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Is it legal to use .icloud email address for your business?

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Jan 18, 2013 12:35 AM

Just curious about something..

We have just a small organization and want to utilize the .icloud email addresses and icloud as well..

Are there any legal stipulations for businesses to use Apple's .icloud email addresses?

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)

    Although iCloud is not marketed as a business class service I've not seen any restrictions on using your iCloud email address for business purposes.

     

    However, as the iCloud name is a trademark of Apple you could not use that name for your business purposes, or suggest that the iCloud domain is somehow part of your business.

     

    Why would you want to use the @icloud.com domain for your business though? It would be much better to register your own business name as a domain and use that for email. And as iCloud is a free consumer level service with very limited support and no service level guarantees, it's not really suitable for serious business use.

     

    Being seen to use a free email service may not be the image you want to portray for your professional business.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)

    There certainly shouldn't be any issues using your iCloud.com email address and the iCloud services in the way you describe.

     

    iCloud has had a few reliability issues from time to time but as long as you're not relying on it for 'mission critical' tasks it should be fine.

     

    Sharing calendars between devices/computers and within your business will work fine. If you wanted to share a calendar with the children's parents they would either need an iCloud account (for private calendars) or a CalDAV compliant calendar application to subscribe to published public iCloud calendars.

     

    Good luck!

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