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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. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      This would be great, hopefully its correct...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Well if it's free or not, I have to have it
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      My renewal is due in a month
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      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
      Same here but I got gmail which I set up to sync my contacts and calendars with exchange but I would still like a free findmyiphone service. That should have been free since the first iPhone release!
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      That would be cool if they did cuz i dont even use it, not that i will.....
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I just love the device syncing
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I just love the device syncing
      Thats what I miss the contact and te photo gallery
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Hopefully the announce a free limited edition soon
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      It woudl be smart to be smart since googles androids version of its free
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Is that right? Never heard of it.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Is that right? Never heard of it.
      I think so pretty sure
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ah I will take a look
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      It could of been just talk bit pretty sure they released it
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      still looking...
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I dont think this will happen, but I would be very happy if they did because I used the 60 day free trial and loved it
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I dont see it happening either tbh
    1. spamsalad's Avatar
      spamsalad -
      Quote Originally Posted by silent six View Post
      make it easier to detect jb devices if you ask me my opinion on it..
      don't you think apple don't k ow this already?!?!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea, I'm sure they already have some good numbers on jb devices
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I also only use the sync and "find My iPhone" features of it. However might this just all be part of the "music in the cloud" feature we've heard rumor of? People will need to be part of Mobileme.com in order to have the central location for it.
    1. Jupiter88's Avatar
      Jupiter88 -
      I agree. I would love findmyphone and contact syncing. iDisk would be cool as well, but I use Dropbox which is enough for me... Calendar syncing is also a good tool..