SingTel releases iPhone 3GS Upgrade Pricing

iPhone 3GS

Guess what?  SingTel is making the iPhone 3GS affordable for everyone with an early upgrade fee of S$600 + handset pricing as seen in the following chart.  They know I have an iPhone 3G 30-month contract that is barely into its 10th month, and because I am such a valued (read: data-hungry high-ARPU mobile subscriber with Apple Fanboy sticker on my forehead) SingTel customer, I will have the chance to lay my geeky hands on Apple’s latest iteration of its iPhone, the 32GB 3GS at a swell price of S$338.  This assumes a S$400 trade-in value for my existing iPhone 3G.

Singtel iPhone 3GS handset pricing chart

S$600 upgrade fee + S$138 handset price for 32GB version – S$400 trade-in of my existing iPhone 3G 16GB = S$338

Given that I have paid S$400 during the iPhone 3G launch back in Aug 2008 (S$200 cash + S$200 trade-in of my old mobile phone), making us pay an additional S$338 only 10 months on seemed like a major rip-off.

A quick visit to HardwareZone’s buy-and-sell forums threw up a resale price range of between S$700 – 800 for the iPhone 3G 16GB.  Seems to me a much better way to dispose of my current baby for almost no net loss, in exchange for a shiny new toy.

Shame on you, SingTel *clucks tongue*.  You should’ve saved me the hassle of doing it myself.

Update: I posted it on HardwareZone and sold it within 15 minutes.  Not too shabby…

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.