MANILA, Philippines – Rivals Smart Communications Inc. of dominant carrier Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. expect strong demand for the new Apple iPhone 5s and 5c which will be made available to subscribers on Nov. 15.
Kathy Carag, head of the postpaid business group of Smart, said the company is giving subscribers flexible options to easily own the latest iPhones with the country’s most advanced mobile service network and widest long term evolution (LTE) coverage.
“Our subscribers have been keenly anticipating our iPhone plans. The good news is we’re offering a wide range of choices so they can select the plan that will best suit their lifestyle and let them experience the full capabilities of their phone – whether they need fast web browsing, extensive multimedia streaming or frequent use of data-driven applications.” Carag said.
The iPhone 5s (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) and iPhone 5c (16GB, 32GB) will be offered under Smart Postpaid’s Freedom Plan, All-In Plans 500, 800, 1200, 1800 and 2500; iPhone Plans 999 and 2499; and UnliData Plans 1500, 2000 and 3000.
Subscribers are expected to enjoy premium perks and services when they avail of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with Smart Infinity Plans 3500, 5000 and 8000. They could get any color of the iPhone 5c (16 GB) for only P1,499 a month with the iPhone Plan 999 (P999 monthly service fee plus P500 device amortization via credit card).
For those who need more free voice and text credits, the iPhone 5c (16 GB) can be availed with an UnliData Plan 1500 with a P2,500 cash-out. The UnliData Plan 1500 comes with unlimited data connection plus 60 free all-net minutes and 120 free all-net SMS.
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Meanwhile, those interested in the iPhone 5s can get the 16GB model for only P1,799 a month with the iPhone Plan 999 (P999 monthly service fee plus P800 device amortization via credit card).
The iPhone 5s (16GB) is also available at UnliData Plan 2000 with a P2,500 cash-out. UnliData Plan 2000 comes with unlimited data connection plus 150 free all-net minutes and 200 free all-net SMS.
For Smart Infinity subscribers, the iPhone 5s (16GB) at Plan 5000 comes with 2 VIP tickets to Wicked or P14,000 worth of gift certificates. Plan 8000 subscribers meanwhile get both the iPhone 5s (32GB) and iPhone 5C (16GB).
Globe, on the other hand, unveiled its suite of first-ever fully-customizable postpaid plans, including an exclusive gadget upgrade program that allows subscribers to get a new iPhone every year.
With our long-standing partnership with Apple in bringing the iPhone to Filipinos nationwide, Globe is poised to offer the best deals to the market, led by our iPhone Forever program which will allow subscribers to upgrade to a new iPhone every year with a hassle-free trade-in process for free or at a minimal one-time cashout. This year, we are upping the ante with our best-in-class iPhone offer yet, because no one knows the iPhone like we do,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom.
To avail of the iPhone Forever program, subscribers must choose which postpaid plan best fits their lifestyle and budget. For as low as 1599, subscribers could avail of an iPhone 5c 16GB for free with a 24-month contract period. The plan bundle comes with 1 gigabyte (GB) of consumable LTE data plan monthly that allows mobile internet surfing of up to 42 Mbps and a monthly consumable amount for call and text combo services.
On the other hand, subscribers can get the iPhone 5s 16GB for free with the iPhone Forever Plan 1999 at a contract period of 24 months, also bundled with 1 GB of monthly consumable LTE data plan and a consumable amount for calls and texts.