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Globe Telecom nabs Apple iPhone deal

An email just this afternoon pointed me to the press release that Globe Telecom has agreed with Apple to exclusively offer the iPhone in the Philippines. Announcement was made at 1PM this afternoon.

On the Globe Corporate site:

Globe, SingTel, Bharti Airtel and Optus to bring iPhone to the region

Manila, 12 May 2008 – Globe, SingTel, Bharti Airtel and Optus today announced that they have signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to the Philippines, Singapore, India, and Australia later this year.

More information will be released at a later date.

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Finally!

A call to people inside Globe turned out nothing. They’re all mum about it. Not even a clue. All they told me is that it will be offered later this year. That’s it. No details on the plans, prices and release dates. Will have to dig deeper. *heh*

Wait, does that mean Apple will open up iTunes in the Philippines as well? Remember that Apple ties up your iTunes account with your iPhone subscription. But iPhones are already available in the Philippines. Just visit Virramall in Greenhills. Now, I’m more excited with the prospect of getting an iTunes account than an iPhone being legitimately available with a local telco.

Will the iPhone muster enough influence to make people switch providers? (That’s what happened with AT&T in the US.)

{Hat tip: Andre John & Mobius}

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

42 Responses

  1. lito says:

    I think iphone cannot muster enough influence to filipinos kasi sa taas ng price sa globe. but see later what globe can do to convince customers.

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  3. lito says:

    may account na ako sa itunes dahil lately nakabili ako ng ipod touch. maybe isusunod ko ang iphone.Sir, any news regards an iphone na medyo mura? planning to have one this year. sana nga may itunes site tayo dito.

  4. lito says:

    ok sana ang iphone kung mas mataas ng doble man lamang sa 199usd. eh ang nangyari 5X ang price sa phil. peso. in 100thousand person in the mall or anywhere masuerte ka kung makakita ka ng isang iphone unit.kaya magisipisip naman sana ang globe company. bawasan naman ang presyo [email protected]!

  5. jmazaredo says:

    UCEPROTECT-Level3
    Reputation of ASN 4775 | GLOBE-TELECOM-AS Globe Telecom, Inc.
    AS Status Provider has
    total IP’s Level 1 listed spammers
    within the last 7 days Escalation to Level 3
    by Level 1 records Optional Expressdelisting
    WARNING!
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    TO PREVENT NEW LISTINGS
    4775 LISTED 226560 497 (0.219 %) 453

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    GAME OVER. We and our users have seen enough spam and heared all possible excusions why some lazy providers think to be not responsible for what their customers are doing.

    We are not just another blacklist. We really know better. Massive spam is always a problem tolerated by the provider.

  6. samar surf says:

    wow dats nice i hope prepaid yan..exciting…

  7. yoshee says:

    OMG..buti di me bumili nung unang iphone cuz i think pangt kasi walang 3g o hidni 3g at daming features na wala na nasa new iphone 3g ngayon….bibili ako nyan for sure wahahaha

  8. clyde says:

    hey does that mean kapag bumili ako sa ibang bansa at dinala ko sa philippines hnd katulad yun ng nabebenta d2?..

  9. gian says:

    damn i got my new iphone 16 gb model and now this. 199$ so does this mean na halos 10k lng yan d2 sa pinas pag dumating?? and ung 16 gb ay 15 k lng?? paano yan? i need to know if that’ll be the price of the phone para ngayun plang masell ko na ung phone ko. haha. reply nmn kayu ohh

  10. tiff k says:

    Wow! I didn’t hear about this news! Whoa, i guess as a Globe user, I’m happy? lolz! But you’re right, I’m more excited about the iTunes philippines rather than the iphone itself since I already have a jailbroken itouch. =)

    I really like your site by the way! =)

  11. denz says:

    GLOBE 3G is faster than SMART. GLOBE has HSDPA which about 3X faster than ordinary 3G network. Its like comparing an ordinary GSM GPRS and GSM EDGE. If some people are concern about prepaid/postpaid, later on this iphone 3g will be available in greenhills anyway.

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