How To: Keep Using Your .Mac Address With MobileMe

Dot Mac on iPhone?

Apple's brand new MobileMe News (formerly MobileMe Updates) is back with their second post this week (and luckily for links, finally sporting unique URLs to boot!). The subject of their latest post? How previous .Mac users can keep using their addresses on the iPhone post-MobileMe transition:

If you want to use your address instead of for the MobileMe address on your iPhone or iPod touch, you can simply remove the account (if you've already created one) and then add a new MobileMe account entering for the email address. Any contacts, calendars, and bookmarks you are syncing will re-appear on your phone. It can take several seconds to minutes to update your phone depending on how much data you have and your network connection speed. If possible, it is best to do this when you are on a wi-fi connection for the fastest response.

Easy enough? Well, there is one small little restriction: the above only works if you originally had an address prior to July 9, 2008. After the MobileMe transition, no new addresses were generated, leaving those new to the... er... new service with as the only option.

Personally, I'm not sure what to do with my account yet. seems a little too precious for everyday use, while hits too many fanboy cords for comfort. Can we get custom domains for email as well as websites? What's your preference?

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Rene Ritchie

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How To: Keep Using Your .Mac Address With MobileMe


I agree. Dot Mac isn't too bad and at least identifies my address as a Mac user. But, Dot Me, please, sounds pretentiously sophomoric and very unsophisticated for serious folks.

I'm looking for more webspace for my domain name, and MobileMe is very reasonably priced for what you get. If only I could use my e-mail with it.

Setup a different smtp outgoing server in mail, outlook or the iphone and you can send from your current address using mobileme connectivity.
The only time you would send a email (instead of, if you are using the outgoing smtp gmail server) is if you send mail FROM's web interface.
In fact, we use gApps at work to host our email, archive it and forward to our, and use it like the postini offering. When we send from outlook, the iphone or mail on the mac we send through, and it changes the outgoing email address from to
Slick, and its synced across devices and platforms.

What if I want to only use my .me account? Both .me and .mac were added automatically when I set up the iPhone. The result is that I get an email in both .me and .mac but I only want one email account. I just tried turning off my .mac Calendar and all my calendar entries were removed. How can I get the iPhone to sync my calendar (and contacts, etc.) entries using my .me account?

The actual interface and the idea of syncing is excellent however the messing people around with the move from has really been very badly thought out and managed.
If you had an old email that has expired it still works as an apple ID and AIM ID. Yet someone may have taken the equivalent address. Threats to identity ?
Others who are fast moving or regular long time users get to keep both. Yet again they will now get 2 Apple ID's, two AIM accounts yet one mailbox......
This is crazy.
Why not just increase the number of user names by giving people a choice of which email they get, and or even for example?
They could all use the same services and servers (eg, same interface) yet you would diversify the number of possible users names and users.
To further stop confusion and risk of identity confusion/theft:
Why offer Aliases - or address that can be recycled in the case of or not in the case of
Surely if someone wants to use a dodgy website they just do and 1 user name can have infinite aliases.
A user name should be set and kept forever. If they dont pay the mailbox and server space disappears , but the user name is fixed. It makes sense.
I think this confusion of identities and user names is actually quite possible dodgy if not confusing.
I think this needs to be thought through, again, seriously.