Clues emerge that hint at free version of Apple’s MobileMe

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Plans by Apple to make MobileMe free as a hedge against Google may have been given some clues by Apple itself through quite changes noted by some subscribers,” Electronista reports.

“Existing members have noted their accounts at least temporarily changing over from ‘individual’ to ‘full member’ without any changes of their own,” Electronista reports. “The switches coincide with maintenance Apple had scheduled for the same day.”

Electronista reports, “The labeling implies that, rather than offer a completely free service, Apple may stratify its service into basic and full tiers where free customers still get core services while full members get extras… The company has recently been working on a North Carolina data center that could help scale such plans in the future.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: On May 07, 2010, MacDailyNews was first to report an unconfirmed tip that said, “Apple is planning to make MobileMe free.” No timeframe was given for MobileMe to go free, other than: “sooner than later… depends on certain facilities going operational.” Full article here.

27 Comments

  1. Let’s hope that they iron out the problems with the beta release of MobileMe. Really slow on my Snow Leopard iMac and my G4 running Tiger. I mean really slow.

  2. @Jim-TIV

    The frustrating part is that my iPad and iPhone over the same router run fine with no delay. My desktops run like they are dial up

    WTF

  3. I hope it changes by July 30th when I have to renew.
    Would be nice if they offer a Carbonite type back-up service for fool members…er, I mean ‘full’ members.

  4. Query to MobileMe members:
    What advantages, other than a storage spot, have you found with MobileMe that can’t be had using ssh tunnels, etc.? <i>Inquiring minds want to know?<i>

    The right answer will get me to sign up…

  5. @Hm….

    I use quickbooks, and it will automatically back up my files to mobileme (in addition to a local backup), I also like the “back to my mac” functionality, which displays my remote computers in the finder as if they were on the local network (very handy). I also like the “find my iphone/ipad” part.

    Also, I do use the gallery functionality for my images and video, and I’ve kept my mac.com e-mail address since the day it was started around 10 years ago.

    It’s also great if you use iCal for sharing your calendar (or parts you choose) with other iCal users and/or via a web page.

    I’m sure I’m forgetting other things. There are a number of things that are automated using mobileme if you’re using a Mac. It’s like the Mac in general, it simplifies and integrates numerous things.

    –Ron

  6. @Hm…

    * Push E-mail
    * Push Calendar
    * Push Contacts
    * Internet Photo Gallery
    * Internet iDisk
    * Find my iPhone / iPad
    * Remote Lock iPhone / iPad
    * Remote Wipe iPhone / iPad

    I can only get the first 2 items with GMail.

  7. Find my iPhone has already proved it’s worth to me by indicating my iPhone was in my house, and not on the golf course where I thought I had lost it..

    I was dreading the thought of retracing my steps over an 18 hole course!

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