Report: SingTel gets Apple iPhone exclusive in Singapore, to launch in September

“Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. is launching iPhone in September, but the telco has declined to confirm or deny that it has struck a deal with iPhone maker Apple Inc, local broadcaster Channel News Asia reported, citing industry sources,” Jonathan Burgos reports for Thomson Financial.

“‘The news, if true, is positive for SingTel. Given iPhone’s (appeal to consumers), we believe iPhone would lead to higher market share for SingTel. However, the impact on SingTel’s bottom line should not be very significant given Apple’s hard bargaining tendency and tough competition from StarHub,’ said DBS Vickers in a note to clients,” Burgos reports.

“Even though iPhone is not yet available in Singapore, DBS said Singaporeans have bought an estimated 10,000 units since the mobile phone was launched in the US in June last year, with some paying as much as 1,000 Singapore dollars for a unit,” Burgos reports. “If the news is true, SingTel would likely be the first telco to officially launch iPhone in Asia.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Markkus” for the heads up.]

Lah! And you can bet it’ll be 3G by then, too.


  1. Yes, the iPhone international rollout is slow, but Apple is also having to deal with a multitude of licensing and registration issues. Plus, this is not the same distribution model that other mobile phone companies are using, so Apple has to convince the telecomm companies to follow its model. That requires time and negotiations, very likely with multiple potential partners.

  2. @ralph
    If it is Apple’s greed your are talking about (which is the way I read it), I would suggest that is less greed than creating a viable R&D;budget for the iPhone. Let’s face it, the old model of telcos keeping all user revenue while demanding cheaper and cheaper phones has contributed to a stagnation in development. iPhone broke that mold and Apple can continue fund continued improvements in a better fashion of the telcos share. It also allows them to have exclusivity which differentiates their (carriers) brand. Everyone wins, including he consumer.

  3. its a lot of things that make the process slow for roll-out, remember its the 1st to offer the manufacturers music download service and not the carriers, etc, they are still re-writing the rules

  4. Well O2 seem to be doing very nicely thank you out of this ‘greedy’ deal. This is the start of real mobile computing and media devices the old stale telco model is totally unsuitable for this revolution which is why they are all struggling to improve profits even on dull dumb phones let alone anything much, much better which is inevitably more expensive to develop.

  5. @ Ampar

    “Majulah Singapura”

    Nice one! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    @ MDN Take

    “Lah! And you can bet it’ll be 3G by then, too.”

    Another nice one! Welcome to the land of the “Lahs”! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. For anyone interested, a little bit more detail here.

    Hopefully, the fact that SingTel owns (or at least is a major shareholder) of several telcos in other countries will help tip the scales in their favour in those countries too.

    I personally don’t care too much if its 3G or not. But i guess it could be a “bonus”. Especially since the wife just bought a 3G Samsung phone yesterday. In any case, I’ll just be super glad to finally replace my Treo 650 with something good. None of the currently available phones appeal to me so far – a side effect wanting the iPhone since it was announced!

    Come on SingTel, on the double! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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