One week to go and Globe Telecoms will be making available the iPhone 3G S to its postpaid and prepaid subscribers. Am making special mention of Globe because the last time I asked at the cellphone tiangge in Robinsons Manila, they gave no indication that they’ll have it handy before Globe’s July 31 release to the public.
Am certainly very interested in getting the new iPhone and studying my options at the moment. That is, do I subscribe to a Globe plan or just buy an unlocked unit? I’ve remained a prepaid subscriber all these years because I hate paying monthly bills and it enables us (rather, the husband) to budget cellphone bills effectively. The only downside I see in this is that I change my phone number every time I lose my cellphone which is OFTEN, hehehe.
Looking at the Globe site, it was kinda weird to see that the iPhone 8GB and 16GB will be a lot more expensive than the iPhone 3GS (both 16 and 32 GB) when the latter is made available. For example, cash out for the iPhone 16GB at Plan 2199 is at P15,350 while for the iPhone 3G S (32GB!), it’s only P13,150. At Plans 399 to 2199, cash out for the old iPhone is from 20-40 percent higher than the 3G S.
We don’t know the reason for this. Perhaps this is all part of Globe’s marketing plan to push sales of the 3G S. It should all be good since Globe’s pricing will also dictate that of the gray market. Which means the unlocked, jailbroken new iPhone will be priced competitively, if not more affordably.
Anyway, my MB editor has pointed me to the direction of the Apple Store in Hong Kong for the latest iPhones. The 18GB 3G S is at HK$ 5388, or P33243.996 using a conversion rate of P6.17. That isn’t so bad as well, and what’s good is that the Apple Store offers free shipping within 24 hours!