Mobile Me. Possibility of it being free?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Opstech, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Opstech macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Well team, I was hoping this was going to be the year for Mobile me to be free. I was reading the latest from (5 Tricks for Customizing and Improving Gmail. Posted 03/16/2011 at 5:07pm | by Gina Trapani)
    and I was thinking about all of these tricks can easily be adopted by apple. Has anyone else started to use the free google applications within Gmail?
    I've started to like gmail labs.
  2. REnergy macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Really want to know too, any ideas?

    $99 a year for MobileMe is too much, I think.
  3. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    I use MobileMe but agree that the current price is a bit absurd

    I do think the service has value but nowhere near that high for what else is out there for free
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  5. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    Some parts may be free. For instance, sync calendar & contacts is free for everyone. iDisk is like that:

    1. Free unlimited storage for itunes purchases.
    2. Free 5 GB storage with limited file formats (incl. mail and photo gallery)

    And paid versions (no limit in file formats):

    1. 20 GB -- $10/year (google gives 20 GB for 5 dollars, so this number is reasonable)
    2. 50 GB -- $25/year
    3. 100 GB -- $50/year
    4. 250 GB -- $100/year

    It would be awesome if mobile me was like that and there would be no reason to prevent me buying 50 GBs o storage :)
  6. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    MobileMe Freedom

    I've heard rumors about Apple making the full version of MobileMe free to Mac customers... but that probably won't happen for at least a year.
  7. slashjunior macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2007
    I've heard as soon as April or they are going to introduce a revamped MobileMe with music storage from $20 a year. I currently use Google Sync and it is good but I would prefer to go back to MobileMe but not at it's current price.
  8. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I doubt it'll be free, but the cost will be very much minimized.

    I'm wondering guys, i have a 60 day MobileMe trial, and i want to check it out, should i use that now or wait?
  9. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    My trial for mobile me is about to end (2nd april)
    I got a gentle reminder from that my card will be debited £59 ($95)
    so I think I will cancel upgrade and will wait and see what is happening!

    I don't need more than 5-10 gb storage so the cost for me will be too high!
  10. b0blndsy macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2010
    I don't see it happen in a couple of years
  11. johnnyturbouk, Mar 30, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011

    johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    just tried to cancel my mobile me trial - got this message:

    Are you sure you want to cancel your subscription?
    If you plan on switching to MobileMe's free service for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch make sure you own a qualifying device before you cancel.
    When you cancel, you will lose access to your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendar, iDisk, gallery, and all other MobileMe services. All your data will be deleted from MobileMe. To save this information, back up your MobileMe data before you cancel.

    any1 else got this

    it appears mobile-me will be free for iphone/ipad/ipod only
  12. Soundburst macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    That's just referring to the fact mobile me's 'Find my iPad' feature is free.
  13. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    ah my bad...

    but then i called apple, as i was due to receive my MBP 17" ssd today, and asked re mobile me possibly becoming a free service.. the rep said they could not deny confirm anything
    re upcoming mobile me changes!!

    i will wait till end April, before deciding to subscribe
  14. phassat macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2010
    I think Apple should make mobile me for free or at least a very low cost for apple products owner.

    They could set for mobile me to work only with apple products and minimal usage option for windows user (probably through web interface only).
    In this case, they have more chance to get more loyal customer or customer who won't bother to look for other brand devices as their data are currently works only with apple.

    I'm going to activate mobileme once it is free or less than $30 per year.
  15. rowley macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    London, UK
    I agree, I would use if it was less than $30/year. It is currently just too expensive, and I'v been using the google alternatives.
  16. Renverse macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    I would agree that Mobileme is too expensive for what it is. Hotmail gives you 25GB of storage with skydrive, free find my phone features, Microsoft Office WebApps, and of course e-mail.

    The most I'd pay for Mobileme is what, $30? Even then, it's a premium. But the address is cool, I guess.
  17. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    It really comes down to what you use with MM. First of all, Hotmail has to be the worse of the public free email domains with the amount of spam it gets, second MS Office Web, really?

    If that is all you want, then sure, it is fine, but if you wanted integrated into your OS, 20 gb's of storage, which DOES NOT include the pictures you put in the gallery and the ability to access external drives or files on your time capsule/time machine via back to my mac, not to mention the contacts and cal sync you aren't going to get all of that in one place with one simple point of contact anywhere.

    Again, it depends on what you need. If you only want online back up there are tons of places that do it cheaper. But if you want all the synch services, integrated OS services, online storage, photo gallery and the ability to access other computers and hard drives on your network remotely you aren't going to find all of that for any price from one provider.
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    MM centralizes everything me. I don't need to bother with multiple accounts, multiple services, multiple apps. I have push email, push calendar, push contacts, push notes, and iDisk all in ONE place with ONE account and password. The Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod feature just adds to the value. It may retail for $99 a year but you can find it for half the price on Amazon (Amazon is the seller and shipper so it's legit).

    If I went with Gmail, Dropbox and the myriad of other services, it's just a hassle. Time wasted = decreased productivity. I'd rather pay $50 a year than mess with inferior services.

    If Apple makes MM free then so be it. I was able to boost my productivity and save lots of time every single day. And for me, I got my money's worth.
  19. jusacruiser macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Does Anyone Really Know if MobileMe will be free?

    Ok, the truth is that nobody really knows if Mobile me will ever be free or even if it will be less than $30.00.

    I liked the advice of the person who said to just buy MobileMe off of Amazon for $50.00.

    Nobody Knows!!!
  20. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    I just grabbed a 5gb account off an ebayer whilst time ticks over, i'll upgrade if and when needs be. :)
  21. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    I'll give the same advice. I'd pay $99/year for OTA contact syncing with all my devices, the rest is just bonus. But why pay $99 when you can get it on eBay for $45?
  22. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    You mean you bought some storage of HIS account? Because that's what you did.
  23. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    well technically i'm just added to a family account. thanks for pointing that out though, as unnecessary as it was.
    it renewed for a small price, whilst i'm waiting/hoping for updates.

    And instead of multiple posts, try hitting the edit button on your original post.
  24. Ommid macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Ill be annoyed if they make it free! As I have been paying for mine!
  25. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA

    And haven't you been enjoying the use of it while others who did not pay could not? I mean really, so they make it free? That is like saying you would be annoyed if the next time you got gas the price was cheaper than the first time, you still got to use the gas you paid for.

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