From .Mac to MobileMe, will iPhone users bite?
One of the other products/srvices that Apple announced but didn’t get much press time was the new MobileMe service. It’s basically a re-branding of .Mac that took a second lease on life because of the iPhone.
Mac users were starting to find their expensive .Mac account (a $99 subscription a year) of less use because most of its offerings can be found elsewhere for free. Because of the new iPhone 3G, it may have another chance of a good health yet again under a new name MobileMe.
What do MobileMe subscribers get with their $99 a year premium?
* 20GB online storage (200GB transfers)
* Push Mail (hello Blackberry!) with free @me.com email
* Address Book (Push)
* Calendar (Push)
* Gallery (Public Photo)
All .Mac users will be migrated to this new system starting today but will have the option to retain the @mac.com email address. For some, a @mac.com address used to be a status symbol and was worth the $99 annual fee.
Still, most of these services can actually be had for free — unlimited storage from Yahoo!Mail with Push Email (first introduced with 1st gen iPhone), Flickr Mobile, Google Calendar, and tons of other free online storage services.
If Apple can convince people to pay for the premium, then they might just have another winner here. But will people bite?