Get a .Mac subscription now or wait for MobileMe?

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  1. Pandaboots macrumors regular

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    Ok, so according to Apple, current .mac owners can sill use @mac or @me email addresses. I'm interested in using an @mac email address, so the million $ question is:

    Is the @mac only going to be available to current .mac subscribers as an optional address to the @me or can new Me subscribers still use it?

    Wanting to know so I can go ahead with a .mac subscription now to grandfather that in.....otherwise I'll wait for my new iPhone with mobileme. Thanks
     
  2. kvasir macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure, that's why I went ahead and purchased a few days ago. I know current .mac subscribers can keep their @mac email address, but after the transition? I searched, but couldn't find it.

    Amazon has .Mac for $69, but I found a place that sells it for $56.
    http://www.royaldiscount.com/apple.html

    I didn't think it would be legit, but the box I got was shrinkwrapped and had a CompUSA sticker on it. They must have bought out their stock. Works out to $4.69 a month, not bad to try it!
     
  3. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    As far as I understand it, the only way to get a @mac.com address is to set them up now. I also think they have to be setup now, not just a subscriber. I have a family pack, and only have 2 accounts setup. I'm pretty sure that after the transition, I can keep the 2 accounts as @mac.com, but I can't setup any more.

    This is just the way I'm reading it.

    -Kevin
     
  4. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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    i think this is correct. i don't see Apple allowing to set up new .mac addresses following the closure of .mac.

    i would subscribe now, especially if you can get it for ~$70 dollars, thats a nice discount.
     
  5. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

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    .mac email addresses will only be available to current .mac users, so if this is what you want then I'd advise getting it before .me goes live. I did the same 2 days ago.
     
  6. JW008 macrumors 6502

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    I'm a long-time .Mac subscriber and my renewal is every year in August. I always buy from Amazon and was worried that the price might go up with MobileMe, so I bought immediately after the $99/year announcement.

    It's a good thing I did, too, because Amazon is showing a 1-2 month wait before shipping.
     
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah, if you want .mac email address, then you better jump on it
     
  8. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Im getting the .mac sub as soon as i get my MBP, as i want the @mac.com email.

    Im guessing .me will be introduced July 11th when iPhone 3G comes out?
     
  9. OllyW Moderator

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    In the UK, the price for MobileMe is actually £10 cheaper than .Mac. :)
     
  10. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    I doubt they'll keep both. Better to get it now =P
     
  11. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I would like to point out that you can also sign up for a 60 day trial of .mac, secure one .mac address, and then continue to use it once it switches of to .me. Best part is that its free!
     
  12. johnc1 macrumors newbie

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    .Mac trial and Mobile me

    Hi - Just had a response back on a question about my .mac trial ending before mobile me goes live. Like some others have mentioned here, there is more appeal in retaining the mac.com e-mail address that I have set up on my trial account. I was also not happy to pay for my .mac account knowing that mobile me will be cheaper when it starts (UK pricing). Apple European support have advised that if I join .mac now, I will be refunded the difference once mobileme starts. At least that will keep me amused until the 11th...
     
  13. Pandaboots thread starter macrumors regular

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    yep..figured as much..then now's the time to buy .mac on amazon or wherever to lock in that @mac address...then once mobileme comes out there will be an instant switch over. Seems a no-brainer at this point to go ahead and get it at a dicount and have the @mac option as an email address..thanks for everyone's input. Seems a lot of people are concerned with this..I wonder if Apple is listening????
     
  14. steeler macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to know what .mac usernames/addresses are available before buying? I'm considering purchasing it, but not if my short list of favorite account names are all taken.
     
  15. bonafide* macrumors newbie

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    you can register a trial account, and then if you find out that you want to use, you can activate the trial account into a full account with the registration code once you buy .mac.
     
  16. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I would get a sub now. I just did that by going to mac.com and got my sub activated within minutes. I didn't buy anything from Amazon, I just paid for the sub with a credit card.

    I wanted to get a sub last September but I wanted it to involve my iPhone more and now that it will in July, it will be worth it even more. I like that it can also sync all my Macs so they all stay updated wit contacts and bookmarks and more.
     
  17. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    You can try to load public iDisk folders.

    Go to:

    http://idisk.mac.com/USERNAME-Public

    If the account is taken, the folder will load.

    If the account name is taken, but not active, it will say:
    Account Error: Inactive
    Most likely, this means you won't have access to this username.


    If the account name is not taken, it will say:
    Account Error: Nonexistent

    This is how I check for some of my names I wanted.

    -Kevin
     
  18. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    I'd still buy from Amazon or look on eBay to get it for less than $99.

    I got my Family Pack on eBay for $79.99.

    -Kevin
     
  19. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Sorry post cancelled ... I see someone has said how to find out ..:eek::eek:
     
  20. GuillaumeB macrumors 6502

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    That's not really true.
    I got an account which looks like firstnamelastname@mac.com and an alias that looks like firstname.lastname@mac.com.

    Though it did work for the main account, going to this URL with my alias returned Account Error: Nonexistent
    However, nobody will be available to take this as a main account because I registered it as an alias
     
  21. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Didn't think of that since I don't use any aliases.

    Good to know.

    -Kevin
     
  22. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    If I had only thought about it, I could have gotten a nice discount when I bought my Mac Pro two weeks ago. :(
     
  23. Sub Minimal macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the initial question, advice on checking for taken names, and tip on using trial .mac as an option. I now have a .mac address ahead of MobileMe. cheers :)
     
  24. Padraic macrumors regular

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    How did you get the trial .mac account? Navigating the apple site, I can't find the page to sign up for a trial account.

    Thanks!

    Padraic
     
  25. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

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    Open Finder, Click on the iDisk icon, follow the instructions until you get to the login, on the side there will something that says "Sign up for a 60 Day Trial."

    Hope that helps :)

    Oh and just a question, how long do they keep the Trial info for after the 60 days are up?
    I really like the .mac email and want to keep it for later, but I dont money as of now to pony up for the service :p
     

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