The Waiting Game

12 08 2008

The rumor mills have been spinning like crazy. The inhabitants of this island have been staring, teary eyed, into the bright hope of Singapore getting an iPhone officially. That hope is now more real than ever before.

Ladies and getlemen, as we wait for the iPhone’s arrival, let us look at some things and figure what it would be like when the coveted phone finally hits our shores. Firstly, the pricing:

Contract Costs

Yes, we all know how super expensive the BlackBerry Service plans currently are. I mean seriously, if they want anyone to buy the iPhone at all, they should seriously consider lowering the cost of the iPhone plans. That is, if SingTel has plans of making them as high as the BlackBerry ones. Anyway, I believe that SingTel would be smart enough to come up with a student plan for the iPhone. Seriously, most of the Singaporean buyers would tend to be teenagers, NOT working professionals. Furthermore, as I have said earlier, it would only make sense for SingTel not to shatter the dreams of Steve Jobs wanting everyone to own an iPhone. They won’t want Phil Schiller breathing down their necks, would they?

No one would be willing to pay S$70 a month for the iPhone plan. Let alone paying for the device itself. So, what should the price be? I would suggest a comfortable S$45 a month for the cheapest plan. It is not too heavy on the pocket, neither is it too cheap to cause SingTel to go into a defeciet. The pricing of the iPhone plans should actually be fixed by now. Apple should have agreed to a price point or else it would not have been possible to have sealed a deal.

There is a chance that SingTel may provide unlimited data usage for the iPhone plans, or at the very least, provide complimentary unlimited data usage for the first, or first 3 months of subscription.

Device Cost

Steve Jobs had declared that the 8 GB iPhone would not cost more than US$199 in any country worldwide. Thus, it would be safe to assume that SingTel will keep to this prerequisite. However, knowing SingTel, I believe that it would be possible for the 8GB model to actually cost less. Free to be exact. Assuming that a customer goes for a more high end plan, he or she could be entitled to a free iPhone. The same could also be said of the iPhone 16 GB model.

So, what will actually be? Well, a new week has begun and SingTel had promised us answers. Stay tuned to Infinitech and keep checking your inboxes.


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