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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is the iPhone coming to Singapore?

Apple iPhone
According to the local news, local telco giant SingTel will be bringing Apple's iPhone into Singapore in September! However, this hasn't been confirmed by SingTel as yet.

Still, I'm sure that there were generally three responses to this news:
  1. Gasps and moans from those who bought iPhones from the U.S. and hacked them to use locally,
  2. Screams of joy and desire by those who couldn't afford to buy the iPhones from the black market, and
  3. Calm indifference from the rest of the masses who can't understand the craven desires of these two groups of people.
My reaction to this piece of news was two-fold: Assuming that the news is true and SingTel will be bringing in the iPhone,
  1. Will it be a 3G version? Because there's no such thing as EDGE here.
  2. Is SingTel actually willing to give up part of its subscriber revenue to Apple (since that's Apple's policy)? How many sacred cows did it have to slaughter???
Personally, even if it does arrive in Singapore, I don't see myself buying it unless it has 3G capabilities and at least a 3-megapixel camera. I've seen the picture quality of the current iPhone and, while the photos look nice on the phone's screen, it just can't compare with what I get from my trusty Sony Ericsson K800i. And, of course, the price has to be right.

Anyway, September is only six months away. We'll just have to wait and see, unless some friends are willing to ignore the NDA gag order...


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