Dear MobileMe member…
Aside from your email address, MobileMe will soon be very dead. Visiting Apple’s MobileMe page on their main website yields the above message — no new members and what’s already been published will be around until June 30, 2012.
And, we’ve seen this before with iTools and dotMac. Like those two previous transitions, the company is offering a higher level of service to those that choose to stick around, yet this time the upgrade’s free.
Thereupon, company is sending subscribers the email message reproduced below:
Dear MobileMe member,
We’d like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. Available this fall, iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users.
What does this mean for you as a MobileMe member?
When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.
Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available.
When iCloud becomes available this fall, we will provide more details and instructions on how to make the move. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about iCloud.
The MobileMe Team
I just re-upped my MobileMe subscription in January, including a $10 email-only add-on, and would appreciate a prorated refund on what I’ve paid. That’s only fair, right?
Well, Apple’s being fair and offering refunds to subscribers, prorating unusable time and refunding unused subscription codes. Cool…
What’s your take?