Apple has removed the paid version of MobileMe from its retail stores and website. You can now only sign up for a free 60-day trial on the web.

Apple is holding an event next week, and MobileMe will most likely be revamped alongside the introduction of a new iPad model. Up until now, MobileMe has cost $99/year. There’s a good chance that Apple will make their cloud-based service free for customers, or introduce some type of tiered, “pro” pricing alongside the standard MobileMe package.

We expect MobileMe to be a much bigger part of iOS if Apple does in fact make it free for all users. A free, cloud-based service from Apple would most likely include some form of the iDisk for internet data storage that syncs between the desktop and other iDevices.

It is worth mentioning that Apple’s website still says MobileMe will cost $99/year after the trial, but all indications point to a new, cheaper version of MobileMe coming very soon.

Services like DropBox already do a great job of syncing data across platforms, but a revamped Apple solution would definitely be a viable contender. MobileMe hasn’t been doing so hot lately, and Apple’s cloud-based data storage has been buggy and sluggish for users.

If you don’t already have a MobileMe account, we advise you to hold off on starting a free trial until Apple’s event on Wednesday. Even though the trial is free, it would be wise to wait and see what Apple has up its sleeve.

[via AppAdvice]

  • Goofygreek

    I wonder If the people who already paid for it will get money back. My service just renewed at the end of December. Hope they give me money back or that apple rep that answers the phone is gonna get an ear full

  • AppleBits

    That’s nice. Glad I just got charged my renewal fee a month or so ago. I certainly hope they offer some sort of credit or the like for those of us who already have that $100 fee paid up.
    With that said, I agree they need to have some sort of free/tiered version to keep up with what else is out there! I had my reasons for choosing it….at the time…but that $100 is sooo not worth it for what little it offers.

  • Doug

    Is MobileMe only for apple and mac products or will it work on a PC too. I have a free account that only includes find my iPhone. None of the cloud sync services

    • ml

      Works with pc’s also.

  • Ben

    I’m a happy mobile me subscriber. I use it to stream music to my iPhone. I would like to steam video. Heres wishing

  • William

    DAMNIT! I just renewed my subscription last week

  • Jasper

    @William that kinda sucks,
    But see it this way, you never have to anymore

  • Manuel

    I hope this is true. Ill easily ditch googles gmail for this. I’m tried of Google reading my email any ways

  • brent

    If you try to renew an expired account, it will still allow/require you to pay…not give you another trial.

  • Pirates Suck

    At its current $90 a year, MobileMe blows fuzzy monkey balls. Apple is greedy as… Yeah.

  • Tim

    The paid version has not been removed from the site, it’s just hidden behind the “Free Trial” offer.

    After you sign up for the trial you cannot finish without entering your credit card information.

    “A credit card is required to start your free trial. After your trial ends, your card will be charged an annual subscription fee of $99.00*. Don’t worry, to avoid these charges, you can cancel your subscription online at any time during the trial.”

    It appears more likely that they want more credit cards on file than giving the service away. I don’t see Apple moving this to a free service.

    Most likely $99 will be the base service price and they will be adding more services. As crappy as the service is (currently anyway) their are still millions of subscribers. I don’t see Apple handing out refunds or gift cards to a million customers. I only see them make vast improvements to try and win new customers. Adding streaming music isn’t going to cut it. I do that now from my Mac to my iOS devices for free already.

    It will be interesting to see what the announce, but don’t hold your breathe for free.

  • yuuuup

    Anybody that works at an Apple store will find this as a sigh of relief

  • Whatever apple does, I just hope that at the end I will be able to get MobileMe,for free!

  • Well this article is wrong I signed up for the trial and just Got an email they will be charging 99$ in seven days so maybe someone should clarify that or do better research before writing an article about a service. This was wrong or false

    ..” Apple is holding an event next week, and MobileMe will most likely be revamped alongside the introduction of a new iPad model. Up until now, MobileMe has cost $99/year. There’s a good chance that Apple will make their cloud-based service free for customers, or introduce some type of tiered, “pro” pricing alongside the standard MobileMe package.

    Do an update or something but it’s irresponsible to put info that is not correct.
    Especially when your loyal readers depend on this blog for correct information.