US mobile operator Verizon rejected a deal with Apple to carry the iPhone. So Apple went to Cingular, their competitor.
According to the story, Apple wants a share of the monthly subscriber fees and tighter control over the subscribers. That won’t work here in the Philippines. Even if hypothetically, our mobile operators gave Apple a share of their revenue, how much would that be?
This looks like Cingular will have a special “iPhone plan.” But the Philippines is prepaid country – look how many people carry high end phones but use them on prepaid.
So, if the iPhone sells in the Philippines, would it be a success under these conditions? Or will Pinoy iPhones be gray-market unlocked units?