Free version of MobileMe coming with iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad?

Free version of MobileMe coming with iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad?

MacRumors scores yet more evidence Apple might just be considering adding a free level of MobileMe service for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad owners on iOS 4.2.

The evidence comes in the form of a new private framework known as AppleAccounts.framework that includes a series of device-specific error messages referring to free MobileMe accounts. In particular, the error messages include alerts regarding having reached "the maximum number of free accounts" for a given device and certain devices not being "qualified for free MobileMe service".

It looks like email won't be going free but Find my iPhone, Gallery, and sync services just might be. Interestingly, that matches what we saw on Me.com a couple weeks ago -- Find my iPhone and Gallery being listed as no-subscription required apps.

Anyone starting to believe?

Rene Ritchie

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Farbod21 says:

YES!!! All I want from mobile me is find my phone... Nice...

MG_JMIL says:

i really like find my iphone

Rob says:

Agreed. Aside from sync and findmyiphone, what else isn't already done better and free elsewhere?

Corinne says:

Count me in. Find my phone would be great and I haven't really even used the trial.

Fashion Police says:

I'd probably give it a try. That is, if they can get MobileMe to actually work. I assume that's what the new data center is for. They have a way to go to match the other cloud services.

webvex says:

Maybe they're finally getting a clue.

rgar3388 says:

@fashion police. What are you talking about? MobileMe works flawlessly and is great. You obviously don't have it and are stuck in the initial release blogs.

Saulo says:

If Apple wants to lose some dollars its they problem. dont count on it

frog says:

No doubt. The 4.2GM drop hints all over the place, you don't need to go searching through hidden files lol

andsoitgoes says:

As with others, all I care about is find my phone. I dot use any of the other features as other options are available for free or lower cost.
Knowing that find my phone is going to be a part of this is awesome. I won't hold my breath, but if they make it free, a happy camper I will be.

taylorh says:

Please let it be true. I want find my iPhone but won't pay $80/yr for it!

Tweger01 says:

I already have a few other email addresses, so I don't need the email anyways, yahoo syncs my calendars, I have my contacts backed up on my computer, and hardly use idisc. Find my iPhone is all I use mobile me for, so this would be great!

Tony says:

What nobody has asked yet is what will happen to the subscription fee for the full service? They can't continue charging the current fee if some/most features are available for free.

Tom Stephens says:

Could see Find My Phone and Gallery going free. The former especially as it is a great attraction for iPhone purchasers. But not the Sync function. The sync function directly involves Calendar/Safari/Mail Accounts/Notes (in Mail.app), all of which involve the primary paid service of MobileMe. It would be more than a little confusing for both current and prospective MobileMe customers if they tried to pare off certain sync services for free usage.

insideinfo says:

hate going to this blog and reads all kiddie comments from dumb no brainer uneducated apple fanboys.

insideinfo says:

says get rid of your iphone and get a simple pre paid phone cause all of you are dumb a** hole

insideinfo says:

Iphone V5G has gone thru final test and will be available for sale at Verizon January 3rd, 2011. Tip of the day.

Greg Foster says:

When I had MobileMe all I ever used was sync services so this will be perfect for me.

jglowe74 says:

oh, yay! that would be so great...considering i just bought it about 2 months ago and it's been one headache after another. one day calendars stop syncing, another day it's the contacts. idisk was down recently and took about 2 days to come back online. seriously, these sync services are out there already with most (decent) email providers or dropbox for storage or picasa/flickr for pics...oh, and they always have been FREE. if you only want "find my iphone", then i'm guessing apple senses that and will make that a "premium" feature you still have to pay for. :/

@purple6haze says:

@Insideinfo
How about using correct grammar before calling someone uneducated?

@me says:

Just get to know someone with a family pack account and ask if you can have/buy a sub account from them. I did $15 for the year

cMc says:

Everyone who wants "find my iPhone" should look at the app Fonehome. $2.99 in the app store and without a monthly service fee. It can also remotely set off an alarm even if the sound is muted. This is done through there website. It does essentially the same services as find my iPhone with the exception of a remote wipe. It's a great app for the price!

Brandon says:

Why can't they just make the WHOLE thing free, they would SO kill GMail

FatherB says:

Isn't the email portion of the mobile me package a benefit if it "pushes" the email directly to the phone in real time (like a Blackberry), instead of the current "fetch" setting for the other addresses that can take 15 minutes turn-around time? That seems to a big benefit to anyone who is busy and wants to stay better connected.

fastlane says:

I don't understand why anyone's having problems with MobileMe. Maybe stop hurling their phones against the wall?
I love MobileMe. It's not worth $99, but I can't do without it so I keep paying it. I think $50 would be a fair price for what it does.

impaler says:

Been using this stuff for a decade, since the iTools release in 2000. Hmmm....I think e-mail should be the free part. It's just e-mail. The Find My iOS device piece should be the premium service. If part of MobileMe goes free, I'm hoping also the $99/year thing goes away. Before you all tell me I can get it on amazon.com on the cheap, I do that every year. However, if the retail price from Apple drops, so will the cheaper alternatives.

zero credibility says:

I agree, make it free and a selling point of the iOS package. they are selling an integrated solution when the sell the phone, it would make sense to include it as the package.

gquaglia says:

No free me.com email, who cares. Does anyone really use mobile me for that?

gquaglia says:

@Brandon, kill gmail, what you smoking? Gmail can be used on any platform, mobile me services are just Apple. I'm tired of using proprietary services that lock you into a platform. Google has freed me from that.

PhillyComputerSpot says:

Questions? On the iMac there is a App to create a website and when publishing it says use your Mobile Me account. Does this mean we will be able to publish a created website using the free mobile me?

GUARDDOGG says:

Find my iPhone for the whole family please.

youtube says:

This is a real good website helped me determine my related texts for belonging! Just a question, does anyone have any info on "The Lady of Shalott" as I am finding it difficult to get info on the text. Much appreciated from a student just starting year 12 :S

mobilehomepartsstore says:

I still think football is a social game and people get more and more social in watching it, so think of crowds ands crwods of people huddled together somewhere in the city watching the game together rather than people getting behind the pc or ipad.