That’s right! But there’s a catch. It was just last week when Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO announced the bigger and better sets of iPhones — the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus phablet. During the official unveiling, it was also announced that the new set of iPhones will be available in the US and other countries starting today, granted that a pre-order was made.
Although Apple and local carries like Globe and Smart have not yet announced a date for the official launch of the much anticipated bigger set of iPhones in the Philippines, Widget City, a local retailer announced just today that they are already accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus with a serving date starting September 23, 2014 — just 5 days from today!
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus features bigger screens compared to the 4 inch found on it’s predecessor, the iPhone 5S. Both devices are also thinner and comes with iOS 8 out of the box. With this release, Apple decided to kill the 32 GB variant for both phones, and opted to give us a bigger 128 GB variant. Get to more about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by reading our in-depth article here.
With Widget City’s announcement of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, patrons and Pinoys out there who wants to get their hands on the devices can do so real soon, ahead of most people without having the need to even go to key markets like Hong Kong, Singapore and other neighboring countries with earlier release dates than the Philippines.
Available in Black, Gold and Silver, the 16 GB variant of the iPhone 6 will retail at Php 52,500 from Widget City. The 64 GB variant on the other hand costs Php 57,500 while the 128 GB comes with a price tag of Php 62,500. And as a bonus, the local online store is throwing a free Clear Skin Case available in Transparent, Transparent Gold, and Transparent Black to compliment your iPhone 6’s chosen color that is actually Anti Shock, Anti Scratch and Anti Slip.
The bigger iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB on the other hand will retail at Php 92,500, Php 102,500 for the 64 GB variant and a whooping Php 108,500 for the 128 GB variant.
Now the prices are ridiculously high, since the contract free 16 GB variant of the iPhone 6 retails for only ~Php 28,000 from T-Mobile USA (a difference of Php 24,500) while the contract free 128 GB variant of the iPhone 6 Plus retails at ~Php 41,000 also from T-Mobile — a huge difference of Php 67,500 (sans tariffs, taxes, and fees). But, these are the prices one could be willing to pay for just exclusivity.
That’s pretty much the catch, just so if you’re willing to pay this much to get the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus way ahead of everyone else. Otherwise, we may just wait until local telcos have its official launches as well.