updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue August 19, 2008
SingTel iPhone plans
Singaporean carrier SingTel has confirmed its pricing plans for the iPhone 3G, launching August 22nd. Customers looking to purchase the phone will be able to pick between seven different plans, which are broken down into two categories: iFlexi and SingTel. The iFlexi plans range from $56 to $205 a month, and come pre-bundled with data plans offering up to 3GB; the data options are, however, only available until September 5th. The SingTel plans range from $26 to $193 a month, but require people to add data separately, for instance through the BroadBand on Mobile Plus package which gives users 500MB of data a month for $20. Overage charges are $0.0019 per kilobyte, roughly equal to $2 per megabyte.
The price of an actual iPhone depends heavily on the plan that is chosen. An 8GB device can cost as much as $700 or as little as $0, while the 16GB model can cost up to $850, or once again be free. In local context these phones and plans may be considered overpriced compared to other options, making the iPhone 3G a luxury.