MobileMe old vs. new version?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by DotCom2, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    In searching I see they have an older cheaper version of Mobile Me and new 2009 version for a significantly higher price.
    What is the difference between these two versions?
    I'm a PC but I have an iPhone.
    When the software is updated does that mean you need to make a purchase in order to get the new update?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    All the box really contains is an activation code that you enter on the MobileMe website when you create your account (or make your trial account "official").

    You'll notice that nobody's bothered to review the "new" version, ... I'm guessing nobody's purchased it. :D

    The only time you need to repurchase anything is when your subscription is ending (and you want to continue it).

    If you haven't already, sign up for a free MobileMe trial and kick the tires before you buy! :)
  3. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Thank you for your response.
    That is what I thought.
    I am on a trial and I like it very much so that is why I was looking at Amazon to purchase it, but I am confused on why they would offer two different versions if you really just need the token. Is the token specific to different versions/features then?
  4. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    There is only one level of MobileMe service (unless you buy a Family Pack, but that's just more licenses to use the same service, essentially).

    Amazon probably just has some old .Mac boxes with codes in them that they refer to as the "old" version. Those codes should work fine with the MobileMe service, too.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    The graphics on the retail packaging change every so often, ... that's about the only difference between what Amazon is calling the "2008" and "2009" versions.
  6. clyparkr macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    My mobile me account just expired(full 1 year version)... do I have to renew through apple or can i purchase this off of amazon and keep my same account?
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Amazon would be fine, as long as they ship it to you promptly. Apple only holds your data for so long after your MobileMe account has expired. (I don't remember how long)
  8. Suzatlarge macrumors member


    May 4, 2008
    According to the renewal reminder email I just got, it's 15 days after the expiration date.

    I got the .mac account when I bought my iMac in May 08, don't remember if I paid for it or not. I don't think I've ever used it. I think they extended my subscription a few months when they were stumbling through the mobileme transition last year.

    I'm fine with gmail and other email accounts. I have an unlimited-capacity ad-free account for online photos at for forty bucks a year. I'm happy using for online file storage/backup/access and file collaboration. I don't own any Mac gadgets except my iMac. So I just don't see the need for mobileme.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Just FYI: I bought the old version through, the code arrived and it worked just fine in renewing my MobileMe subscription.

    One other thing to note: you do NOT need to be near the end of your current subscription to use the box to renew. It just adds on a year to the end of your current subscription.

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