So now I ask the big question: when the iPhone comes to the Philippines in January (according to industry rumor), which local telco will Apple partner with? With the three choices of Globe, SMART and SUN Cellular, the apparent choice may actually be the first two because of better EDGE networks compared to SUN Cellular. Not that it matters. You will be able to unlock the phone afterwards anyway. I’m more curious about the additional perks that could theoretically be offered – Globe bundling free GlobeQuest accounts for WiFi use while SMART doing their own thing with Airborne Access. Oh, the monopolies!
The advantage of buying the iPhone with a plan from a telco will mean subsidized rates – making the consumer eligible for the price drop. Note that the $200 drop only applies for buying the iPhone with a new subscription. I guess the alternative would be to hop on over to Greenhills and buy the unlocked iPhone for a higher markup.