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  • Free MobileMe in iOS 4.2?


    Hints of a free MobileMe service can be seen in a new framework in the iOS 4.2 gold master. Error messages show when a user has reached "the maximum number of free accounts" for a given device and when a device is not “qualified for free MobileMe service." There's also a message saying that an Apple ID can't be used for MobileMe Mail but can be used for other services.

    When the iOS 4.2 GM originally dropped last month, many people noted that it allowed users to sign in to their MobileMe accounts using their Apple IDs. This led to renewed speculation that Apple might offer a free MobileMe service for iDevice users through their Apple IDs. A closer look at a new private framework gives evidence that free Apple accounts will be available at least for some users. The AppleAccounts.framework file is not present in iOS 4.1, and contains error message text strings about free MobileMe accounts that will apparently have device limits. For example, one error message is displayed when "the maximum number of free accounts has been activated" on a particular device, suggesting that iOS devices will be able to have multiple MobileMe logins.

    Another error message warns that a particular Apple ID "cannot be used for MobileMe Mail, but you can use it for other MobileMe services." Other than @me.com mail, MobileMe offers services like Find My iPhone, iDisk, Photo Galleries, and syncing of Safari bookmarks and Calendar entries.

    Source: Electronista
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Free MobileMe in iOS 4.2? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      What's this "device syncing" you refer to? Like mail, contacts, and calendar? Because I do that with Google (set up as an Exchange account) for free sooo....

      Find My iPhone is about the only thing I'd pay for, but not $99.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      What's this "device syncing" you refer to? Like mail, contacts, and calendar? Because I do that with Google (set up as an Exchange account) for free sooo....

      Find My iPhone is about the only thing I'd pay for, but not $99.
      Yep calendars, mail, contacts. Like I said, I'm sure there are free options but MobileMe has worked great for me since the beginning and I will gladly pay $99. $99 is really a small amount of cash IMO for something that works great for me

      I also use the find my iPhone app all the time
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Hmm, I'm unconvinced. OS portability is an issue too. What do you use for contacts and calendar on a windows machine with mobile me? Does it sync to outlook? Of course you'd be SOL if you wanted to switch to an android phone (or at least a painful export),

      Seems to me gmail is a better option even if they were both free...
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      Wow, this would be great! I have a paid account already, but I don't use MOST of the things available to me. A free stripped down version would be nice.
      I was thinking the same thing
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      Not sure if anyone notices but if you go to add a mail account and select mobile me it will have a tab at the bottom that says "create free account." and then when you click it. It try to load then give is a splash screen "this feature is not currently supported". Would upload screen shots but it's not allowing me to so it from my phone with the mmi app.
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      I pay the 99 per year, but am starting to wonder way. Google Is becoming king in Mac and Win world
    1. mhollis's Avatar
      mhollis -
      I was an early-adopter of "mobile me," having had a dot-mac account since October, 2000. Apple has kept adding value to the way I use it, giving me the ability to share photos and files initially and now giving e the ability to keep my calendars and contacts everywhere -- on my iPad, my iPhone and my Mac. The first day I had my iPad, I had all of my Safari bookmarks in sync.

      These are all done through the use of a Mobile Me account.

      Now, mine is paid for and I have no idea what free accounts might include or not include, but this kind of cloud sync actions, if available for the range of Apple products, it would create a very compelling user experience, indeed. And that would be a real plus for Apple.