Today I feel a tad stupid for not reading my email completely. I have been receiving notices from MobileMe for about a month or more warning that my account was about to expire. Yesterday Feb. 23rd I got an email saying it was going to expire Feb 24. So I bought a key from a third party vendor off eBay.
Then today I am reading articles that say Apple has pulled retail packages from stores and it’s no longer available for purchase from the Apple store online. Thanks for nothing Apple! I emailed the person I bought it from and she just received a shipment of 30 packages (ouch, really)! I called Apple Support to see if I could get a refund but THEY WOULDN’T ISSUE ONE BECAUSE I BOUGHT FROM A THIRD PARTY!
I feel stupid because I really only keep the account for the email address. I’ve never really used any of the other services except for unsuccessful sync attempts that screwed up my calendar and Address Book. I have the same “Family” groups showing 4 times on my iPhone, yet it only shows once in either MobileMe or on my MacBook Pro.
Speculation in articles online claim that MobileMe will soon be offered for free to compete with Google services. The idea being to make leaner mobile devices that keep all of your stuff on “their cloud” servers, available from anywhere.
I guess if they offer some premium set of services for “pay”, might be all set except for buying all new hardware. They’ve supposedly built a super server farm in North Carolina under top secret development. They are supposed to run iTunes and App Stores from there. That’s where Apple’s vision of “cloud services” should come to fruition. It might work if the network bandwidth is there to support it. So far I have not seen any wireless data network deliver any great media experience.
What makes me feel really dumb is in the Apple email’s last line of the services I’d lose it says, “except for MobileMe mail” on the iPhone the text was tiny. I didn’t read the entire email carefully, I just reacted to the threat. Being on disability my cash is slim. So I don’t get groceries this week I guess, Stevey.
I’ve been on the fence about upgrading my iPhone. This has me leaning a little more towards buying the new 4G Samsung Galaxy S from T-Mobile instead of waiting for iPhone 5. T-Mobile’s data network called HSPDA+ is the current speed leader in the USA supposedly capable of 10Mbits. Rumors are also flying that iPhone 5 may be delayed until September 2011. T-Mobile’s data network they are “calling 4G” is really technically 3.5G, according to network analysts and pundits.
With these wireless international network carriers, it’s one-ups-man-ship or who can deploy the fastest data networks the quickest for the barrage of newer data hungry wireless devices. It wouldn’t surprise me if Apple bought it’s own wireless network and made certain devices ONLY OPERABLE ON THEIR NETWORK
GSM networks are more universal worldwide, which ATT and T-Mobile are in the USA. Sprint and Verizon use the CDMA data technology at the moment, with higher speed build outs and newer LTE (faster) technology waiting in the wings.
Only Apple knows if it will make a model capable of operating on T-Mobile, USA or any other networks. They make a model for T-Mobile in Europe. It’s also assumed it is just a matter of time until iPhone will be widely available on many other carriers.
It seems likely to me that a broader range of accessible wireless devices, multiple style models and lesser expensive iPhone models that store everything in the cloud.
Slow iPhone sales on Verizon, capable iPad competition from Dell, Samsung, LG, Blackberry (RIM), Motorola, HP, Sony, et al, may hasten Apple to broaden it’s US market by making truly provider independent groups of phones, like mini-flips, iPhone, intermediate sized iPad/iPhones, larger high res iPads really soon, to keep it’s lead.
ATT is offering the 3GS for $49.00 with a two year commitment. The current IOS 4.2.1 runs badly on a 3G but okay on a 3GS. I imagine Apple might have an agreement with ATT not to release a new model or to other carriers until ATT’s supply of 3GS’ are sold way down or gone completely.
If Apple were getting ready to make the service free, why then keep the automated renewal threats going until the very last day? Squeeze every last dime? I made money once from Apple stock, so enjoy my contribution, Apple. Kehna Hura!
The new MacBook Pros look pretty sweet though, especially the Quad core i7 processor 17″ model w/eSATA capability. The Thunderbolt port will break out to support current 24″ LED Display Port connectors and Thunderbolt connecters will connect to new machine. The specs say the port will also accept the current display port plug directly.