Globe Telecom today announced it will reduce the price of iPhone 3G by P4000 with the purchase of an 8GB or 16GB iPhone 3G prepaid kit. The new pricing will make iPhone 3G even more affordable in the Philippines, with the 8GB version costing just P33,599 and the 16GB version at P39,799.
Last August 6, Globe Telecom announced the official release date of the iPhone 3G in the Philippines. The sale date is on August 22, 2008. Globe is suggesting that people start reserving their unit of the iPhone 3G in order to get an early take.
The catch, however, are the pricing plans made available to Globe Subscribers:
The pricing is as follows for the 2-year locked prepaid kits:
Php41,889 for 8GB iPhone 3G
Php48,889 for 16GB iPhone 3G
* Comes with 50 hours of free mobile internet. Includes Php200 free load per month for 5 months. The Php5 per 15 minutes 3G charging also applies.
For Globe Postpaid Plans:
Plan 1599: Php1,599/month (Php16,800 for 8GB and Php22,300 for 16GB)
Plan 2199: Php2,199/month (Php14,600 for 8GB and Php20,000 for 16GB)
Plan 3299: Php3,299/month (Php12,300 for 8GB and Php17,800 for 16GB)
Plan 3999: Php3,999/month (Php5,600 for 8GB and Php11,000 for 16GB)
Plan 4999: Php4,999/month (FREE for 8GB and Php5,000 for 16GB)
Screen – 480×320 px, 3.5 in (89 mm), color LCD
Camera – 2.0 megapixel
Operating system – iPhone OS (1.1.4) (2.0 coming soon)
Input – 4 hardware buttons and Multi-touch touchscreen
CPU – 620 MHz ARM 1176,underclocked to 412 MHz
GPU – PowerVR MBX 3D
Ringtone – iTunes Store via iTunes (U.S. only), custom creation using GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
Memory – 128 MB DRAM
Storage – Flash memory 4, 8, or 16 GB
Networks – Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 GPRS/EDGE
3G also includes – Tri bandUMTS/HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100, A-GPS
Connectivity – Dock connector
USB FireWire (charging only) Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Battery Lithium-ion polymer battery Original:
4.5 in (110 mm) (h)
2.4 in (61 mm) (w)
0.46 in (12 mm) (d)
Physical size 3G:
4.5 in (110 mm) (h)
2.4 in (61 mm) (w)
0.48 in (12 mm) (d)
Weight Original: 135 g (4.8 oz)
3G: 133 g (4.7 oz)
The iPhone 3G is priced at $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version, black or white.
The release of the iPhone 3G in the Philippines is nearing but there are still questions that remain un-answered.
When exactly will the iPhone 3G be released in the Philippines? Worldwide release is on July 11, 2008 but in the Philippines, Globe Telecom has an unofficial date of September 2008.
How much or what’s the price of the iPhone 3G when it reaches the Philippines? We’re sure it’s not going to be just $199. YugaTech says the prepaid plans for the iPhone 3G could be as high a Globe Plan Php3,500.
What’s the prepaid price of the iPhone 3G? Based on European prices of the unsubsidized iPhone 3G, it could be as high as Php34,000.
Can we unlock it? How to unlock the iPhone 3G? Probably yes you can. There will be softwares that allow you to unlock the iPhone 3G. But that would mean you’re still locked paying Globe Telecom a monthly subscription fee still
lobe Telecom and Apple today announced that they will be bringing the highly anticipated iPhone™ 3G to the Philippines later this year.
iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.
“We are very excited to be working with Apple to bring Filipino consumers iPhone 3G later this year,” said Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. president and CEO of Globe Telecom. “Our customers are our greatest passion and we’re constantly striving to offer them the most innovative products such as the revolutionary iPhone 3G.”
“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 3G to millions of mobile customers in the Philippines,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “We can’t wait to get this revolutionary mobile device in the hands of even more people around the world.”
iPhone 3G will be available to Globe’s postpaid and prepaid subscribers in the Philippines later this year.
*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions.
Globe Telecom is a leading telecommunications company in the Philippines with more than 21 million mobile subscribers. As a pioneer, Globe Telecom continues to be a part of the revolution that’s connecting millions of people across the Philippines and around the world. Beyond technology, Globe Telecom’s business is truly shaped by the bonds that tie Filipinos together. Communications is ultimately about relationships, and this drives the company to innovate and constantly find easy and relevant ways to enrich people’s lives.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.