GST impact: Apple iCloud storage to cost more in India from August 21

Apple's cloud storage service iCloud is going to cost more in India from August 21, all thanks to Goods and Service Tax that came into effect on July 1. Check out the details inside

Apple iCloud users alert! Apple’s cloud storage service iCloud is going to cost more in India from August 21, 2017, all thanks to Goods and Service Tax (GST) which came into effect on July 1, 2017. Apple’s cloud storage service will cost 18 percent more as the government has levied a tax of 18% on IT and electronic services.

The Cupertino-based company send an email to all its iCloud users in India regarding the revised pricing informing them that their monthly cloud storage plan will cost more from August 21 “due to a new tax on electronic services”. As a part of the price revision, the 50 GB cloud pack will now cost Rs 75 instead of the earlier price of Rs 65. On the other hand, the 200 GB iCloud storage pack, which was priced at Rs 190 earlier will now be available for Rs 220.

Similarly, the 2 TB cloud storage pack that was available for Rs 650 is likely to cost around Rs 750 from August 21, 2017. To recall, Apple offers 5 GB cloud data free to all its users. Interestingly, Apple is yet to update the revised pricing on its official website, which is still showing the old pricing plans. It remains unclear if the company would revise the pricing for Apple Music as well.

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It’s worth noting that Apple is not the only tech giant that offers its cloud storage services in India. Other companies that offer cloud services in India include– Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive and DropBox. Although these companies haven’t made any announcement yet, there a high possibility that they will soon announce a hike in their existing pricing.

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