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kultschar

macrumors 6502a
Mar 26, 2010
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MacDailyNews.com is carrying a story saying there is a rumor out there that the MobileMe service will become free at some point.

Interesting concept if the rumor is true!

Then they better improve the performance first. If they offered it free then more users would really bog down the current MobileMe
 

bigjnyc

macrumors 604
Apr 10, 2008
6,661
4,018
I would be shocked... but you never know. Maybe they will offer it for free if you purchase a Mac.
 

GoCubsGo

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
35,741
149
What they need is tier level pricing. Those who wish to only use the features of say Find My iWhatever can choose just that, storage + e-mail, e-mail, etc.
 

nuckinfutz

macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2002
5,502
313
Middle Earth
Mobileme is certainly worth more than free. Apple doesn't scrape your emails and other data to target adds at you a la Google.

I could see Apple making some features of Mobileme free. I don't think they're just going kill a revenue stream but they could offer a basic free Mobileme account which gives you.

A me.com email address with 5 aliases.
Sync features
"Find my damn iDevice"
Calendar, Contacts, Bookmark sync
Web page
Gallery
iWork.com

Then roll out Mobileme Pro


Make iDisk more like Drop Box.
Enhance the sync
Online Backup
Cloud Music (Lala style)
iWork.com Pro (adds collaborative editing)
Whatever other cool stuff they can deliver
 

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Apr 12, 2001
55,493
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MobileMe to Become a Free Service?




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MacDailyNews posts an unconfirmed rumor that Apple is planning to make its MobileMe syncing service free for all users.
We have received a tip that we cannot confirm, hence our "RUMOR" designation, that nonetheless has at least an air of credibility about it that says "Apple is planning to make MobileMe free." . . . No timeframe was given for MobileMe to go free, other than: "sooner than later... depends on certain facilities going operational."
Speculation about "certain facilities going operational" of course centers around Apple's massive new data center under construction in North Carolina. In late March, Apple began ramping up hiring for the data center, suggesting that an opening may be approaching.

MobileMe is currently priced at $99 per year, although Apple frequently offers discounts when purchased with Apple hardware, and lower prices can also be found though other vendors.

Due to the unconfirmed nature of this claim and MacDailyNews' own caution, we are placing this rumor on Page 2 for interest and discussion.

Article Link: MobileMe to Become a Free Service?
 

bigjnyc

macrumors 604
Apr 10, 2008
6,661
4,018
What they need is tier level pricing. Those who wish to only use the features of say Find My iWhatever can choose just that, storage + e-mail, e-mail, etc.

Mobileme is certainly worth more than free. Apple doesn't scrape your emails and other data to target adds at you a la Google.

I could see Apple making some features of Mobileme free. I don't think they're just going kill a revenue stream but they could offer a basic free Mobileme account which gives you.

A me.com email address with 5 aliases.
Sync features
"Find my damn iDevice"
Calendar, Contacts, Bookmark sync
Web page
Gallery
iWork.com

Then roll out Mobileme Pro


Make iDisk more like Drop Box.
Enhance the sync
Online Backup
Cloud Music (Lala style)
iWork.com Pro (adds collaborative editing)
Whatever other cool stuff they can deliver

These are both good ideas and very feasible.
 

miles01110

macrumors Core
Jul 24, 2006
19,260
35
The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
Mobileme is certainly worth more than free. Apple doesn't scrape your emails and other data to target adds at you a la Google.

It's naive to assume that Apple won't use MobileMe data in the future to serve you ads.

Then roll out Mobileme Pro


Make iDisk more like Drop Box.
Enhance the sync
Online Backup
Cloud Music (Lala style)
iWork.com Pro (adds collaborative editing)
Whatever other cool stuff they can deliver

Given the [lack of acceptable] performance of the current service, all of these things are just going to be painful to use. If they can devote some more bandwidth to them, I could see it being a hit.
 

jav6454

macrumors P6
Nov 14, 2007
17,209
2,284
1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
I'd be so pissed/happy if it were to become free... 1 year of .Mac and 2 years of MobileMe.

Pissed, I spent $99 for 3 years

Happy, more people will have access to MobileMe's benefits.
 

wrldwzrd89

macrumors G5
Jun 6, 2003
12,109
76
Solon, OH
I doubt the truth of this rumor, but it is still interesting nonetheless. One question it raises: How will Apple handle paying customers' subscriptions that expire after the point this takes effect?
 

iansilv

macrumors 65816
Jun 2, 2007
1,070
343
Honestly, I am about to not renew. It's just not that useful. The only thing I would keep it for is the online idisk, and with dropbox or novadrive coming up with better and cheaper alternatives, I see no reason to continue to use it. However, if Apple makes it free, then they can use that as another feature of their products in general. They could sell the idisk storage, or give away 5 gigs or something, like drop box does.
 

H00513R

macrumors 6502a
Mar 12, 2010
667
49
Indiana
I don't want more people bogging down the system. I want them to improve their mail service with tagging, grouping and searching options. Oh, and I want .mac back! :)
 

dwd3885

macrumors 68020
Dec 10, 2004
2,131
148
I'd rather use Google's Gmail, Calendar and Contacts than MobileMe. The only thing I can see mobileme useful for is iDisk and Back to My Mac.
 

nuckinfutz

macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2002
5,502
313
Middle Earth
It's naive to assume that Apple won't use MobileMe data in the future to serve you ads


Given the [lack of acceptable] performance of the current service, all of these things are just going to be painful to use. If they can devote some more bandwidth to them, I could see it being a hit.

It's illogical to think they will. Apple sees iAds as a way for developers to deliver free or $.99 apps on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad without going broke. iAds are not something that Apple wants to push beyond their mobile offering and app store. They have no history looking to leverage advertising.

Well we must think that they're building the NC datacenter for a reason. Initially I thought it was an average sized datacenter but it is in fact humongous (5x larger than their California datacenter) so clearly they have BIG cloud plans.
 

BittenApple

macrumors 65816
Nov 29, 2008
1,022
584
Makes sense, all Apple needs is the cloud.

If it is indeed free, this is a welcomed change.
 

iansilv

macrumors 65816
Jun 2, 2007
1,070
343
I get the feeling they are not really making any money on it, so it would make sense to give it away as a benefit of "using a mac."
 

P-Worm

macrumors 68020
Jul 16, 2002
2,045
0
Salt Lake City, UT
I've always thought MobileMe should be a free service that comes as a benefit of owning a Mac. The usefulness of MobileMe just doesn't justify the $99 pricetag -- especially when other services offer something similar for free.

P-Worm
 

mattwolfmatt

macrumors 65816
Jun 7, 2008
1,059
129
I get the feeling they are not really making any money on it, so it would make sense to give it away as a benefit of "using a mac."

Huh? If they aren't making any money for it now (with relatively few people paying for the service) how would it make sense to give it away for free (with many many more people not paying for it?)

I for one use it ALL the time. When you have more than one device (multiple macs, iphone), it's SO nice to have them sync wirelessly, immediately, and without having to login every time, on the native apps. iCal, Contacts, Safari links: I am a very frequent user of the mobileme syncing on all of these.
 

keviano

macrumors newbie
Aug 28, 2008
3
0
UK
I've heard similar rumors about MobileMe going free. Makes sense if Apple could leverage the new iAd system to generate targeted campaigns, and effectively subsidise the cost of opening the system up to more users.

It would also pave the way for multiple cloud-based user accounts for the iPad.
 

Buschmaster

macrumors 65816
Feb 12, 2006
1,306
26
Minnesota
I've always thought MobileMe should be a free service that comes as a benefit of owning a Mac. The usefulness of MobileMe just doesn't justify the $99 pricetag -- especially when other services offer something similar for free.

P-Worm
While I agree, MobileMe is still in my eyes the best of the bunch. That's how they get away with charging $99/year. However, if it became free, they could really talk up how great owning a Mac is because of MobileMe.
 

Erendiox

macrumors 6502a
Oct 15, 2004
706
12
Brooklyn NY
If this comes true, I just hope this doesn't water down the Mobileme service. I use Mobileme to keep my business life in order. I'd rather it remain $99 and stay quick and reliable than it become a free junk service.
 
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