It's confirmed: Christmas is coming a month early in the country. That is, if you're one among the many wanting to get their hands on either the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. Apple's newest smartphones are set to arrive in the Philippines on November 15, as confirmed by both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications today, October 25.
Recall that the iPhone 5 was released on December 15, 2012.
Globe broke the news via Twitter at 9:20 a.m., while a representative from Smart sent us an email shortly after that. Globe's iPhone registration page can be found here, and Smart's microsite can be accessed via this link.
Now that the Philippine release date for the new iPhones has been revealed, all that's left for us to speculate about are the prepaid and postpaid pricing.
It's likely that the 16GB model of the iPhone 5s will be free on postpaid plans that start at P2,000 and the iPhone 5c will be bundled on plans that cost as low as P1,500.
As for SIM-free pricing, we're guessing the base model of the iPhone 5s, which costs $649 in the U.S., will be priced between P33,000-P36,000. The iPhone 5c, which costs $549 in the U.S., will surely retail for less than P30,000.
Take note that according to Smart's Online Store, the iPhone 5 now costs P23,800. We have yet to receive Globe's new iPhone 5 pricing, but they have promised to send it soon, so watch this space.