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Complete iPhone 4 Guide for Singapore: Pricing, Availability, More

Are you ready for the next invasion of iPhone 4 phones in Singapore? Soon the small and sleek phones will be all over again, be prepared. Here I answer all the important questions you need to know before the iPhone 4 launches in Singapore!

Apple iPhone 4 in SIngapore © Photo by Witer - Flickr

Before we get all Singapore – What makes the iPhone 4 so Special?

Alright, so before I answer all the Singapore related most wanted questions about the new iPhone 4 (Where, how, price ..) here is why you should get it in the first place.

A quick summary of its newest features (since I am sure you’ve heard all about it already anyway). But I found some great videos and first hand on reviews that you might find interesting.

  • New iPhone 4 Features:
  • Front Facing Camera (for Video Conferencing called Face Time). Review
  • New 5MP Camera and finally a LED flash. Video Review, Hands On
  • Video HD (720p) recording option Review
  • 3.5″ Retina Display (best display ever) Video Test, Review
  • New A4 Apple processor for awesome battery life Information, Video
  • iOS 4, including many new options like multi tasking Video, Review

Apples iPhone 4 in Singapore soon – Confirmed July 2010

While Apple will start selling the new iPhone 4 in its “primary” countries US, France, Germany, UK and Japan on June 24th, Singapore is confirmed to get the new high tech toy, sorry, phone, in July 2010.
Together with Hong Kong and 16 other countries the iPhone 4 will arrive on our shores only 1 month after the initial launch which is in line with how Apple handled the iPhone 3GS release here.

  • Release in July 2010, complete country list:
    • Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

Singtel, Starhub and M1 – Bringing the iPhone 4 soon

Good for the end user of the new iPhone 4, all three major telco providers in Singapore have already officially stated that they are very interested in offering the iPhone and will bring it to their customers “in the next months”.

Singtel, Starhub and M1 announced that will launch the phone soon to the Singapore market, but havent given any “official” availability date yet.

  • Official Telco Statements (Source Newspaper):
  • • Singtel: “keen to bring the latest iPhone to customers and we are in the final stage of discussions with Apple
  • • M1: “will launch the iPhone 4 in Singaporei n the coming months
  • • Starhub: “we expect to launch iphone 4 in the coming months

What’s the Price of the iPhone 4 in Singapore?

If we look at the prices of the US market and compare them to our local Singapore market, no big changes are to be expected.
The new iPhone 4 is priced exactly the same as the old iPhone 3GS in the US and I expect the same to be the case in Singapore.

Price details:
The 16GB model iPhone 4 will set you back $ and the 32 GB iPhone 4 will cost you $299, USD that is.

In Singapore the iPhone is subsidised by the Telco Providers, depending on your 2 year price plan subscription, you will have to pay from zero to 600$.

How can I upgrade my old Singapore iPhone to the new iPhone 4?

You basically will have two options when we look back at how the TelCos handled earlier iPhone upgrades:

  • Upgrade:
    You had to fulfill at least six months of your contract, for being eligible for an early upgrade offer where you’ll be required to top up a certain amount (up to 600$).
  • Trade In:
    The second, and cheaper option is to trade-in your older model for a certain amount (usually between 300$ and 400$).

Where do I get the iPhone 4 in Singapore before its official launch?

• This article will be very helpful for you: The 5 Best places to buy electronics in Singapore

And if you really cant wait that 1 month, here are 3 options:

  • 1. Fly to the Launch countries (June)
    The most simple but most expensive possibility is to book your ticket to either the US, France, Germany, UK or Japan, go shopping for as many iPhone 4 as you can and come back on the next flight.
  • 2. Ask a friend overseas to send it to Singapore
    This option is probably the cheapest but also very unsecure one. I had myexperiences with the Singapore Customs so I would be very careful in sending valuable and electronic goods to Singapore
  • 3. Get it on the Singapore Black Market
    The first iPhone 4s are sure to arrive very soon after its official launch in June all over the sneaky Tech places in Singapore. Take a walk though Sim Lim Square or Mustafa Center and you will for sure be able to get your hands on one of the (overpriced) model.
    (Read: 5 Places You should avoid when shopping in Singapore)

What’s up with that new micro SIM card? Can I get it in Singapore?

Yes, as soon as Apple announced the iPads features, and that it would only work with the new micro SIM card, the local Telco providers went on overnight shifts and soon later released their own micro SIM cards.
(Read: Apples Micro SIM Card explained)

  • • Starhub and M1 are selling the micro SIM card since 29th May
  • • Singtel is selling them since the 3rd of June, we are all set to go!

So, are you getting one?

I hope all this information made your decision a bit easier, please let me know if you have any more questions, I am sure to help you.. and after all, Are You Getting an iPhone 4?

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19 Comments

Pat

Very helpful info.

I’m a iPhone 3Gs user. If I change to 4G phone, could I sync all my 3Gs phone info. (eg. apps, ringtone, mails.. etc.) over to the new 4G phone??

SS

1. sync old 3Gs for the last time in your iTunes 9.2
2. buy or steal new iPhone 4
3. Connect the new one to the iTunes that u previously synced wit 3Gs.
4. Go to option, then restore from back up.
5. Choose the back-up with the latest date.

ringtones, contacts, sms, mails will all sync properly.

but many apps will crash. early solution is “delete all from iPhone 4 and install back from iPhone 4. It happened when I sync from iPhone to iPhone 3Gs, but no problem during iPhone to my sis iPhone 3G. It is due to CPU upgrade in hardware.

phusion

Hi pat.. I think its possible, provided if you know how to configure your new 4G to sync with your PC..
apps, (as long as you purchased it before)
contacts (must be either synced to your outlook/google contacts or stored in SIM card), ringtone (if you still have the original in your itunes),
SMS (if you have a 3rd party software)..

Rhea S

Yes definitely! So long as you keep your 3Gs backed up … Incase you haven’t just connect your iPhone 3Gs to your computer and sync the phone which will automatically back it up as well. When you connect your brand new iPhone 4 just selected your back up rather that setting it up as a new phone! :)

Edmund

how about the micro sim card? will singtel give us a free micro sim card or do we nid to chop the side off?

AnnonyMouse

What’s so complete about this post? No price and availability for Singapore telcos..

Reinhard

I am now in Germany.
No way to buy iPhone 4 in Germany without subscription and SIM lock. On top they have no stock.
Heart that France and UK might be okay. But maybe also no stock.

Marc

I wanted to get the iPhone 4 initially, but after reading the recent reports on the poor reception and explosion on the iPhone 4, I am now very apprehensive on buying the phone, at least the first batch. What’s your advice?

Kevin

Hi, could someone help me please. I would like to buy in Singapore since they are factory unlocked. Does that mean I can buy one without contract? and also how do I pre-order? Will they still have it by August 4th? I’m in US right now and can’t buy it here, desperate to buy one in Singapore. What should I do?

Madi

Is it possible to buy the factory unlock iphone from Singapore and if yes what would be the price?

christopher

is the rumor about the iphone 4 signal problem its true??

Moody

Not possible to buy iphone 4.0 without a contract at the moment.

Hyder

ive been waiting for iphone from starhub..theyre always out of stock..this is getting really frustrating

John

I stayed in singapore for the past 2 days due to flight transit and during this short period, I bought myself a black apple iphone 4 16gb (Yay!) from a guy in singapore for only S$1100. Honestly, it’s considered pretty cheap compared to the price back in my country. About 2.5 hrs later, I saw him outside my hotel room with his hands holding the iphone 4 I ordered. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with the price offered and the service received. So, if you’re interested to buy, I recommend you to visit: http://buyiphone4gsingapore.blogspot.com. Contact number: (+65) 9173 1623.

John

I stayed in singapore for the past 2 days due to flight transit and during this short period, I bought myself a black apple iphone 4 16gb (Yay!) from a guy in singapore for only S$1100. Honestly, it’s considered pretty cheap compared to the price back in my country. About 2.5 hrs later, I saw him outside my hotel room with his hands holding the iphone 4 I ordered. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with the price offered and the service received. So, if you’re interested to buy, I recommend you to visit: http://buyiphone4gsingapore.blogspot.com. Or call: (+65) 9173 1623.

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