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iPhone 3GS in Malaysia

iPhone 3GS Asia

According to KLue, a Maxis Communications Berhad press release has confirmed that the official launch date of iPhone 3GS in Malaysia will be on July 31. The press release also gave some details on the pricing of the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3GS as well as the 8GB iPhone 3G. Maxis is now accepting pre-booking on their website for the iPhone 3GS.

This comes after the announcement by Globe Telecom in early July about the July 31st release date of the iPhone 3GS in the Philippines and have started accepting reservations this Wednesday.

The iPhone 3GS went on sale in Hong Kong and Singapore on July 10.

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Thousands line up for iPhone 3GS Singapore launch

MacNN reported that last Friday’s launch of the iPhone 3GS in Singapore attracted a huge crowd. It was estimated that at least 3,000 eager customers gathered around SingTel’s corporate headquarters. SingTel created a more festive atmosphere by featuring fireworks and a confetti drop.

SingTel expects large crowds to persist for several days.

I wonder if Globe is planning an event for the iPhone 3GS release on July 31.

By the way, Globe will start accepting reservations for the iPhone 3GS on July 15.

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Globe Telecom announces the coming of iPhone 3GS

Globe Telecom, Apple’s official carrier of the iPhone in the Philippines, has announced in their website that the iPhone 3GS will hit the shores on July 31. The previous model iPhone, the iPhone 3G, was launched here on August 22, 2008.

Plans

The iPhone 3GS can be availed through a postpaid plan or a prepaid kit. For postpaid plans, a customer may choose between the regular postpaid plans (under GPlan or GFlex) or an iPhone plan.

The main difference between the iPhone plan and the regular postpaid plan is the inclusion of free mobile internet in the iPhone plan. Though regular postpaid plan subscribers can use Globe’s cellular network to access the internet via EDGE, 3G or 3.5G, the cost of access will be added on top of the monthly subscription fee under GPlan or deducted accordingly under GFlex.

Globe’s iPhone plan offers between 20 to 100 hours (or between 100 to 600MB) of free mobile internet access per month. The number of allocated hours or megabytes depends on the monthly service fee. The included data access under this plan comes at a price: the number of free call minutes or SMS is lesser as compared to regular postpaid plans. The customer, by the way, can choose between time-based or kilobyte-based charging.

iPhone plan subscribers also has access to Globe’s Wi-Fi network, Globe WIZ, but it depends on which iPhone plan the customer is subscribed to.

iPhone plans and postpaid plans require a 2-year contract.

Costs

Globe’s iPhone plan starts at ₱399 (~$8) per month and requires a cash-out of ₱30,650 (~$640) for the 16GB iPhone 3GS and ₱36,250 (~$750) for the 32GB iPhone 3GS. The 8GB iPhone 3G is available under this plan for  ₱25,050 (~$520).

For those interested in getting the iPhone 3GS for ‘free’ they have to pay ₱3299 (~$68) per month for the 16GB version, and ₱3999 (~$83) per month for the 32GB version. To get the 8GB iPhone 3G for ‘free’, a customer must pay ₱2199 (~$46) per month.

Visit Globe’s website for more details on their iPhone plans or regular postpaid plans for the iPhone 3GS.

Prepaid Kit

A prepaid iPhone 3GS kit is also available for those not interested in subscribing to a plan. The cost is ₱38,850 (~$800) for the 16GB model and ₱42,250 (~$880) for the 32GB model. No details yet on what’s included in the prepaid kit.

The iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are sim-locked to Globe. To date I have no idea if Globe does unlocking of units under certain conditions like some other carriers abroad do.

Reservations accepted

Globe will start accepting reservations for the iPhone 3GS on July 15, either by calling their hotline or by visiting any of their Globe Business Centers.

If I do go ahead and get myself the 16GB iPhone 3GS, I might go with the plan 899. My brother pointed out to me that plan 899 is the sweet spot based on the free number of call minutes, SMS and mobile internet hours per month. The plan above that costs too much.

I did a comparison among the different postpaid plans (including prepaid) and plan 899 offers the best bang for the buck. Based on my usage, that is.

I’m still on the fence; I’m not sure if I’m going to get the iPhone 3GS when it comes out July 31.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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