Is MobileMe worth $100? To renew or not to renew...

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by badlydrawnboy, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    ...that is the question.

    I'm thinking about canceling my MobileMe account. The only features I really use are iDisk and email/bookmarks/calendar/contacts sync. I'm using Dropbox now instead of iDisk (much faster), and Spanning Sync to keep my Google calendar and contacts in sync. I'm using Xmarks to synchronize my bookmarks. That means I'm now paying $100/year for email, which seems excessive.

    Yes, I'm aware of MM's upcoming "locate my phone" and "remote wipe" service, and that's one thing tempting me to renew.

    The other thing is that the last time I tried Gmail IMAP with my iPhone & Mail it was funky and inconsistent, and there were strange things about Google's IMAP implementation. I've heard it has improved since then with some new features in Labs.

    What do you all think?
  2. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2009
    I don't think it's worth $100. BUT it's on sale on for $61 or so. I do think it's worth that :D
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...really, I think there have been countless "is mobile me / dot mac worth it" threads and you should have a search and maybe read through a few of those....and also stop and ask if it is worth it to *you* - not anyone else....oh yeah!
  4. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    Yes, shame on me it's true. There are a lot of threads about this. I'll dig in. In the meantime, here are my thoughts:

    Here's where I'm at trying to replace MM's services.

    Email: Gmail

    Calendar & Contacts: Spanning Sync

    Bookmarks: Xmarks

    iDisk: Dropbox

    The other services, such as websites and gallery for photos, can also be easily replicated with free services. (I don't really need them, so I haven't chosen one over the other).

    The only service MM will soon have that can't be easily replicated seems to be the "find my phone" and "remote wipe" feature.

    Is it worth $70? I'm not sure. But I do know that for me, the free (or very cheap, in the case of Spanning Sync) services above work better at their particular tasks than the MM equivalents. I'm using them now even though I still have a MM account.

    The main thing holding me back is the potential headache of migrating to Gmail IMAP from MM without losing or duplicating too much data. If anyone has tips on how to make this transition, I'd appreciate it.
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I can get a family pack from Amazon for $100.00, now when I renew next year can I get it from Amazon for $100.00 again or do I have to "click" a renew button or something and pay full price from Apple?
  6. TehBest macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Definitely buy it on amazon. I went through the same dilemma. 100 is too much, but the $65 I spent was worth it!
  7. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    When it comes time to renew, you can enter the code from the retail box you purchase from Amazon.
  8. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    I think it would be worth it strictly for the "Find my iPhone" feature, but, to be honest, shouldn't be a subscription service, but they have to sell the Mobile-Me, what better way than to include that awesome feature?
  9. robo456 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2008
    New Jersey
    I saw this posted on a deal forum I hit daily...

    the family pack (FIVE accounts) is going for 79.95 with free shipping...

    they were saying that you might be able to use a single license for 5 years? Is that the way family packs work? if so, that's slick.

  10. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    SpanningSynce is not free
    DropBox is free to 2TB

    Im sure if given enough elbow grease and time you can replicate MobileMe's services with free or low cost solutions but there is convenience and comfort in having one provider (on neck to choke) if something goes wrong.

    Me...I know I'll need MobileMe when I get iPod Touch for me and the lady.
  11. BroadcastDoc macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Two things:

    Purplus is sold out. (They canceled my order from the other day)

    You can't use a single family pack license for five years. Five accounts for one year only. Even if you only use one of the five.
  12. wayland1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008

    I'm considering mobile me for a new email Client. G-Mail works very well (Great spam protection.... very rare downtime), but I think Push email is something missing from my phone.

    The "find-my-phone" feature is appealing too... kind of an insurance feature I'd say...

    The iDisk seems somewhat appealing too, but I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of it now, being finished with school....
  13. rhett7660 macrumors G5


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    What the Duff-Man said... a little searching goes along way...............
  14. eh270 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2009
    First, I'll make the argument that you should use Google for contacts & calendars instead of Spanning sync and sugarsync for data.

    Second, I'll encourage you to buy it on amazon

    Third, I'd suggest asking as many iPhone-toting friends as you can if they would be interested in 1 year of mobileme for $25 -- this is the cost you can pay per member if you get a family plan and split it five ways.
  15. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    It's about time to renew and you folks had convinced me it was worth it at $61 on Amazon.

    But when I went to Amazon to renew, I see that there is a "MobileMe [Old Version]" selling for $75 and a "MobileMe 2009 Version" (which is the one I assume I need) for $95:


    What's the deal with the [Old Version] and [2009 Version]?

    Where can I get a better price for MobileMe these days?
  16. Emmanuel macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2009
    Massachsetts, USA
    The problem with having your email with MobileMe is that, unless you use a domain name email address that redirects to your MobileMe mail, you'd be stuck with all of those subscriptions, memberships, friends, family, etc until you notify all of them.

    For me, it'd just be easier to go with the Amazon purchase and renew it that way.

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