Apple offers .Mac users additional email addresses

On Wednesday during Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote, users of Apple's iTools online services were told that the name would be changing to .Mac and the services would require a paid subscription.

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New subscriptions would cost US$99.95, while current iTools members could get a subscription for $49.95 until September 30, 2002. That would mean that a family that currently holds accounts for a mother, father and a couple of children could be looking at several hundred dollars to subscribe all of their accounts.

Apple's senior director of Application Product Marketing, Joe Hayashi, confirmed today that users would be able to add up to ten email accounts to a paid .Mac subscription. "We were thinking about our family customers when we did this," Hayashi told MacCentral.

The ten additional .Mac accounts get 5MB of storage space with no access to other .Mac services. Apple will offer the ten additional email addresses for a cost of $10 each.

.Mac is a suite of Internet services and software that provides Mac users with powerful tools for their life on the Internet. .Mac features email service with IMAP, POP or web-based access; 100MB of Internet storage seamlessly integrated with the Mac OS X Finder; and always-on hosting for personalized home pages and digital photo albums that can be shared with anyone on the Internet.

.Mac is available immediately as a subscription-based service for $99.95 per year.

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