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Old Feb 16th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Another thought on the cost of MobileMe.

Some folks have expressed that they feel MobileMe is too expensive. I recently realized something that puts it in context. I pay very close to the same amount to receive my pay cheques and pay my bills online each year. Ya, my Bank Fees are within pennies of the cost of MobileMe.

If the bank fees are worth paying for that little usage, surely MobileMe is not a bad deal.

Please don't pollute this thread with anti-bank vitriol responses. This is just a way of putting the costs in context.
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Old Feb 16th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #2
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People often cite that Google offers the same syncing services for free. But people fail to remember that nothing is "free". Everything is about hard cash.

Google - harvests your information to sell for hard cash
Apple - direct payment of hard cash.

I'd rather pay directly than sell my identify and personal info, thanks!

It's like $8/month. I pay about that for caller ID on my iPhone. I think it's a great service and will continue to use it.
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Old Feb 16th, 2011, 11:18 PM   #3
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If the bank fees are worth paying for that little usage, surely MobileMe is not a bad deal.
I know, I know, don't pollute the thread with bank talk. Sorry, you brought it up with your analogy.

That's just it though. I don't consider my banking fees reasonable. I feel gouged every time I open my monthly statement and I have little/no choice.

I'd cheerfully cut my banking fees by 50%. That's where I'd feel I'm getting value for my money. Drop MM by the same amount & I'd consider it.
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Most people consider comparables closely within a product's genre, and don't consider it against different gpods— like the cost of a litre of oil and a litre of bottled water.

I think MobileMe's service, particularly the FamilyPack is a great offering, and has worked quite well for me.
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I pay for it, a bit begrudgingly but it's functionality I need. I'm also still a little bitter than Apple doesn't give us these kinds of services to use privately with OSX server.

At some point, and I don't think it's that far off, OSes are almost going to have to include a could based sync/backup type solution as a standard option and maybe at that point we'll get at least the basic functionality for free.
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I pay for it, a bit begrudgingly but it's functionality I need. I'm also still a little bitter than Apple doesn't give us these kinds of services to use privately with OSX server.

At some point, and I don't think it's that far off, OSes are almost going to have to include a could based sync/backup type solution as a standard option and maybe at that point we'll get at least the basic functionality for free.
Maybe in Lion with the use if the Data Center.
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I know, I know, don't pollute the thread with bank talk. Sorry, you brought it up with your analogy.

That's just it though. I don't consider my banking fees reasonable. I feel gouged every time I open my monthly statement and I have little/no choice.

I'd cheerfully cut my banking fees by 50%. That's where I'd feel I'm getting value for my money. Drop MM by the same amount & I'd consider it.
This may not be practical for you because of the business side of your banking.

We found that ATB and the Credit Unions usually have ways to get around most or even all of the personal banking fees. Younger folks do need to maintain a minimum balance. Being over 60 will get you no fee, no minimum balance accounts at both of these.

FWIW I try to avoid all of these assorted gouge fees whether it be MobilMe, ATMs, the Banks or Credit Cards. By themselves they seem reasonable but add a bunch of them together and you can be over $1000/year in a heart beat.
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Maybe in Lion with the use if the Data Center.
Maybe yep. I'm not holding my breath though.
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