- 06-09-2008, 02:54 PM #2
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, 03:07 PM #4
- 06-09-2008, 03:34 PM #6
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, 03:35 PM #7
- 06-09-2008, 03:53 PM #8
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- 06-09-2008, 04:33 PM #11
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- 06-09-2008, 07:13 PM #14
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 07:15 PM.
- 06-09-2008, 11:40 PM #15
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
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, 08:49 PM #17
- 06-11-2008, 12:41 AM #19
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.
- 06-11-2008, 03:19 AM #21
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, 04:26 AM #22
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, 06:34 AM #23
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.
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- 06-11-2008, 11:14 PM #25
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.