The cat’s out of the bag. Or in this case, M1’s price plans for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Before we reveal the prices, remember this - the new iPhones are pricier than its predecessors by at least S$60. Now that we’ve got you mentally prepared, here’s the kicker - the prices tied to a two-year contract have increased. The price difference between a subsidised 16GB iPhone 6s to a 64GB version is S$155, while the 128GB version costs S$310 more. But considering that the difference without a contract would be S$170 and S$340 respectively, you aren’t shortchanged in this aspect.
While it is subsidised, it might mean little if you’re on the lowest i-Lite plan. Practically speaking, you’ll be signing up for an i-Lite+ plan which costs S$42 per month, giving you 3GB of data instead of the meagre 300MB on the lowest i-Lite plan.
Using the i-Lite+ plan as a comparison point, you receive a subsidy of S$478, S$493 and S$508 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions respectively. The caveat for these subsidies is that you’ll be paying S$42 per month for the next two years, amounting to S$1008.
But if you’re in the market for a new phone and you have to sign up for a new plan, this shouldn’t be an issue.
What we noticed, however, is that the monthly subscription has gone up by S$1 for the i-Lite+, i-Reg, i-Reg+ and i-Max plans while the highest i-Max+ plan has a S$20 increase compared to the launch prices from last year’s iPhone 6. So in the long run, you’re paying S$24 (or S$480 for the i-Max+ plan) more.
In short, you’ll be paying more for the new iPhones.
We’ll be following up with a full price plan comparison once Singtel and StarHub unveils their price plan. Which, honestly, should be very soon.