Will the iPhone sell in the Philippines?
August 19, 2008
The launch of the Apple iPhone in the Philippines is just a few days away (on August 22, to be exact) but an analyst thinks the timing of the launch may just not be right.
He cited inflation and the rising costs of food and oil as current deterrents for Filipinos to buy high-end luxury items such as the iPhone.
This despite price cutbacks by Globe Telecom on the iPhone. Last week, Globe announced it would sell iPhone 3G prepaid kits starting at P37,599 (8Gb) and P43,799 (16 GB).
The iPhone 3G is also available via postpaid subscriptions ranging from P1,599 to P4,999 in monthly fees.
Globe’s prepaid plans come with P1,000 in load credits spread over five months, or P200 per month. The first 1,000 phonekit purchases will also get an additional P1,000 discount off the purchase price, according to Globe.
At these prices and benefits, are you still willing to get an iPhone?