1. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    $99? Wow. This seems outrageously expensive. The features are great and I love that it pushes to the iPhone, but wow, just wow.
    06-09-2008 01:29 PM
  2. cmaier's Avatar
    Everyone wants everything for free. 20GB storage, server time, and bandwidth for $20. Complicated software for $5 because it only runs on a phone. Free cookies.
    06-09-2008 01:54 PM
  3. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    I just think $99 is too much. Other services for upgraded e-mail and whatever, e.g. Yahoo, charge only $20 a year. Gmail is free and I don't know how much Windows Live Hotmail charges. I personally dont need the 20 GB storage. Maybe if they had a tiered option it would be more attractive.
    06-09-2008 01:59 PM
  4. cmaier's Avatar
    The other services you cite are ad-supported, etc.
    06-09-2008 02:07 PM
  5. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    The other services you cite are ad-supported, etc.
    Yes thanks for pointing out the obvious. It's ad supported by free, but $20 for Yahoo for no ads.
    06-09-2008 02:32 PM
  6. cmaier's Avatar
    But the yahoo service doesn't offer all the features of .me. You are comparing apple's and yahoo's. And, of course, if you don't find the service worth it, Steve Jobs isn't going to force you to pony up.
    06-09-2008 02:34 PM
  7. CoachFreak's Avatar
    Yes thanks for pointing out the obvious. It's ad supported by free, but $20 for Yahoo for no ads.
    Yes, I have the MailPlus from Yahoo and I have no ads.
    06-09-2008 02:35 PM
  8. SLVR6's Avatar
    Still no true free push email.......
    06-09-2008 02:53 PM
  9. cmaier's Avatar
    Still no true free push email.......
    What do you call exchange-push support and yahoo push support?
    06-09-2008 02:55 PM
  10. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    I would like a slimmed down version of mobileme that only includes:

    1. Push email, push calendar, and push contacts
    2. 5-10 GB of storage space for e-mail

    Price for this: $30
    06-09-2008 03:26 PM
  11. volsfan0911's Avatar
    I've got an Exchange server that does all that for me But no, I wouldn't pay for it if otherwise. Too many web based apps (Google, Yahoo!, Remember the Milk, etc.) for $0.
    06-09-2008 03:33 PM
  12. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Haha nice. I wish I had an exchange server that would accomplish that for me.
    06-09-2008 03:37 PM
  13. whmurray's Avatar
    $99? Wow. This seems outrageously expensive. The features are great and I love that it pushes to the iPhone, but wow, just wow.
    Keep in mind that Jobs will have to spend one hundred years in purgatory for dealing with Microsoft.
    06-09-2008 04:47 PM
  14. IrishJK09's Avatar
    BlackBerry Personal data plan is $30 a month and all you get is push mail.

    BlackBerry Enterprise data plan is $45 a month and you can sync to a BES server to receive everything you get with MobileMe, assuming your company runs a BES server. If you want personal BES service, you have to use a hosted BES solution that can have a varying cost. The cheapest I have ever seen is $9.99 a month.

    With MobileMe, you pay $30 a month for your iPhone plan, and you pay $8.25 a month for the MobileMe service. You are paying a total of $38.25 for a huge amount of features that were previously unavailable to the consumer market, unless you were will to shell out $55, if not more. That doesn't include minutes...

    It is a good deal through and through.
    Last edited by CrazEtooN; 06-09-2008 at 06:15 PM.
    06-09-2008 06:13 PM
  15. caseychan's Avatar
    I think MobileMe is a bit over priced but that's like complaining about how much the macbook pro or mac pro costs. There's an 'Apple tax' on their products, we all know that now.

    What I'm hopeful about is that it's leap and bounds better than .Mac, and from the looks of it, it is
    06-09-2008 10:40 PM
  16. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    An Apple Tax is a good way of putting it. Apple always overprices thing. I am going to try out the mobileme service and if I like it, I might pay for it for a year. But here is the problem. If I want to keep that e-mail address (is it still going to be @mac.com), I will have to keep paying. It is a never ending cycle.
    06-10-2008 09:43 AM
  17. JNGold's Avatar
    An Apple Tax is a good way of putting it. Apple always overprices thing. I am going to try out the mobileme service and if I like it, I might pay for it for a year. But here is the problem. If I want to keep that e-mail address (is it still going to be @mac.com), I will have to keep paying. It is a never ending cycle.
    Dude, I pay more than what Apple is charging for Mobile Me for a Personal Exchange account via 4Smartphone.
    06-10-2008 07:49 PM
  18. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Dude, I pay more than what Apple is charging for Mobile Me for a Personal Exchange account via 4Smartphone.
    How much? And what service is it?
    06-10-2008 07:50 PM
  19. jasonact's Avatar
    I think this is definitely worth it. This syncs my PC with Outlook at work, my Mac at home, and my iPhone. The photo albums and 20GB(!) iDisk are great too. (I can't tell you how much I hate using YouSendIt.) $99 may be a bit more than I would like to pay, but there is no other service that does ALL of this. Some do a little here, and a little there, but MobileMe seems to be the perfect syncing solution, especially for those of us without Exchange. (iDisk seems to make it even better than Exchange.) I'll definitely be getting it.
    06-10-2008 11:41 PM
  20. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Yeah it does provide a lot. But I wonder why Apple didn't do a tiered service? The iPhones have a different price point, the iPods as well.
    06-11-2008 12:41 AM
  21. mpfrink's Avatar
    I'm really happy they're allowing a 60-day trial. I really like the concept of this thing but in the back of my mind I could see myself barely using the full functionality. Plus, it kinda pisses me off that I would have to have ANOTHER new email address, if I could use it with my Gmail address, i'll be all over it for sure.
    06-11-2008 02:19 AM
  22. caseychan's Avatar
    The 60-day trial is a very smart idea. Apple is using it as an opportunity for users to get acclimated to the software and features and if we do choose to dive in, we'll be ready. Also, don't forget if you buy a Mac, i believe you receive a 30% discount on MobileMe. I have heard of amazon also providing discounts within that range. 70 bucks is definitely a lot more palatable.
    06-11-2008 03:26 AM
  23. marcol's Avatar
    I pay for .Mac now and I'd say value is border line - each year I wonder if it's really worth it but each year I do end up renewing. For me the curent .Mac service is justified mostly by the simplicity and integration rather than the raw functionality: simple backup and syncing (between Macs) of contacts, calendar, bookmarks, keychains (incl. 1Password), mail accounts and rules etc; simple publishing of photos from Aperture; simple vnc ('Back to My Mac'); easy storage on iDisk, etc. I quite expect most of that can be done more cheaply in other ways, but I'm sure it can't be done as easily.

    MobileMe is a different matter and the OTA syncing to iPhone completely pushes it into the 'decent value' category for me. I'd like it a lot if I never had to connect my phone to a computer via a cable again and everything was kept 100% in sync, 100% of the time, OTA. This at least gets us part way there. Podcast syncing over 3G and/or Wifi would I think be the next best step, although complete wireless syncing with iTunes would be required for the solution that I'd really like to see.
    Last edited by marcol; 06-11-2008 at 05:36 AM.
    06-11-2008 05:34 AM
  24. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    The 60-day trial is a very smart idea. Apple is using it as an opportunity for users to get acclimated to the software and features and if we do choose to dive in, we'll be ready. Also, don't forget if you buy a Mac, i believe you receive a 30% discount on MobileMe. I have heard of amazon also providing discounts within that range. 70 bucks is definitely a lot more palatable.
    Well they have always had the 60 day trial thing for .Mac, so I don't really find that as a wow factor. I would have expected a trial period. I still don't think it is worth it. I read everyone's opinions and everyone has good reasons for paying for the service, but I can't see myself shelling out 100 a year to keep my email address.
    06-11-2008 09:53 AM
  25. IrishJK09's Avatar
    Well they have always had the 60 day trial thing for .Mac, so I don't really find that as a wow factor. I would have expected a trial period. I still don't think it is worth it. I read everyone's opinions and everyone has good reasons for paying for the service, but I can't see myself shelling out 100 a year to keep my email address.
    You are more than welcome to your opinion, but you are short changing the service. Apple has offered Exchange services to everyone. This is something that has never been done before for such a low price.

    You aren't just paying for the mail address. If you will never use the push calender, contacts, and you don't need push mail, and you will never use photo syncing, then of course it isn't a good deal. If you are like me and have wished you could have those things for years, it is an excellent deal. I have always hated the functionality that Exchange and BES users have had on their WinMo and BB devices while the only thing I got was push mail.

    It is just another subjective service, but no matter what, it is a good value.
    06-11-2008 10:14 PM
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