iPhone 3G is almost here
Globe Telecoms has already announced the coming of the iPhone 3G in the Philippines. The most surprising thing here is the cost of the device. Last June, Steve Jobs has announced the release of the iPhone 3G 8GB for $199.00 about Php 8,995 and the 16GB version is for $299, thats $13,455 ($1 =Php 45.00). Quite affordable right?, well not really.
The reason being for the $199.00 tag for the toy is you have to be with AT&T wireless locked (US) for 2 years and select from their plans ranging from $69.99/month (basic plan) up to $129.99/month (unlimited data/voice plan).
According to appleinsider, the real cost of an iPhone3G is about $407 for 8GB version (Php 18,180)
Globe has already announced the pricing for the iPhone3G on their website. Here's a copy of their pricing for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers.
|The new Globe iPhone 3G Plans with FREE Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi hours |
|PLAN 1599||PLAN 2199||PLAN 3299||PLAN 3999||PLAN 4999|
|Monthly Service Fee||P1,599||P2,199||P3,299||P3,999||P4,999|
|Free Local Voice Minutes||100||210||350||500||750|
|Globe to Globe||P5.50||P5.00||P4.50||P4.00||P3.50|
|Globe to Non-Globe||P7.00||P6.50||P6.00||P5.50||P4.50|
|Free Local SMS Text Message||350||350||450||550||650|
|Text fee after free text allocation||P1.00/msg.||P0.50/msg.||P0.50/msg.||P0.50/msg.||P0.50/msg.|
|Free Local Mobile Internet Hours||40 hours||60 hours||100 hours||100 hours||100 hours|
|Rate in excess of free Mobile Internet hours||P0.50/min.||P0.50/min.||P0.50/min.||P0.50/min.||P0.50/min.|
|Free WiZ Wi-Fi Hours||20 hours||30 hours||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Rate in excess of free WiZ Wi-Fi hours||P2.00/min||P2.00/min||-||-||-|
|- 2-year lock-up applies. |
- Rates are inclusive of VAT and Currency Exchange Rate Adjustment (CERA).
- Free text allocation applies to local text messages (Globe to Globe and Globe to other networks).
- Free call minutes allocation applies to local calls (Globe to Globe, Globe to other networks, Globe to landline and NDD calls).
|Get the iPhone 3G Prepaid Kit and enjoy 50 hours of FREE Internet!* |
|*Every iPhone Prepaid Kit is provided with P200 worth of free load every month for 5 months. Using Globe's Time browsing rate at P5 for 15 minutes gives you as much as 10 free internet hours per month or as much as 50 free internet hours over 5 months! Activation of the browsing rate is required. Text TIME to 1111 for free.|
|GFLEX AND GPLAN OFFERS|
|Get the iPhone 3G with Globe's GPlan or GFlex Plans|
|Plan||GText||GMix / GFlex 800||GTalk / GFlex 1200||GTalk Plus / GFlex 1800||GMatch / GFlex 2500|
|Monthly Service Fee||P500||P800||P1,200||P1,800||P2,500|
|Plan||GMax / GFlex 3500||GPlan / GFlex 5000||GPlan / GFlex 7000||GPlan / GFlex 10000|
|Monthly Service Fee||P3,500||P5,000||P7,000||P10,000|
|- 2-year lock-up applies.|
The price for the iPhone here in the Philipines is still quite really high. But purchasing the phone from Globe will guarantee that you'll be eligible for support from Apple during your lock-in period. Also you will be able to do the restore and update your iPhone software version directly from itunes if you need to do so. I hope price will drop as soon this device is finally released so more people can afford this miniature Mac OS X computer.