No rush, queue for latest iPhone SE

A journalist takes a photograph of the new iPhone SE smartphone in Cupertino, California, on March 21, 2016.
A journalist takes a photograph of the new iPhone SE smartphone in Cupertino, California, on March 21, 2016. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - Customers who want to get their hands on Apple's latest iPhone offering, the petite 4-inch iPhone SE, can purchase them from all three local telcos on Thursday (March 31).

But unlike other launches of Apple's flagship iPhone models, the launch of the iPhone SE was a relatively muted affair, with no snaking queues at telcos or frenzied consumer rushes to collect their new phones.

The new iPhone comes in two models, 16GB and 64GB, and in four colours - Gold, Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold.

Those who want to purchase only the phone can do so at $658 for the 16GB model and $828 for the 64GB model.

For M1 customers, the new iPhone 16GB starts at $340 for customers who sign up with the telco's i-Lite plan, which costs $28 per month. The 64GB version will set them back $490 at the same plan. Subscribers to their $82/month plan can get the phone at no upfront cost.

This basic plan only offers subscribers 300Mb of data per month. Those who want 3GB of monthly data can sign up for the $42/month plan, and pay $215 or $365 for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone SE respectively.

 

For Singtel, the price plan for the base 16GB model starts at $350 for the phone at their $27.89 per month Combo 1 plan. At the same plan, the 64GB model will cost $499.

This plan, however, comes only with 100MB of mobile data. Those who want 2GB of monthly data can purchase the 16GB iPhone SE at $216 or 64GB iPhone at $365 through the Combo 2 plan, which comes with 200 minutes of talktime and 1,000 SMS/MMS.

Subscribers to their $82.90/month plan can get the phone at no upfront cost.

StarHub's base offering is their $42.90/month plan, and customers can get the 16GB iPhone at $199 or the 64GB version at $334. This plan comes with 3GB of mobile data, 1,000 SMS/MMS and 150 minutes of local talktime.

There is no upfront cost to both models of the phone for consumers who sign up for StarHub's$82.90/month plan.