The iPhone price in Philippines is definitely something you would want to know, having set your mind on owning or gifting the world’s most loved smartphone. This buyer’s guide is designed to help you find the best deals on the iPhone in the Philippines.
Since the release of the very first generation iPhone back in 2007 in the US, the 3 models currently available in the Philippines are the 3rd generation iPhone 3GS, the 4th generation iPhone 4, and the latest 5th generation iPhone 4S. There are generally 2 options in buying the iPhone, that is buying it locked and tied down to a carrier’s contract, or buying it unlocked without any carrier’s contract or plan. Generally speaking, buying the locked iPhone comes with lower upfront costs than the unlocked version, but with monthly costs that you would have to serve under a contract.
IPhone Carriers in Philippines
The locked iPhone can be obtained from either one of the two major carriers in the Philippines, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications. Globe Telecom was the 1st carrier to offer the iPhone 3G (2nd generation) back in August 2008. Now with the latest release of the iPhone 4S that was just launched on December 16, 2011 in the Philippines, Smart Communications has also joined Globe in offering the iPhone 4S as well.
Globe Telecom iPhone Prices in Philippines
Globe Telecom offers the iPhone 4S 16GB for 4,800 pesos cash-out under Plan 1799, or for free on Plan 2499 onwards. The 32GB model goes for 10,080 pesos cash-out under Plan 1799, 4,800 pesos cash-out under Plan 2499, and for free under Plan 3799. Meantime, the largest 64GB model costs 15,096 pesos cash-out under Plan 1799, 10,080 pesos cash-out under Plan 2499, and 4,800 pesos under Plan 3799. These 3 plans are inclusive of unlimited data, and also include freebies to choose from such as extra calls or messaging.
As for the earlier iPhone 4 that was released last year in June 2010 in the US, this model costs 8,399 pesos for the 16GB, and 13,799 pesos for the 32GB under My Super Plan Unli Surf Combo 2499, available in both black and white color options. The 16GB model becomes free under Plan 3799 onwards, while the 32GB becomes free from Plan 5000 onwards. At the cheapest Plan 299, the iPhone 4 16GB would cost 29,199 pesos, while the 32GB model costs 34,599 pesos. For the cheapest budget option, you can also get the older iPhone 3GS 8GB for free under My Super Plan Unli Surf Combo 1799.
Smart Comms iPhone Prices in Philippines
Under the 2nd carrier Smart Communications, they only offer the latest iPhone 4S, where the 16GB model becomes free under iPhone Plan 2499. Meantime, the 32GB model becomes free under the Unlimited Data Plan 3000, and the 64GB model becomes free under Unlimited Data Plan 4000. Under the cheapest iPhone Plan 999, the iPhone 4S 16GB would cost 999 pesos/month, the 32GB at 1,200 pesos/month, and the 64GB at 1,400 pesos/month.
Moving on to the unlocked iPhone option, this is where the iPhone does not come with a SIM card, so you are free to get any micro-SIM card from any GSM carrier worldwide that has supporting iPhone plans. This option works best if you travel internationally on a very frequent basis, making it impractical to be tied down to a fixed contract locally. The other main scenario where buying an unlocked iPhone makes perfect sense is when you are giving it as a gift. The receiver is then free to choose any plan that suits their needs, unless you so happen to know what they need.
Unlocked iPhone Price in Philippines
In the Philippines, unfortunately the unlocked iPhones are not yet officially available as of the time of this writing in December 2011, since there has yet to be an Apple Retail Store to be opened in this country. It is possible to buy the unlocked iPhone in Philippines from the ‘grey market’, which are basically unofficial sources that import the iPhone from other countries. Naturally the unlocked iPhone price in Philippines is considerably higher than getting it directly from the source countries themselves, such as from Hong Kong or Singapore. Some typical prices sighted for the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S are in the range of 55,000 pesos for the 16GB model, 60,000 pesos for the 32GB and 64,000 pesos for the 64GB. This amounts to about twice the original retail price in Canada, which is still ‘fair’ considering the added price of the airfare in shipping the iPhones over.
Cheapest iPhone Price in Philippines?
Overall, there are many options to choose from in weighing out the iPhone price in Philippines. It might not be advisable to go for the cheapest iPhone price and pay a hefty monthly subscription. You may end up with a higher iPhone cost of ownership. The iPhone basically needs a voice and data plan whether you get it locked or unlocked, so be sure to choose a plan that best matches your needs and data usage patterns for the best value for money.
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