iCloud Upgrade Pricing: How Does It Compare?

iOS 5 goes on general release in Australia on October 13 next week, and if the 5GB of free storage Apple offers for its iCloud service isn’t enough for you, you can pay for upgrades. What are the Australian charges and how do they compare to similar services?

Direct from Apple’s local press release, here’s the official word on pricing:

Additional iCloud storage upgrades are available to purchase starting at AUD$21 inc. GST a year for 10GB, AUD$42 inc. GST a year for 20GB and AUD$105 inc. GST a year for 50GB.

Note that the 5GB is for mail, documents and general backup; per Apple, “purchased music, TV shows, apps, books and Photo Stream do not count against the storage limit”, so you don’t have to panic in storage terms about photos syncing between devices (3G allowances might be another matter). And if you do have large amounts of data to move between iDevices, those prices aren’t too bad.

By way of a speedy comparison, Dropbox charges $US99 a year for 50GB; Google charges $US100 for 400GB. We’re well aware that none of these services do exactly the same thing (and all have different rules about what “counts” as used storage), but in terms of raw storage capacity per dollar, the rates are much the same for Dropbox and Apple; Google is still a lot cheaper overall.

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