I signed up for the 60 day free trail of MobileMe about 45 days ago. I wanted to take it for a spin mainly because of the multi-device contact sync feature. I sorely needed the ability to add a new contact on any of my three devices–work computer, home computer and phone–and then have my address book sync in the cloud, automatically updating all my devices without requiring a manual sync via iTunes. Although MobileMe has several other useful features, contact syncing was the only feature I really needed.
When setting up MobileMe, I noticed the Find My Phone feature and went through the process to enable the feature on my iPhone. Fast forward 45 days to last Wednesday, when I was on a work trip to San Francisco and lost my phone somewhere between the plane and the SFO airport exit. Distracted, already late for my meeting and outside the security checkpoint, I realized my phone was gone and it was too late to go back and try to find it.
Despite being frantic and confused, I remembered that I had set up the MobileMe "find my phone" feature, and I quickly hopped on the airport wi-fi with my computer to log on to my me.com account. Selected the find my phone icon and within seconds–BAM!–there it was.
It was not a surprise, or particularly helpful, that showed my my phone was in fact still in the airport, but it seemed like a miracle that I could immediately password lock, wipe data and/or send a message to display on the phone. I had bought the phone a month prior and had not password protected it (stupid, I know), so you can imagine what a HUGE relief it was that I could quickly and easily protect access to the sensitive information stored in my email, contacts, notes… you name it.
Beyond the peace of mind that my information and data was safe, during the two days on the hunt to get it back, I was able to check-in and confirm that it had never left the airport. All the while the airline and airport's lost and found said they didn't seem to have it. But I knew it was there! I followed up in email conversations with the airline and airport personel attaching the screenshots above. Without MobileMe I would have given up and accepted it was gone, but I persisted, eventually it was found and now my iPhone is on its way back to me.
To buy a new iPhone 4 would have cost me $760.00. The MobileMe service is $99/yr. When my 60 day trial is up in the next few weeks, I will fork over the cash to keep my account. It has more than paid for itself.