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— CHANNEL NEWSASIA
The iPhone may finally see its official launch in Singapore by SingTel as early as September, according to industry sources.
When contacted, the telco would neither confirm nor deny this, but a local vendor who works closely with Apple associates in the United States told Channel NewsAsia that “SingTel has more or less sealed the deal”.
The iPhone is expected to arrive in the third quarter of the year, and retailers expect it to be priced at around $690.
But will there still be much demand? since the phone made its debut in the United States in June last year, Singaporeans have snapped up an estimated 10,000 sets.
Such buyers went through parallel importers, bought online or went to America, with some paying more than $1,000 to be among the first in Singapore to own the device.
Still, it is likely the latest 3G model that will be launched here, said Mr Zachary Wong, retail operations manager at iShop. “3G is the industry platform for this part of the world. So I think the demand for the newer model will be much higher.”
Apple has said it plans to sell 10 million units of iPhones in Asia this year.