The iPhone 4S has just started pre-selling in Singapore so we’re thinking the Philippines could be next (based on last year’s trend, this could be 3 to 4 weeks). The starting price — SGD948, just over Php32k for the 16GB model. That’s about Php2k more expensive than last year.
Based on current conversion rates, the prices of iPhone 4S in Singapore is as follows.
iPhone 4S 16GB – Php32,300
iPhone 4S 32GB – Php36,800
iPhone 4S 64GB – Php42,200
If we extrapolate the price difference from last year’s iPhone 4 price with Globe Telecom, there’s a Php7.5k and Php8.5k margin for the 16GB and 32GB models.
That means, we could see the following prepaid kit prices from Globe when they release the iPhone 4S in the Philippines:
iPhone 4S 16GB – Php39,800
iPhone 4S 32GB – Php45,300
iPhone 4S 64GB – Php50,700
Now that’s gonna be a hard sell. I just hope Globe rationalizes it and brings it down a bit (maybe like a 35k, 40k and 45k pricing plan?). This is just an estimate based on historical data so it’s not final yet until we’ve actually seen it.