Deal breaker: no subscribed calendars in MobileMe

Deal breaker: no subscribed calendars in MobileMe

Summary: One of my favorite features of MobileMe (and DotMac before it) is subscribed calendars. This feature allows my wife and I to maintain separate calendars which we share with each other by subscribing to each others calendar.

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Another MobileMe knock: no subscribed calendarsOne of my favorite features of MobileMe (and DotMac before it) is subscribed calendars. This feature allows my wife and I to maintain separate calendars which we share with each other by subscribing to each others calendar. It's great way to keep schedules in order and to prevent double booking events – but it doesn't work with MobileMe.

I initially avoided MobileMe's iPhone syncing after following the rash of problems the service was experiencing. After growing tired of syncing my iPhone with Apple's stupid, proprietary 30-pin cable, I finally switched to to MobileMe syncing last month. It worked quite well and I was excited about it – until I noticed that my wife's calendar wasn't syncing.

It turns out that I forgot that Apple dropped subscribed calendar support in MobileMe back in August, making it a deal breaker for me. Knowledgebase Article TS1213 states:

When syncing subscription calendars between a Mac and an iPhone/iPod touch wirelessly via MobileMe Sync: Subscription calendars do not appear in your iPhone/iPod touch.

So now I'm back to syncing an advanced wireless devices with three built-in radios with a $19 cable.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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    Since it is your wife, why not sync directly with her account from
    your phone?
    tlattie
  • RE: Deal breaker: no subscribed calendars in MobileMe

    Not sure how you have it set up, but my home computer has
    6 calendars (each family member, holidays, B-Days....) and
    they all sync with my iPhone and the rest of my
    laptops/desktops. No issues at all. My wife makes a change
    to one and it syncs to my iPhone...There is no need to
    subscribe to each others calendar.
    TeeTimeTB
  • RE: Deal breaker: no subscribed calendars in MobileMe

    BusySync will allow you to subscribe to calendars, and they become "real" iCal calendars that your iPhone can see...
    almostwise
  • RE:Deal breaker: no subscribed calendars in MobileMe

    I agree that Apple really fell down on supporting this. In
    my opinion subscribed calendars should have been
    included in iPhone 2 software. Additionally I think the
    MobileMe Family pack should allow the sharing of
    calendars between Family pack members, either as
    subscribtion or full read/write on a user selectable basis.
    That said there are several work arounds. Others have
    mentioned BusySync but I ended up choosing
    SpanningSync and setting up a Google calendar account
    with all of the shared calendars (wife, kids, school, etc.)
    that allows for full read/write access from either iPhone or
    mac. After I set all that up and purchased SpanningSync
    Google annouced its CalDAV support
    <http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py
    ?answer=99355&topic=13949> but I haven't tried it to see
    if there are any issues.
    Hopefully Apple will step in and fill the gap in this basic
    service (maybe to-do support too?)
    alexwt