In a move that some will take as a sign that Apple does indeed listen to its customers, Apple has extended the service period for those who sign up before the September 30 deadline to include the time they sign up until September 20, 2003. This should give many folks who where waiting for the September 30 deadline to sign on a reason not to wait. Hereis what the .Mac FAQ has to say:
Q: If I upgrade to a full .Mac membership today, does my annual membership begin immediately, or not until September 30th?
If you join .Mac on or before September 30, 2002, your membership will be extended to September 30, 2003. (Due to the large number of .Mac signups, however, donit be concerned if your expiration date is September 30 or a few days later. Check your account to see your exact expiration date.) If you purchase after September 30, 2002 your membership will begin immediately and will expire one year from the date or purchase. So, if you join on October 5, 2002, your membership will need to be renewed by October 5, 2003.
Ex-iTools users are getting the following in an e-mail for Apple:
Since we announced .Mac in July, weive welcomed thousands of new members into the .Mac community, and we canit wait to add more. As a former iTools member, now when you convert from a trial to a paid .Mac membership before September 30, 2002, your first year of .Mac membership will automatically be extended to September 30, 2003. That means that the sooner you join, the more time you get to enjoy the full benefits of .Mac membership, including expanded iDisk and Mac.com mail storage, Virex virus protection, peace of mind with Backup, and more. So join today and start enjoying those benefits right away. We look forward to welcoming you into the .Mac community.
Stop by Appleis .Mac Web site for more information.