Yesterday afternoon my mail just stopped working. MobileMe went down, and there was no way – not through iPhone, Desktop, or Webmail to access my email. Since I depend on my email heavily for work, to say that it was a bit upsetting would be an understatement.
To make matters worse, Gmail went down at the exact same time – making my alternate email unavailable as well. Had that not happened, there would probably be an article today about how I was dropping my MobileMe account, and it was time to move back to Gmail.
Unfortunately, now I’m sitting here not sure what to do. The MobileMe situation is getting past the point of acceptable. I mean this is a paid service that can’t even keep my email available on a consistent basis. My subscription expires in a month or so – and I see no reason to renew it. Not one…except that I don’t want to lose email from people that might be sending something to my @mac account.
The Gmail situation is a one time thing (for me anyway) in the last several years – so I don’t think that you can say that gmail is as unreliable as MobileMe has become – but all of my email address are set up with one of these two services – and have been for years.
As a result, I don’t really want to look at Yahoo! or (God forbid) Hotmail. So it seems, for the time being, I’m just stuck with Apple’s crappy MobileMe service.
I would warn others, though, that MobileMe is not something that is currently good enough to pay for. In fact – I almost feel like Apple should be paying ME something for putting up with this crap.