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I'm starting to get more messages about MobileMe ending, but despite all the info people have been posting online, I'm still confused as to how to deal with my own situation.

I currently keep all my contacts, calendar, and probably a few other things on MobileMe, and have my devices tied to that account's Find My iDevice function.

However, I use a different email address for my Apple account (app purchases, Game Center, etc.). I believe I've already created an iCloud account using this email, though I'm not sure if I have anything on it yet. It seems that Apple really only wants you to have one sign-on for iCloud, the app store, etc., since you can store your purchases there.

It sounds like I can't really merge the MobileMe data into my existing Apple/iCloud account.

It sounds like some me functionality is going away (ie, not replicated by iCloud functionality).

What do I need to do to keep my calendar and contacts synced across all my computers and devices, and how do I move them from my existing MobileMe account to my existing iCloud account?

Can I still keep my email address?

Does iCloud have an email account/address that comes with it?

It seems like I should be able to wrap my head around this myself, but it's still unclear.

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Here is a fantastic article on moving to iCloud.

And, yes, you can keep your current address. Instead of being associated with MobileMe, email addresses are now iCloud (and MobileMe user will be migrated over), so the email address that comes with iCloud is Again, I believe you are able to keep your current address.

Unfortunately, merging wouldn't be possible.

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Did you mean to say merging is impossible? There is no way to combine two accounts into one. – bmike Mar 23 '12 at 13:49
Yes. In thinking about it. I will fix my answer. Thanks! – bassplayer7 Mar 23 '12 at 13:54

Here's the best advice I can provide if going back and re-reading the FAQ doesn't solve your decision making process.

If you try signing up for a new iCloud account, and any person has a MobileMe account with the same name - then you will be told the user name is taken. If that old account has expired, then you will need Apple to either release the old accounts (which could happen all together) or get Apple to re-activate it. I could imagine either would be hard to find a lever to accomplish as one person acting alone.

However, if your MobileMe account is still active (which is likely since you are still receiving warning messages), you should plan to migrate the account before it gets too late.

When you migrate, you do lose the ability to sync with older devices (pre-Lion and pre-iOS5) but you have preserved access to the majority of the functions on devices running Lion and iOS5. This need to run recent software is the only drawback to migrating. The rest of the "not making it to iCloud" functionality like galleries, iWeb hosting and such will still work until MobileMe expires on June 30, 2012.

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