Malaysia: Malaysians have been waiting for iPhone 4 from local telcos, Maxis and DiGi, for months but still no sign of release date. Here are the reasons why Malaysians want to buy iPhone 4 from the neighbor country, Singapore.
1. iPhone 4 is not available yet in Malaysia
It is now 24th August, a month since both Maxis and DiGi announced their iPhone 4 register of interest pages, Malaysians are still waiting for their iPhone 4.
Maxis teased us that “iPhone 4 is coming very soon” in early August. But still no words about release date.
2. You can buy Singapore iPhone 4 online (Contract Free!)
Singapore Apple Online Store is selling unlocked, contract free iPhone 4 on its website. Malaysians could ask their relatives or friends in Singapore to help to order iPhone 4 online. Waiting period is 2-3 weeks.
3. Singapore iPhone 4 is CHEAP!
Even IF Malaysia iPhone 4 has been released, you might also want to consider buying a Singapore iPhone 4, because it is the 2nd cheapest iPhone 4 in the World (Hong Kong iPhone 4 is the cheapest)
See the image above.
Singapore iPhone 4 16GB is SGD$888 (around RM2050); iPhone 4 32GB is SGD$1048 (around RM2418). As comparison, the Maxis iPhone-3GS-not-4 32GB without contract is RM2990.
My two cents
Ever since Maxis and DiGi announced to offer iPhone 4, I keep getting questions about the iPhone 4 release date. Too bad, I have no little bird inside the telcos to leak any info.
Here I predict that Malaysians will get iPhone 4 in September 2010.
If Maxis and DiGi do NOT offer iPhone 4 in September, they might lose many customers: some buy iPhone 4 in Singapore; others can’t wait and switch to Android smartphones.
Don’t you agree?
[img via MacStories.net, modified by editor]