Attention, ladies and germs, this is breaking news: the iPhone has finally landed in the Philippines (Or am I the last to know??)! Recently spotted in 2 (not one! but TWO!) local malls, the iPhone is now for sale here in the Philippines for a suggested retail price that will cost as much as a semester in de La Salle University (there goes college). Details and more photos after the click-through.
One sad Saturday morning I decided to go to SM City Manila and knock myself out playing Drum Mania at Quantum (It's my second home). After about five hours of exhaustive "drumming", I thought I'd pay a visit to the cellphone shops on the next floor up, also to see how much the Nokia E50 would cost me when I finally buy it next payday. As usual I visited each cellphone shop one by one and to my surprise, I saw an iPhone look-a-like. I thought to myself how sickening China is becoming when it comes to piracy. That somebody ought to teach those pirates a lesson, not only for stealing original ideas of other people, but for making the whole industry (music, movies, consumer electronics and all) look downright ugly. But upon closer inspection (or about 5 seconds later) it occured to me that I was looking at the real thing: the iPhone, in the flesh! Of course I couldn't resist asking for a chance to paw at it, so I did. And it was great. And now I'm here wishing I could afford one when it finally hits our country with official specs (not to mention 3G). Or at least I hope I can buy an iPod Touch for Christmas. By the way if there are any generous souls reading this right now, please feel free to donate. God bless you. ^^
The name of the store I found selling the fully unlocked iPhones is Mega One and you can find it in SM City Manila and Robinson's Place Ermita. I'm guessing other Mega One branches in other malls are offering it too.
The picture here says it, bro. The price is more than a lot to ask for. But a store clerk told me that they have an ongoing promo for the iPhone. She said that anyone who buys a minimum of 3 iPhones will get them for P39,000 instead of the advertised P46,000. But I'm thinking, who in the heck would do that, 3 rich best-friends? Hmm... maybe.
These iPhones (for sale in Mega One) are fully unlocked iPhones that will work with any SIM card from any local network. That means you can experience the same old Smart, Sun, and Globe experience in a brand new way, which is - touchy-feely courtesy of the Apple iPhone. It will work with all hacks, too. But be warned that this phone is not under the International Apple Care warranty since it is a hacked iPhone, and its Firmware is not updated to the latest version to avoid being bricked (and non-functional as a phone). If you know a good hacker, buy this phone and let him do the magic in updating it. Don't say I didn't warn you though. Caveat Emptor.