The first thing that comes to your mind when we say “Apple product release” is finding out what it is (as you should). Since we’ve got that covered, there’s the second matter of order – getting your hands on one.
We’ve heard from some of our trusted sources that the iPhone 6 will be made available in Singapore on 19 September, which Apple has since confirmed, and if you intend on being one of the first few to own it, you definitely need a strategy, and we’re here to help you with that.
It may take a few days longer, but you don’t have to deal with the hassle of a crazy crowd, especially bumping bodies with sweaty people (who may not have showered if they’ve been queuing for more than a day). You can get your details in to one of the main three telcos (M1, SingTel, or StarHub) plus, you can do it from the comforts of your own home.
UPDATED 11/09/14: SingTel and StarHub, have officially opened up registration of interest pages on their respective websites for the iPhone 6 and/or the iPhone 6 Plus. SingTel will be offering both the 4.7in iPhone 6 and the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus from 19 September on its six new and improved Combo mobile plans (if you recall, it most recently axed its Flexi mobile plans and replaced them with these).
StarHub’s put out a note in addition to its registration of interest that although the registration is needed for all bookings, it doesn’t guarantee a successful booking, which are handled on a “first come first serve basis, while stocks last, and subject to your mobile service sign-up or renewal eligibility”. As for M1, it’s yet to start the registration process, but it’s announced that the units will go on sale on 19 September from 8am.
[Image: Ricky Chew]
Breakdown of pricing - M1
UPDATED 16/09/14: All the telcos are experiencing "high traffic volumes" with the pre-ordering and registrations of interest for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus - apparently, a record number of 4 million pre-orders were logged globally on the first day itself. And with the three major telcos in Singapore releasing their mobile service pricings with the smartphones, you'll need to consider hard which works best for you.
M1 was the first to announce its price plans, and we think out of the three telcos, it is the one that offers the cheapest mobile deals across all of its plans. We would go with the i-Lite+ price plan, for which you’ll have to pay S$41 a month on a two-year contract. This comes with 200 minutes of voice/video calls, 1000 SMS/MMS, 3GB of data, and permanently waived 4G VAS, amongst other benefits.
The 16GB iPhone 6 will cost you S$525 on the plan, and if you’re after the iPhone 6 Plus, the 16GB version will cost you S$665 on it. You’ll also get the same mobile benefits as with the iPhone 6.
Breakdown of pricing - StarHub
Each of StarHub's plans are slightly more expensive than those tagged to the iPhone 5S last year, but 4G charges are permanently waived.
StarHub's competitive 4G 5 price plan (available from 31 October) will give you 450 minutes of talktime, 1300 SMS, and 5GB of data, for S$82.90. The 16GB iPhone 6 will be bundled with this plan for S$65, while the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus will cost you S$199.
Breakdown of pricing - SingTel
Here's what it's going to look like with SingTel - the most sensible plan to take that comes with sufficient data and talk time without busting your wallet would be SingTel’s Combo 2, which will cost S$42.90 a month on a two year contract. The 16GB iPhone 6 will be priced at S$518 with this deal, while alternatively, the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus will cost you S$648.
You’ll get 200 minutes of free talk time, 1000 SMS, and 2GB of data with it. Just like the other major telcos, 4G VAS will be waived permanently and you’ll also get to enjoy 2GB of SingTel Wi-Fi across popular locations in Singapore (unlimited usage until 31 July 2015).