     
  6. gyorpb macrumors member

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    You should never, ever, never rely on an email address on a domain you don't own for your business.

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  7. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    I have my main business one through a domain that I own. But I didn't think that apple would change the address every now and then and expect people to change it and try to inform all their contacts.
     
  8. reitex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess keeping .mac around is not as aesthetically 'streamlined', not to mention some additional technical complexity. But keeping it around would still have been a nice gesture for those of us who were Apple fans before Apple was the juggernaut it is today...
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Mine works, and the day it stops, is the day I start using my own domain name as my main email address.

    My .mac account is my apple id, my main email address, I cannot fathom that apple will stop it at this point
     
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    I agree fully with you. I was thinking about this again this morning. If apple did stop allowing people that have had an @mac.com email address from using it and forced them to use @me.com then this would be a nail in the coffin for apple in the email market.

    You just wouldn't be able to trust that you wouldn't have to change your email every few years, for example if they wanted to introduce @icloud.com or something similar with all the fun and games that that would involve in contacting people and updating your address etc.


    I just can't see gmail, yahoo, or hotmail saying oh by the way you have to change your address that you have had for 10 years or so..sorry.

    I have my own domain for my business but use apple mail and other accounts for some not unimportant things. Surely you must be able to trust that an email address will last almost indefinately
     
  12. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    Just to confirm

    Is the @mac.com not working from iCloud.com or from the mail app or is it not working from either (ignoring me.com as this site I assume will be going soon)
     
  13. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    @mac works for me from mail and me.com but like you say that is going soon as for icloud I can't comment as I don't have access. I am presuming that it will the apple transition support page says that it will
     
  14. gyorpb macrumors member

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    No. Not unless you are the owner of the domain.

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  15. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, we have no say in the disposition of the address, heck Jobs even said when he rolled out itools that your .mac address was going to be free, then he changed his mind and started charging, its back to be being free, but my point is that apple can do what ever they choose.
     
  16. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    so really there is no point in using mobile me for your email and it is better to use your own domain name. i have my own domain for business but will prob move away from other email providers as time goes by. if it can be cut off at any time there doesn't seem much point to me
     
  17. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    For some reason my @me address has stopped working. Saw the opportunity and bought my own domain. So whether my @me account has stopped working for good or it is just another glitch, it's goodbye to MobileMe for me. iCloud didn't interest me much anyway.
     
  18. gyorpb macrumors member

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    That all depends on what you use it for. Apple gives you a me.com (or mac.com) email address, use it for communicating with Apple. That way, you can be certain you don't receive all sorts of newsletters and other types of spam (from Apple) in your personal email. I have a GMail account for just that reason. I never use my personal email address to subscribe to any online service or the like. I use it for personal communication.
    Do yourself a favour and use your business address strictly for business. Then register a personal domain and only use that for personal email. Some of your business contacts will spam you. Get a throwaway email address from GMail or Hotmail for other stuff. You'll be drowning in spam in no time if you use one address for everything.

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  19. maflynn Moderator

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    For me, its been years and years of using my .mac account and as I stated, its my apple id so its fully ingrained which is why I haven't changed but if they change it on me, then there's little reason to stay with it.
     
  20. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    I hoping that is what apple will see as well - that if they do change it on people then no one will want to use it as changing is a pain
     
  21. gyorpb macrumors member

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    I doubt they'll drop it. It's peanuts for them to keep it working, and being as anal retentive about their image as Apple are, they aren't going to risk it falling into the wrong hands.

    .tsooJ
     
  22. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think anyone expects to see .mac domain expire, just that they'll disable email access for that domain.
     
  23. AtomicEdge macrumors regular

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    I spoke to Apple support. The said @mac will continue to be supported, but that she can't help me fix the issue until iCloud exits beta.
     
  24. gyorpb macrumors member

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    Told ya.

    It's literally ten minutes of work to keep it running, not worth the effort of fending off even one pissed off customer.

    Even the old homepage stuff still partly works (although that will probably die with iDisk's demise):

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    This image is being served from there.

    .tsooJ
     

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