iCloud Storage Plans Detailed – Refunds Available

Apple just launched the iCloud.com webpage for developers a few short hours ago. The service is very similar to the now (or shortly to be) decommissioned MobileMe, with web apps for Mail, Calendar and Contacts. Additionally, there’s also a version of iWork for iCloud that lets users access their iWork documents stored on iCloud via the new website. The interface is quite reminiscent of iOS and fits well with Apple’s strategy of maintaining a consistent user interface across their devices and operating systems.

Today’s update also unveiled pricing for extra storage on iCloud in addition to the 5GB already available to all users. Apple is currently offering 10GB, 20GB or 50GB of additional storage for a yearly charge of $20, $40 and $100 respectively. Those of you running iOS 5 Beta should be able to see the new plans via the "Buy More Storage" option under iCloud settings. 

What’s interesting is that Apple is offering a 15-day refund period for upgrades or a 45-day refund period for yearly subscriptions to all users. As some of you might recollect, quite recently, Apple was forced to comply with local Taiwanese consumer protection laws by allowing a 7-day refund period on app purchases on the Taiwanese App Store. While its unclear whether this policy is a way to avoid further confrontation with local jurisdictions, it is definitely something that end users will appreciate.

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