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MobileMe blinking on and off

Apple's cross-platform .Mac replacement kinda out there

Apple’s replacement service for .Mac, MobileMe, hasn’t officially launched yet, but the software to upgrade is on Apple’s servers.

Logging on to Me.com, however, isn't always successful.

The update replaces the old .Mac preference pane with a new MobileMe version.

MobileMe is a service that Apple describes as “Exchange for the rest of us.” The new iPhone-friendly service offers push email, calendars and contacts for users, keeping that information up-to-date whether they’re viewing it at a computer or an iPhone.

Logging on today (July 10) oftens gets you this maintenance screen.

But, if you're lucky, you might also see at least the first page of the new log-in process, as shown here.

The web-based MobileMe works with the iPhone’s mail, calendar, and contacts applications in addition to working with Mail, iCal, and Address book on the Mac and Outlook on the PC.

On the web, MobileMe uses an AJAX interface so users will have a similar experience using online apps as they do with their desktop applications.

MobileMe will cost £59 per year. An individual membership comes with 20GB of combined email and file storage, 200GB of monthly data transfer.

The £89 Family Pack includes one individual account plus four Family Member accounts, each with its own email address, 5GB of combined email and file storage, and 50GB of monthly data transfer.

Current .Mac subscribers will be automatically upgraded.

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