The US Apple Online Store has started selling unlocked iPhone 4 with the 16GB model priced at $649. The move could have been prompted by the expiration of the lock-in with AT&T which lasted for years.
If that’s the case, it is also possible we might be seeing Apple also offering unlocked iPhone 4’s in other countries, including the Philippines. Other countries like Hong Kong already have unlocked iPhone 4s due to legal restrictions.
The starting price of $649 translates to about Php28,500 and the 32GB is $749 (Php32,500). Still not that cheap but obviously beter than the Php38k and Php42k prepaid offer with Globe.
This also means you can ask your relatives in the US to buy you one and it should be able to work here in the Philippines.