Apple iCloud pricing revealed
Brits set to pay 14 per cent more than the Yanks
Apple has lifted the covers from its UK and US pricing model for the iCloud with a bunch of options for fanbois to suck up additional storage space.
And there were no surprises as our friends across the Atlantic are once again getting a better deal.
A beta version of the web-based service went live today, giving users 5GB of capacity to house content – not including music or photos – which can be accessed via Apple's fleet of mobile devices.
Obsessive-compulsives or general low-level hoarders will need to stump up additional cash to go over the free limit given by the Jobsian empire.
The upgrade costs £14 per year for another 10GB of storage, £28 for twice that capacity and £70 for 50GB, each 14 per cent more expensive than the US, with the stateside low, mid and top tiers going for $20, $40 and $100 respectively.
The firm confirmed recently that the web apps integrated into MobileMe will survive the transition to iCloud but the iWeb publishing, Gallery and iDisk tools were canned at the end of June.
Apps include Webmail, contact manager, calendar, iWork docs and a Find My iPhone tool.
The tentative deadline for the general release of iCloud is set for the autumn. ®
Has anyone mentioned VAT yet?
Hold on.. $20 for an extra 10GB.. that works out at £12.30. Add vat onto that and you're at £14.76.. seems pretty reasonable to me.. technically cheaper than for the yanks.. (if vat registered)
Not this again...
Do we have to do this every time the Reg publishes an article about pricing differences?
It's called VAT.
Google makes $20 = £12.30 at the moment/.
Add VAT onto that at 20% and you get £14.76.
So unless the VAT rate for digital services is different* this is actually a better deal than the yanks are getting.
* Possible, I find the HMRC website basically useless unless you already know where to look for something. However I did find a bit that specifies that VAT on digital services is charged at the rate of the customer's location in the EU, so basing the service in a low VAT location makes no difference. That assumes I understood the tax-man's explanation.