Always wanted to get your hands on an iPhone, but you fall under these conditions: 1) You don't live in the USA and don't have access to AT&T 2) You live in the USA but don't want to switch to AT&T and don't want to risk the messy (and often fatal) unlocking and most importantly 3) You don't want to spend an exuberant amount of money on the iPhone?
Well the wait is finally over, Apple is finally releasing the 3G iPhone, which will be priced at a reasonable $199 (8GB version, the 16GB version is $299) or about plus minus PhP10000, to the world. Yes the World. Most major cities anyway.
The countries to get the iPhone by July 11 will be:
Australia, Austria, Belgium (French), Belgium (Dutch), Canada (English), Canada (French), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (French), Switzerland (German), UK, USA
And The list of countries slated to distribute the iPhone later this year:
Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, C. African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Niger, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (Yehey!), Poland, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Qatar, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay.
The 3G iPhone will be slightly thicker than it's predecessor at 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.48 inches and will weigh about 4.7 ounces. For those network happy users, the 3G iPhone is equipped with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), UMTS / HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. Owing to it's 3G core, the new iPhone is definitely faster than the 2.5G iPhone, roughly 30-40% faster pageloads.
Can't wait for the it's release here in the Philippines! Oh but wait, $199 + buttload of taxes and other network markup, I'm guessing it'll actually be around $299-399 here. Sigh.