Me.com doesn't list Find my iPhone as paid MobileMe service but App Store still does

Me.com doesn't list Find my iPhone as paid MobileMe service but App Store still does

If you go to me.com on your iPad or iPhone you'll a screen with options to Install Find my iPhone and Gallery, and then a second category labeled as "Requires Paid Subscription", which includes Set up Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Install iDisk.

That's a little confusing since if you tap the iTunes link, you're taken to the App Store which promptly informs you Find my iPhone indeed still requires a paid subscription to MobileMe (or the 60-day free trial). Likewise, MobileMe Gallery still requires a member name and password on launch.

So why put Find my iPhone and Gallery above the pay warning? Why put iDisk below it? Poor design, cheap attempt to get people to download and the push the subscription service, or unintentional glimpse of potentially free aspects of MobileMe to come?

Check out the screen and let me know what you think.

[Thanks Paul for the tip!]

Rene Ritchie

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

Steve says:

I'M FIRSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT:D
and you aren't!

Josh says:

All part of the marketing plan to push their products!

usmc says:

Please FREE MOBILE ME. I use exchange for work but I would LOVE MOBILE ME.

Steve Jobs says:

Actually I'M first, and you're a dweeb.
BOOM!
Sent from Steve's iPhone

Daniel says:

Maybe because your friend might have MobileMe and have lost their iPhone?

Robert says:

The reason why this is the case is because you can load the Find My iPhone app on any phone but you still need the MobileMe subscription to find your iPhone. Why load it on your own phone? If it's lost then it's useless? But you can find someone else's phone if they have MobileMe and you have the app.

icecrystal23 says:

That's true. You can also view other people's galleries. Although the same argument applies for iDisk.