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    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. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      would be nice to have atleast findmy phone and contact sync capabilities for free. Dont really care for the free email etc
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      ^ agreed
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      make it easier to detect jb devices if you ask me my opinion on it..
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      would be nice to have atleast findmy phone and contact sync capabilities for free. Dont really care for the free email etc
      yep. While there are a couple of good apps in the store that do a great job (ifonehome, i use it) using the apple based one might give you a bit more power.
    1. rolialex831's Avatar
      rolialex831 -
      Same here I just care about the find my phone feature..
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      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.
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by silent six View Post
      make it easier to detect jb devices if you ask me my opinion on it..
      As stated, I have a paid account already, and have never had any signs that "apple's onto me" and I have had my phones serviced and replaced by apple in the past. Trust me, if they wanted to know they do already, no need to give away a free service, it would just be built into the iOS and package up a flag every night/early morning when it "phones home" with status updates.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      As stated, I have a paid account already, and have never had any signs that "apple's onto me" and I have had my phones serviced and replaced by apple in the past. Trust me, if they wanted to know they do already, no need to give away a free service, it would just be built into the iOS and package up a flag every night/early morning when it "phones home" with status updates.
      glad to know you have no problem out of it.. just seems fishy apple may actually offer something for "free" considering you have to pay for 95% of the **** you get
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Most of MobileMe's features are now free on Android devices. Apple just trying to stay ahead of the curve. It's probably only going to be allowed on GPS-enabled/new-gen devices for free.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by silent six View Post
      make it easier to detect jb devices if you ask me my opinion on it..
      They already have more than need to be able to determine who is jailbroken and who is not.

      It would be nice if they offered a lite/free version of MM. When I tried it out, I only used a handful of the features, not near enough to justify paying for the service. It did offer a little better syncing capabilities for calendars, contacts, etc. than using Google Sync, but free is a much better feature than having those minor details.
    1. Orangesn0w's Avatar
      Orangesn0w -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      As stated, I have a paid account already, and have never had any signs that "apple's onto me" and I have had my phones serviced and replaced by apple in the past. Trust me, if they wanted to know they do already, no need to give away a free service, it would just be built into the iOS and package up a flag every night/early morning when it "phones home" with status updates.
      If apple did want to spy on us, the jailbreak should remove this.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Damn it I just paid to renew for a year
    1. charlyc's Avatar
      charlyc -
      If you cancel you might get a refund for the remainder.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Damn it I just paid to renew for a year

      Lol that sucks

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    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      like everyone else, i think i would prefer the stripped down version as all the other features provide no use for me. no need to pay for something that i won't use
    1. ajones330's Avatar
      ajones330 -
      Me Too!!! Damn!!!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Better not be, because I just renew my membership last month.
    1. ajones330's Avatar
      ajones330 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Damn it I just paid to renew for a year
      My bad Lol meant to Qoute first. Just renewed my account too
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      God I hope this is true I miss my mme it expired and don't have 100 to renew it
    1. hoodies's Avatar
      hoodies -
      That's cool that they have decided to offer MobileMe accounts for free.

      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      God I hope this is true I miss my mme it expired and don't have 100 to renew it
      Dam 100 a year or what?