But it certainly didn't gain and major traction the way their free competitors did.
Originally Posted by Doolie
Besides making it free, they also put it on steroids. MobileMe has no APIs for third party apps to utilize directly, couldn't sync media between devices, couldn't do OTA system backups or restores, couldn't do live OTA activation. etc, etc, etc. MobileMe was a failure in terms of gaining significant traction in the market place. iCloud has all the pieces to do so. iCloud isn't so much a free MobileMe as much as MobileMe was an immature, underdeveloped, paid, small subset of what iCloud is.
And yes, while MobileMe wasn't expensive, free will often win out, especially when free alternatives were more functional in many ways.
Unlocked Pentaband iPhone 5 (AWS), unlocked iPhone 4
Unlimited airtime, Unlimited CAN/US long distance, Unlimited SMS to CAN/US wireless numbers
2500 Call Forwarding minutes to CAN/US numbers
Google Voice for visual voice mail with message transcription, conditional greetings, unlimited messages (vs 35 message cap), remote retrieval from any PC or phone, no auto-purge after 10 days and most importantly no $7-$8 charge.