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 (opens in new tab), 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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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

7 Comments
  • I'M FIRSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT:D
    and you aren't!
  • All part of the marketing plan to push their products!
  • Please FREE MOBILE ME. I use exchange for work but I would LOVE MOBILE ME.
  • Actually I'M first, and you're a dweeb.
    BOOM!
    Sent from Steve's iPhone
  • Maybe because your friend might have MobileMe and have lost their iPhone?
  • 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.
  • That's true. You can also view other people's galleries. Although the same argument applies for iDisk.