Ladies and gents, Elbert Cuenca, PhilMUG chairman has an iPhone. I guess to the western readers, it doesn’t really matter but to us Asians, it does. A lot. He’s not just the first person in his block, but the first consumer in the Philippines to have one.
The plan cost was $29.99. In addition, I had to sign up for a MediaNet Unlimited package $19.99 and some hidden iPhone activation fee which, with taxes, totaled $54.17. With the debit card transaction through, I got an email notification that the account is being processed, and then another one that said it was successful. A phone number and a temporary PIN code was indicated. The instruction was to reconnect the iPhone to get it activated. So I did, and viola! the phone started working.
Full discussion over at PhilMUG.