Apple May be Refunding MobileMe Renewals Ahead of WWDC

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Reports are coming in that at least some MobileMe customers set to automatically renew their accounts around the World Wide Developers Conference window have had their payments refunded, hinting that Apple may have some changes in store for the service soon instead of later.

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Some MobileMe users have reported that their annual US$99 payment was processed within the past few days, only to be refunded a short time later, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog. In other cases, users are saying that their annual payment date was rescheduled for Monday, which alos happens to be the same day Apple is hosting its keynote event at WWDC 2011.

Apple uses the keynote event at its annual conference for developers and IT professionals to show off its plans for Mac OS X and iOS, and this year the company will be revealing its new iCloud service. iCloud is expected to supplement MobileMe — or even replace the service completely — and as such could include a new pricing plan.

iCloud is expected to include an online iTunes library storage feature, along with file syncing for computers and iOS devices.

Steve Jobs will be hosting the keynote presentation, which is set to start at 10AM pacific time today. TMO is on location offering live coverage of the event through our Web site and MacObserverLive Twitter feed.

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(This may be the last pre-WWDC prediction, but I doubt it!)

My guess is the current MobileMe package will be free.

Okay, ladies and germs, 4 minutes left for a pre-WWDC prediction.


I wonder how far back the renewals will be for; mine auto-renewed at the end of January, less than 6 moths at least. I have to say I wasn’t too happy about the jab at MobileMe during the keynote; sort crapped on all the folks paying for it all these years.


Because of the rumors, I waited as long as I could to renew MobileMe, but ended up renewing less than two weeks ago. But I also didn’t renew directly through Apple; I bought a boxed code. So how would they refund? (iTunes/App Store credit would be nice!)


I just noticed that my MobileMe tab in System Preferences no longer shows an expiration date.


I have just checked the account info and there it says that my MobileMe-account has been extended to June 30 2012, free of charge. Well, that equals more or less 2,5 months free of charge, so that is not so much to shout about, methinks. If they had this coming in March, which I am convinced that they had, I think they could have postponed the payment in March, but well… but what about the 20 giga storage I have and out of which I have used more than 10? Some of it consists of photos and that will go to the iCloud, I guess, but most of it is backup of my work. iCloud just gives us 5 giga…
Waiting for a reply to this on the speedy lane chat….


Just checked mine too. Here’s the link about what will be happening:

MobileMe is going away this fall and transitioning to iCloud


Well, it looks like I could have saved $80 if I had just held out another couple of weeks. Crap.

Al Dunstan

They charged mine yesterday and when I called Apple Support they said nothing could be done about it, other than cancelling my service.

I said they should give pro-rated credits or refund on the time it was renewed til today.

My charge would be 28 CENTS.

Lee Dronick

This just in to my Mobile Me email address

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


So what do people who want MobileMe-type services do between now and the fall? Google?

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