M1, StarHub – BT
iPhone to dock at StarHub, M1 tomorrow
SingTel to announce revised plans soon
IPHONE lovers will get to pick the Apple device from their ‘orchard’ of choice from tomorrow as the handset will finally be available from all three local mobile operators.
StarHub and MobileOne will launch the iPhone at their retails stores, along with four new mobile price plans.
Depending on the choice of iPhone, customers of the green camp will be able to get their hands on the device from $0 to $668. StarHub’s four monthly iPhone price plans range from $36 to $205.
They all offer 12 gigabytes (GB) of data for e-mail and Web surfing, except the top-tier offering that comes with an unlimited data bundle.
M1 subscribers can also pay nothing or $658 for the iPhone. It is trying to match StarHub by offering 10 GB of data for its basic $36 monthly plan – which is still 20 times what SingTel provides under its low-end iPhone plan.
When contacted, SingTel said that it would announce revised iPhone plans ‘within a few days’ in response to the heightened competition.
This is in line with market watchers’ predictions that the iPhone’s wider distribution could result in lower prices and sweeter subscription bundles.
SingTel was given first shot at selling the iPhone in 2008 and the exclusivity was extended to the latest model – the iPhone 3GS earlier this year.
StarHub and M1 clinched their iPhone deals last month, almost two years after they started talks with Apple.