Free MobileMe for iPhone users incoming?

iOS 4.2 could come with pleasant surprise

New over-the-air syncing system could be behind MobileMe changes.

Apple is preparing to offer free access to its MobileMe service with the release of iOS 4.2. That’s according to MacRumors, which has unearthed mentions of “free accounts” in the final build of the OS, which is due to land this week.

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While this is undoubtedly good news for those who aren’t down with paying Apple a subscription fee, it appears unlikely that this will stretch to free MobileMe mail. Code in the gold master build of iOS 4.2 also says, “This Apple ID cannot be used for MobileMe Mail, but you can use it for other MobileMe services."

Instead, it seems you’ll be able to tap into MobileMe using your Apple ID, allowing you to use other services such as iDisk, Find My iPhone and over-the-air syncing of Calendars, Notes and Contacts. The latter is an area where iOS has been seriously lagging behind Android, which uses Google sign-ins to sync contacts info and restore backed-up apps.

All will be revealed this week, with 24 November pegged as the release date for the much-awaited iOS 4.2. Will you use MobileMe if it’s free? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

Via MacRumors