Apparently, the iPhone can still be bought without the required 24-month contract with AT&T. A recent press release from AT& reveals the iPhone 3G to be priced at $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB. These contract-free prices seemed like the same prices when the first iPhone went out. Sold or not sold?
At the current pero-dollar exchange rate of Php45:$1, that’s around Php27,000 for the 8GB and Php31,500 for the 16GB. Looks like I was close with the earlier price tag of Php34,000. Add to that additional factors such as tariffs and VAT, then we’re not very far away from the real figures once it rolls out of Globe’s corridors this August/September 2008.
Those rates are almost 200% more than what Steve Jobs announced during the WWDC (no more than $199, eh?).
These prepaid units will still be locked with Globe Telecom (and AT&T) so people have to shell out an additional Php2,500 to Php4,000 if they want to insert SIM cards other than that of the official Apple iPhone distributor.
As for that Globe iPhone 3G Postpaid Plans speculated earlier, just check the existing Globe PostPaid Plans and look for phone units with prices in the vicinity of Php27k to Php32k and follow the prescribed postpaid rates.
AT&T should be able to release more details about these contract-free units. In that case, all hopes are up that I’d get myself an iPhone 3G from the US by July 15th. :D