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Can't Live With/Can't Live Without Mobile Me

Is Apple's over-the-air application that syncs contacts, e-mail and events across devices a critical tool for mobile entrepreneurs?

This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Can't Live With It
"I could not wait when it first launched. I needed a way to keep my desktop, laptop and iPhone in sync. I need to be able to pull up information, e-mails and files from anywhere at a moment's notice. I had hoped to find my silver bullet in MobileMe. I was unpleasantly surprised. It took forever for me to attempt uploads and when I did get past the upload page, it threw me an error. I found it to be inflexible for data imports.

I also found the service to be intermittent as a whole. What's the use of having a product that you use to access from everywhere when it can't be accessed from anywhere? It didn't give me much confidence in the safety and accessibility of my mission-critical data.

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