More information about the non-contract price of the iPhone 3G has been revealed. Recall that I previously posted news about the non-contract iPhone 3G price from AT&T at US$599 and US$699 respectively for the 8GB and 16GB models. The new information comes from the online Apple Store itself, which gave prices for the non-contract and unlocked iPhone 3G. It seems to be slightly more expensive than AT&T’s, probably because AT&T’s iPhone 3G will still be locked to the carrier.
The new prices have been revealed in the Apple Store Hong Kong, which lists the 8GB and 16GB models of the non-contract and unlocked iPhone 3G at HK$5400 and HK$6200 respectively (S$991 and S$1137 respectively).
Just to recap a little. SingTel currently sells the iPhone 3G at S$698 and S$848 for the 8GB and 16GB versions with the lowest priced contract. So we can work out that the lowest priced contract fetches about a S$290 subsidy. I think they can do better. Let’s just see what happens when StarHub and MobileOne enters the market.
Aside: I have a Nokia N95 8GB, so I keep wanting to draw comparisons with it. The iPhone 3G costs more than the N95 8GB (which currently goes for about S$900 without contract).
One thing to note about the non-contract unlocked iPhone 3G from Apple Store Hong Kong. The online store warns that the phone’s warranty service is restricted to the country where it was originally sold. This means if you “parallel import” the iPhone 3G from Hong Kong, you don’t get warranty from Apple in Singapore.