In a Globe event that happened tonight at the Manila Peninsula, Globe CEO Ernest Cu confirms they are preparing the release of the iPhone 4S in the Philippines in the next couple of weeks. That brings us to a timeline of 1st week to 2nd week of December 2011.
Globe Telecom’s event tonight was actually to announce that they will be investing about $700 million (or over Php30 billion) in the next 18 months to replace all their infrastructure to the latest available technology that is IPv6 capable and HSPA+/LTE ready.
The iPhone 4S was only mentioned in passing — “while other telcos are making public announcement, we at Globe are silently preparing for the launch of the iPhone 4S in a couple of weeks” or something to that effect, says Cu.
After the event, I did a one-on-one interview with Ernest Cu for ABS-CBN’s camera crew and then pressed him about the iPhone 4S. He could not add anything else adding that they are contractually obligated to be silent about it.
We earlier reported that Smart-PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan also promised to release the iPhone 4S to its high-end subscribers before end of December. So it looks like both Globe and Smart will carry the iPhone 4S. The most likely scenario is that it will be launched simultaneously.