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The Malaysian Apple Online Store now offers the unlocked iPhone 5 without contract. If you don’t plan to get one with telco contract, you won’t need to wait much longer as the iPhone 5 are listed as “in-stock” at time of writing. The free shipping takes 1-3 business days after shipping which means you should be able to receive it by next week. As comparison, the iPad mini is still listed with 2 weeks shipping time.
In terms of pricing, there’s no surprises with the 16GB going for RM2,199 followed by the 32GB at RM2,499 and 64GB at RM2,799. To order yours, head over to the Apple Store iPhone 5 page.
Alternatively, Senheng & SenQ are selling them at their nationwide outlets starting today.
UPDATE: SenQ has updated that stocks are very limited. Those who are interested can place a reservation with stock expected to arrive in 1-2 days time.
If you don’t fancy getting an iPhone 5 on contract, you can purchase one outright without contract from Senheng and SenQ outlets nationwide. It goes on sale today, where iPhone 5 is officially available for Malaysia.
In terms of pricing, it is the same recommended retail pricing as follows:
iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
UPDATE: Celcom bundled pricing updated with fixed rebate amount.
The iPhone 5 will be officially available at midnight with the big 3 telcos – Maxis, DiGi & Celcom offering the device on contract. Outright, the iPhone 5 is going for RM2,199 (16GB), RM2,499 (32GB) and RM2,799 (64GB).
Being a smart phone that’s mobile internet intensive, getting an iPhone 5 from telcos would make sense as they would be subsidising some of the cost through discounted phone price or lowered subscription fees.
So the question is which plan should you pick if you plan to go on contract? The 3 telcos offer plans with different bundling, subsidy structure at different price points. To help you decide, we have compared the subscription plans and the minimum total cost of ownership for easy reference.
Head after the break for the full comparison.
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UPDATE: iPhone 5 officially announced for Malaysia on 14th December.
Twitter follower @kmhor87 points us to a listing on Mid Valley’s website indicating that Maxis will be organizing an “iPhone 5 promotion” from November 5 to November 11. Whether the listing is deliberate or accidental, we now have a possible answer for the question that many have been asking for a while now – when will the iPhone 5 come to Malaysia?
From the Mid Valley listing, we deduce that the iPhone 5 launch date in Malaysia will very likely be on Friday, November 9 with pre-orders and ROIs starting early in the week. Corroborating this information are job listings for part-time iPhone 5 promoters here and here that cropped up online about a week ago. If this is true, you should be able to get official units of the iPhone 5 in Malaysia from 12:01am on November 9. If the date is correct, Celcom, DiGi and Maxis will start selling the iPhone simultaneously then.
So what can we expect from Maxis? We’re thinking a possible revamp of its iPhone plans to offer more value and additional data. Also expect a contract extension offer and maybe a special deal for One Club members. In terms of device pricing, we don’t expect the iPhone 5 to deviate much from the prices of the iPhone 4S when it was first released here – approximately RM2,200 for 16GB, RM2,600 for 32GB and RM2,900 for 64 GB.
And no, the LTE version of the iPhone 5 will not be available in Malaysia officially, please stop asking us.
Expect more iPhone 5 details including launch details and pricing from other operators to crop up as we move closer and closer to the big day.
As always, stay tuned for latest updates and follow us on Twitter for the most up to date developments on the iPhone 5 coming to Malaysia.