Was the iPhone 3G launch a success? ~ Pinoy Reviews

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Was the iPhone 3G launch a success?

So, it has been more than a week since the iPhone launch, was it a success? For the upper class people in which Globe seems to be heavily marketing it, a maybe yes. I've been frequenting Starbucks and I've only seen about two people with iPhones. As for the middle class, well, none of my office mates seem to care or talk about the iPhone. Yes, they know it by name but they think all touch screen phones are "iPhones", they even taught a China phone with a TV antennae was an iPhone.

The iPhone launch party may seem like a success, however, the day of the actual release of the phone, I was expecting to see a line in Globe wireless centers, however, there were no lines whatsoever. Maybe if the iPhone didn't cost P37,000 pesos in the first place then maybe it would be a success. In the US, the iPhone costs around $199, that's the price of a mid-range phone. A mid-range phone in the Philippines cost P10,000-P20,000 based on comparison of mobile phone prices released here and in the US.

Now, the Samsung Omnia, on the other hand (which I actually bought) seems to be rather generating a buzz of its own. I've canvassed some mobile phone stores in different malls and two stores were already out of stock or their stock is by order only and the saleslady told me that it was because "mabili" or the phone was popular. Now I don't know whether this is true but I've already seen two people who just bought their Omnia's while I was strolling at the mall. Not bad for something that's not so hyped and doesn't even have a TV ad.