If you’ve registered your interest with DiGi for the iPhone 4, you should have gotten a little teaser email this evening. DiGi says that the iPhone 4 is here and it will be available next week, making it anywhere between 19th-25th of September. Maxis is believed to be launching next week as well. Who will launch first? We will find out next week. This is it people, the iPhone 4 here in Malaysia next week!
Don’t forget to claim your free bumper from Apple as the case program ends 30th September.
As expected, the price for the new 8GB iPhone 3GS is similar to the old iPhone 3G price of the same capacity at the time the iPhone 3GS was introduced back in 2009.
With the entry-level 8GB 3GS introduced, it looks like the iPhone 4 is not far away from being launched in Malaysia. We may be off in our predictions on when the iPhone 4 will be launched but in terms of pricing you can expect it to be roughly if not exactly the same as the iPhone 3GS when it first came into the market here.
Also in terms of plans, we don’t expect much to change from the previous iPhone offerings. But if you recall, DiGi was the first to open registration of interest of the iPhone 4 on its website back in July 2010. So with the added competition from DiGi — who may or may not release the iPhone 4 earlier than Maxis — we’re expecting some deal sweetening offers from both sides.
Although the price of the phones might not change much the two telcos may go out on a limb to offer rebates and value-add freebies to get you to sign-up with them.
It’s going to be interesting to watch.
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UPDATE (20100920) : Maxis iPhone 4 plans for launch leaked. Read about it here.
UPDATE (20100917) : DiGi confirms iPhone 4 stock in Malaysia. To launch week of 20th September 2010. Read about it here.
We don’t know the pricing, we don’t know the plans and we don’t know when will the iPhone 4 be available in stores.
But we know the industry enough to be able to put out some predictions that’s pretty accurate. Earlier we predicted that pre-order, or more accurately, registration of interest (ROI), will happen after 19 July and it did.
Now that the ROIs are out, we can with some degree of accuracy predict when the in-store dates for the iPhone 4 will be. It will be roughly two weeks from today. If you count the exact days that puts the iPhone 4 launch on 3 August. But we’re going to go slightly conservative on our prediction put the iPhone 4 launch sometime within the week starting 2 August.
UPDATE: DiGi confirms iPhone 4 stock in Malaysia. To launch week of 20th September 2010. Read about it here.
It also turns out that our predictions on the pre-order date is correct but we got the telco completely wrong. We predicted earlier that Maxis will open pre-orders for the iPhone 4 sometime this week. It turns out DiGi quietly beat them to it.
No launch date has been released but if our predictions are true, Malaysians could be officially getting their iPhone 4s early in August. We wonder if DiGi’s move is actually a pre-emptive strike to defuse something that Maxis is planing to announce soon?
We still have a feeling that Maxis will announce something about the iPhone 4 soon.
Head on over to DiGi’s iPhone pre-order page for details
Our complete coverage of the iPhone 4:
BREAKING: Maxis launches iPhone 4 promo site
iPhone 4 with Maxis: Pre-orders when?
Maxis COO says iPhone 4 could be here in August, iPad 3G in the works
Countries getting the iPhone 4 and when
RUMOUR: DiGi to offer iPhone 4 in second half 2010
OFFICIAL: Maxis will launch the iPhone 4
UPDATE: Apple introduces iPhone 4. Could be in Malaysia as early as August
(UPDATE 1929hrs 12072010) Maxis made the announcement and sorry guys, it’s not what you think. Still no word on when the iPhone 4 will be here.
Maxis via tweeter today indicated that the telco will be announcing something exciting today.
Naturally, many of you, including us, are wondering if this impending announcement will have anything to do with the iPhone 4 coming to Malaysia soon.
We don’t know. It could be an announcement about the iPhone 4 or it could very well not be. So we’ll have wait for the official word from Maxis.
We predicted that iPhone 4 pre-orders will be open on Maxis sometime around 19 July, could this tweet mean that they are opening the pre-orders earlier? Let’s wait and see.
But if the recent DiGi revision in its own iPhone packages and the recent spate of announcements from Maxis upper management is anything to go by, this announcement could be the one many are waiting for.
Watch this space.
In our earlier post we mentioned that the most likely date for a Malaysian iPhone 4 launch is August. We highlighted a few reasons why we think August will be the month, one of the main point is Maxis would want to do get the launch over and done with before Ramadhan kicks in – which will be roughly around the second week of August.
Ok, assuming the launch will be before Ramadhan (roughly around the first week of August), we can work backwards and roughly have a feel of when the pre-orders for the iPhone 4 will open. And judging by Maxis’ previous trends with pre-orders, you’re looking at probably a two-week buffer before the launch date.
This will give the PR and Marketing people in Maxis enough time to create buzz and run some PR stunts and God forbid, run another top 10 review program. Pre-order for the iPhone 4 won’t start more than two weeks before its launch as from our own experience starting pre-orders more than two weeks ahead of the actual launch date of any device will be challenging. PR and Marketing will have a difficult time maintaining the excitement.
Today, just a day of the iPhone 4 launch in the US and a few other lucky countries, Maxis confirms on twitter that they will be bringing in the iPhone 3GS 8GB version which was announced together with the iPhone 4. No word on when but we have a strong feeling that it will be in August.
The iPhone 3GS 8GB will become the entry level iPhone and it will come with iOS 4 installed.
It is highly possible that the iPhone 4 will be introduced by Maxis at the same time.
With this latest development, we would be expecting pre-ordering for the iPhone 4 pretty soon.
In stores June 24 2010 (pushed back to July 14)
In stores July 2010
Apple will be adding another 24 countries in August and in September another 44 countries that will be getting the iPhone 4.
The question on everyone’s mind (well, in Malaysia at least) is when and which telco will be bringing in the iPhone 4. We can tell you right now, its not going to be July. We’re shooting for August and our money is on Maxis to be the first Malaysian telco to offer the iPhone.
(Update 20072010 1738hrs) Looks like our predictions are correct. BREAKING: DiGi opens pre-order for iPhone 4.
Immediately after the iPhone 4 was revealed at WWDC10, Maxis has announced that it will launch the device within the third quarter of this year.
Now sources deep within DiGi are throwing around the possibility of them launching the iPhone 4 in the second half of 2010.
We have to make it very clear that this is just a rumour. DiGi has yet to release any official word on this but there’s compeling evidence to say that this rumour could very well be true. We’ve pointed out DiGi’s CEO saying that DiGi are key partners with Apple and that DiGi fully understands that its subscribers expect to get the latest devices. So there might be some weight in this rumour.
There’s a whole six months in the second half of 2010 and that’s a big time window for things to happen. Based on the information we have, we can narrow down DiGi’s iPhone 4 launch to within a couple of months within the third quarter of 2010.
UPDATE (20100920) : Maxis iPhone 4 pricing and plans for launch leaked. Read about it here.
(UPDATE 2114hrs 20072010) BREAKING: Maxis launches iPhone 4 promo site with registration of interest.
(UPDATE 2050hrs 29062010) Maxis COO confirms that iPhone 4 is coming in August.
(UPDATE 1350hrs 08062010) We’ve gathered more updates from Maxis via twitter and here are a few more details of the Malaysian iPhone launch. It will not be next month but it will be within the third quarter of this year. So it looks like it will be either August or September. Again, we’re hoping its August
We just received an official statement from Maxis.
“Maxis Berhad will launch iPhone 4, the thinnest smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, in Malaysia in the coming months.”
Not much more detail have been revealed but if our predictions are right. The iPhone 4 could be here as early as August.
Now the next question is, will Maxis offer upgrade schemes like AT&T does with its iPhone subscribers?
We’ll let you know once we know.
And if you’re wondering, so far, no word from DiGi on what their plans are for the iPhone 4. Though DiGi’s CEO have mentioned that they are a key partner with Apple. Anything to say DiGi?