Hello, I have been playing around with .Mac . I am not sure but I think I have found a way to get a full featured @mac email free of charge forever. This is what I thinking about tell me what you think: 1- First sign up for a 60 days trial account at Apple - .Mac. Your username will be you email address like firstname.lastname@example.org 2- If you do not already have one, sign up for a GMail account. 3- Go to the Setting page in GMail and select Accounts > "Add another email address" 4- Enter you @mac email address you just created Google will send a verification number to you @mac email address so that you can use it via the GMail platform thru the GMail system. This verification simply let Google know that you do own this email address. 5-go to your @mac email address, look for the verification number Enter this number in the GMail setting page and you can even choose to make this new account as the default one when composing or replying to a message. 6- In you @ Mac address go to the system preference and choose to forward all incoming messages to your Gmail address. When you close a @mac account, you can specify to redirect all incoming messages to an alternate email address but you cannot send messages from the @mac platform. Therefore all incoming messages sent to you @mac account will be going to your GMail address. Normally you would have to use another email address to reply but since you already have authentificated you @mac email in Gmail you can safely close you .Mac trial because then you will be able to use you already authentificated @mac email via the google's servers. So it seems that you can get a free @mac email for life thru the Gmail interface with plenty of storage. Does that make sense?