P41,899 for an 8GB pre-paid iPhone 3G. That’s almost $930!!!!
That’s expensive! And i thought that Apple – the direct supplier – is only selling the iPhone for $199 (P8,955.00) a $731 difference.
Meanwhile, the 16GB prepaid iPhone 3G is selling for P48,899.00.
I say these prices are absurd!!!! Apple clearly wanted the iPhone 3G to be cheap so that more people would be attracted to buy and use it. But with this pricing.. i say it’s not worth buying an iPhone.
I’m thinking that bulk of the $731 excess in the price of the iPhone is brought about by 2 things: Profit and Taxes/Government fees.
Here are the postpaid plans you can choose from:
I really feel that Globe went way to “pricey” on the iPhone 3G. But as any new gadget that comes out, especially with the big amount of HYPE, this is a “normal” result.. meaning they do start at a high level.
I say, rather than buying an iPhone 3G, i suggest these alternatives:
2. You could also get a Internet Tablet like the N800 or N810.
3. Buy a Laptop. Nowadays, good laptops can be bought for less than P35,000
Also, for Smart and SUN (who will soon be releasing their 3G services), i say grab the iPhone alternatives from Samsung, LG, HTC, and Nokia. Specifically, the Smasung Omnia, Samsung instinct, HTC Diamond, and the soon to be launched Nokia touchscreen phone.
Then make sure that the price is half of the iPhone 3G. Then we’ll see the iPhone 3G price drop.
But if you still want to grab an iPhone 3G after reading this, then reserve a unit now.
(note: rates i used – $1 = P45.00)
After i posted this article, Dave pointed me to a case of overpriced iPhone 3G in Canada. Just like Globe, Apple awarded the selling of iPhone 3G to Rogers Communications. However,
Apple was “disgusted” with the rates Rogers is charging on the iPhone. An Apple store manager last week confirmed to CBCNews.ca that staff were “very disappointed” by the cellphone company’s rates and that Apple was keeping a tally of complaints. (source)
Almost 60,000 people signed up for the online petition regading this issue.
I will also try to get the side of Globe on why their plans are high.